Monday, November 22, 2010

Should MacGyver Rescue Liu Xiaobo?

Given his critique on the authoritarian side of Marxist-Leninist socialism, should MacGyver rescue 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo?

By: Ringo Bones

As the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo is slated to award the most deserving yet also this year’s most controversial Peace laureate, MacGyver’s old enemies – states that still practice the strong authoritarian form of Marxist-Leninist socialism, especially the People’s Republic of China, are planning a boycott of this year’s Nobel prize ceremonies. But you can count out MacGyver’s most loyal fans from siding with them, and our beef with these authoritarian regimes goes as far back as 1989 – way before these countries even “rebranded” themselves.

To the dismay of MacGyver’s South-East Asian fans, we can only view the episode “Children of Light” – a MacGyver episode very critical of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 4, 1989 - by availing ourselves with those rather pricey original MacGyver DVD box-sets since even Mainland Chinese DVD bootleggers seems to have no interest whatsoever of making pirated copies of MacGyver’s “Children of Light” episode for fear of the Beijing Communist Party functionaries coming down on their lucrative industry. But is this reason enough for our hero, Angus MacGyver, to rescue Mainland Chinese human rights activist and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo?

Ever since his imprisonment as one of the organizers of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations of 1989, Liu Xiaobo has been in and out of Mainland Chinese prisons since then. And as of late, he is currently serving a prison sentence for calls of reforming the Beijing Communist party back in 2008. Unfortunately for the Beijing government, Liu Xiaobo’s incarceration had earned him legions of supporters around the world.

For Liu Xiaobo to accept this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway in person, a MacGyver style rescue of him from the Mainland Chinese “gulag” he is currently incarcerated in would be a great publicity coup for us MacGyver fans, and would also promote global awareness of the lack of freedom and civil liberties that every Mainland Chinese currently endures. There’s blood and slave labor of those cheap and shoddy Mainland Chinese goods everyone seems to be addicted to.

MacGyver Versus The People’s Republic of China

With an episode that’s very critical of the infamous Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 4, 1989, does MacGyver has a big beef with the People’s Republic of China?

By: Ringo Bones

As he does his good deeds across the world during the Reagan and Bush senior administrations, MacGyver was never shy about expressing his critique on the despotic side of Marxist-Leninist socialism. When 1989 came and the Soviet Empire is already on the wan, every citizen under the yoke of communist hegemony started clamouring for a change – as in more human rights. And believe it or not, the movement got its first start in the People’s Republic of China were young people rallied for more democratic changes as early as April 1989.

Unfortunately, the idealism of those young Mainland Chinese was brutally crushed in the morning of June 4, 1989 when that notorious Tiananmen Square Massacre got underway. Although the Eastern European reforms got on relatively bloodlessly during the rest of 1989 – the infamous Tiananmen Square Massacre seems to have trapped the People’s Republic of China in a repressive time-warp that still goes on till this day. Eventually the civilized world’s criticism over the Tiananmen Square Massacre got the attention of the libertine climes of Hollywood that even the makers of MacGyver felt the need to do their part to express their disdain.

The MacGyver episode titled “Children of Light” that originally aired back in November 6, 1989 became a platform for MacGyver’s critique of Beijing government’s brutality over its citizens that took place in June 4th of that year. That particular MacGyver episode was about a Chinese student with a video taped footage of the Tiananmen Square Massacre where regular Mainland Chinese troops were ordered to indiscriminately fire at young Mainland Chinese protesters. The Chinese student asked MacGyver for help to expose the atrocities of the Beijing government’s brutal crackdown of the student movement to the rest of the world. Even the Bush senior administration was paralyzed on how to react on the Tiananmen Square Massacre due to the US growing lucrative business relations with the People’s Republic of China back in 1989.

As soon as that particular MacGyver episode aired around the world, the Mainland Chinese consulate in Canada immediately launched a diplomatic protest when a nondescript building in Vancouver was used as the episode’s Mainland Chinese consulate building. Even until this day, TV networks based in South-East Asia with lucrative business relations with Beijing still refuse to air this particular MacGyver episode because of its deemed politically sensitive content on the brutal crackdown of the student protests in Tiananmen Square back in June 4, 1989.

Given the educational value of every MacGyver episode, South-East Asian TV networks broadcasting syndicated reruns of MacGyver choosing not to air the “Children of Light” episode are doing South-East Asian fans of MacGyver a disservice. Given Angus MacGyver’s Cold-War era upbringing of having a critical view of the heavy-handed authoritarian manifestation of Marxist-Leninist socialism, a MacGyver episode having a sociological critique of such form of communism is inevitable. Maybe MacGyver has a valid point of reforming Marxist-Leninist socialism in order for it to last into the 21st Century, don’t you agree?