You know David Bowie is crying in a corner somewhere about this.
And yes, I realize I may be a bit late in posting this, but hell, it needed to be blogged about anyways. So listen to this SHIT:
“Liu Yan, who was part of the Silk Road dance (of the Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremonies), fell more than three metres from a piece of scenery, landing on her head and back after a miscalculation by other performers who were supposed to catch her on a moving platform.”
And the shitty part? Well, the first part being the gov’t lied and said she just broke her leg, but damn:
“Sources inside the stadium told The Telegraph that Liu was left lying in agony on the set for more than 50 minutes before she was attended by paramedics because of the strict security cordon which had been thrown around the rehearsals.”
But hey, at least Zhang Yimou, the director of the entire opening ceremonies (the same guy who wanted 16,000 shirts to be yellow instead of blue two days before the ceremony, came to visit her in the hospital). “You paid such a great price for the Olympic Games and for our country. This made me very, very heart-broken. We are very grateful to you, and so is our country.”
She’s now a T11 para. One can only help wonder what kind of life, in any, lies ahead for Yan in the years ahead. It’s not like China is all over equal-treatment of people with disabilities. Poor thing.