Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Video of Chinese employees crawling on their hands and feet spark outrage online

A somewhat bizarre video made its rounds on Chinese social media this week, showing Chinese employees crawling on their hands and feet during an official event.

The video, that was recorded during a Chinese New Year annual company dinner, was first posted by a popular Weibo blogger (@社畜茶水间) on January 18.

The 15-second clip shows how both men and women dressed in formal attire crawl on the ground while loudly repeating: “I had promised, I take responsibility”

The scene was filmed by one of the people attending the annual dinner.

With over 21,620 shares on Weibo and over 300,000 ‘likes,’ the post stirred controversy among Chinese netizens this week.

A hashtag relating to the incident received approximately 60 million views

According to the post, crawling on the ground is a punishment for those employees who fail to achieve their promised sales performance.

The company was later identified as a Chinese food and beverage corporation.

The majority of netizens criticized the video.

Many consider the punishment to be degrading to these individuals, calling it a “practice of slavery.”

Employees of the company have reportedly responded to the controversy, saying that nobody was forced to crawl on the ground and that it was a “voluntary” action. The response was widely disregarded on Weibo.

This is not the first time a video like this, in which employees seemingly punished in bizarre ways, goes viral on Chinese social media.

In 2017, another video in which employees slapped each other’s face with great force also spread on Weibo.

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