Taiwanese Netizens Get Executive Yuan Youtube Channel Banned
EVA passed on this funny news to be this evening. The Executive Yuan, the Governing part of the ROC’s five pillars of State, released a video to their youtube channel in promotion of their new economic policy. Here’s the video:
And here’s a rough translation of the voice over:
Introducing the new Policy To Revitalise the Economic. What is it?
We wanted to let everyone be able to understand using a few simple words,
But ah! Only a few simple words can not properly describe such a policy
Economic development requires comprehensive planning,
in order to for the Economy to revitalise.
And these programs are, of course, very complicated!
What’s important is that there’s lots of activity and momentum.
So I’ll not waste words and time telling you and just get to work!
Unfortunately, this PR stunt has backfired somewhat on the Executive Yuan because irate Taiwanese netizens took it upon themselves to make known their confusion and disappointment with ‘the ad that said nothing’. They did this by reporting the video as spam to Youtube, en masse. Youtube actioned its normal S.O.P and promptly deleted the Executive Yuan’s channel and account:
The media, smelling blood in the air, jumped all over it and asked the spokesperson why they made this video and, more to the point, why they spent NT$8 million on it. The spokesman explained that actually the video was the brainchild of his recently departed predecessor and that the video was actually only the first in a series of five videos produced to promote the Executive Yuan’s economic policies. I very much doubt that the overall production value, theme, narrative and composition of the remaining four ads is going to represent a quantum leap in improvement over the first, in which case the Executive Yuan might want to bury this one and write off that NT$8 mil.
Besides, it’s not like they’re going to be able to put them on Youtube anyway, lol.