Sunday, September 13, 2015

The thin red line

Three cheerleaders of Lamigo, a local professional baseball team, were suspended from work until the end of this year for failing to file a prior report for posing as models of a desk calendar in support of KMT presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu. Lamigo spokesperson said these three cheerleaders were refrained from work for they had stepped across the ‘red line’ for political correctness was the vital lifeline of Taiwan’s professional baseball teams.

The three girls had already been bullied severely online when Hung released the desk calendar to promote her campaign. Some Internet users remarked sympathetically that they girls might still keep their cheerleaders job if they had done the propaganda stuff for Tsai Ing-wen, the opposition DPP chair and candidate of the coming 2016 election.

Double standard is particularly obvious in our society when politics is involved. There is little we can do about it. However, the rights of the three cheerleaders to work should be protected if they have not violated any articles stipulated on their contracts. If it is true that their rights to work are infringed, even Tsai should stand out and speak for them.

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