I'm sure many of you would have read this post which was recently mainpaged. In it, the author criticizes Johnny Depp for making the following statement:

My expectations were very high. From the very first second, I was impressed. It's beautiful, the foliage is different, the styles of architecture are different.

I would love to make a film here and spend time here. I could live here, easily. It's a very warm experience.

Now I'm not trying to shit stir here. Hopefully we will treat Groupthink like a debating arena. We can adopt different stances and come up with rebuttals, but nothing is personal. I have considered making a comment directly on the post, but the content I planned out is too heavy for a single comment. I'm just trying to bring a different perspective on a semi-popular post. Furthermore, if you shit on the country I originate from, don't expect me to take it lying down.

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Let's delve into the actual statement, to see if any part of it was inaccurate.

My expectations were very high. From the very first second, I was impressed.

I guess only Depp can say how high his expectations were. And it's not unfeasible to imagine that he was impressed with China, I mean, come on:

I'd be impressed too. This has nothing to do with status or wealth. Beijing is intrinsically an impressive place.

It's beautiful, the foliage is different, the styles of architecture are different.

Again, couldn't disagree with you, Johnny Depp.

I mean, look at all this:

I would love to make a film here and spend time here. I could live here, easily. It's a very warm experience.

....and I don't doubt that. Lots of beautiful films have been made in China. Nothing wrong with that. Lots of people migrate to China, nothing wrong with that either. Americans, this may come as a huge shock to you, but living in China can actually be pleasant. You don't even have to be rich to enjoy it. Just ask your nearest Chinese person! Also, China isn't using the Chinese people around you just like she was "using" Johnny Depp.

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But that isn't the point of the article, is it? The point is that Depp is a privileged celebrity THEREFORE he is only allowed to say the following:

"I enjoyed China, but only because I am rich white man and can afford bottled oxygen! Look at all the poor people dying and the air is so gross and stinky ew. We have to liberate all the poor oppressed women in China! Remember that dude from Tiananmen Square decades ago? Yeah, let's bring it up again to show how China is an absolute shit hole that doesn't align with my Western American standards! YAY MURRICA. "

Because, really, what else would you like him to say? I'm sure Depp isn't totally ignorant of the fact that China is a communist country, and there are lots of poor people in China (just like there are lots of poor people pretty much everywhere.) When you travel to a new country, you don't go home and start a tirade against everything that's wrong with the country. I don't go to Murrica and start ranting about guns and the crazy people that shoot students for no apparent reason. Sure, maybe you think America is superior to China, but why compare? The fact that China has issues doesn't negate the fact that it is a beautiful country. It definitely would be easier to live in China if you were as rich as Depp, but this is the case in practically all of the countries today.

Bottom line: The post made me angrier than the actual quote.

ETA: I just went through the comments section of the original post for the third (ETA, typo) time, and realized that there were quite a few negative comments. I apologize if this appears like a pile-on. As I said to Archibald herself:

HAY THERE

Sorry for the separate rebuttal post. I just realized that there is a huge pile-on going on here (I didn't have time to read all the comments the first time, still don't because shit 500 is a lot.). Previously when I read the highlights I didn't get a strong sense of disapproval, but now I do. I apologize if I seemed catty but my points still stand. I respect you as a commenter and you seemed sensible, which was a part of why I felt pretty upset about this.