A Chinese embassy slammed the Western media for using an 'ugly' photo of weightlifter who won gold
Zhihui Hou from China. AP Photo / Luca Bruno
The Chinese Zhihui Hou won gold in the 49kg women's weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics.
Reuters ran a story of the victory with a picture of the 24-year-old struggling to get a lift.
A Chinese embassy criticized the photo selection, claiming it "only shows how ugly they are".
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Zhihui Hou won gold for China at the Tokyo Olympics.
But the 24-year-old country seemed more preoccupied with their looks than with their overwhelming athletic accomplishments.
Zhihui Hou swings her Olympic gold medal. AP Photo / Luca Bruno
The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka criticized Reuters for its photo selection in a story the North American media organization published about Hous first place in the 49kg women's weightlifting on Saturday.
The photo in question - shown below - appears to show Hou exerting herself as she lifts the dumbbell above her waist:
The Chinese weightlifter Zhihui Hou. REUTERS / Edgard Garrido
In a message posted on his official Twitter account, embassy officials accused Reuters of “putting politics and ideologies above sport” by choosing a photo that “only shows how ugly they are”.
"Shameless," they added.
Hou set Olympic records in three different categories - tear, clean, and jerk and total - during her performance at the Games. Their 210 kg - or roughly 463 pounds - prey left the 4-foot-10 star just three pounds away from breaking her own world record.
The Chinese embassy tweet mentioned none of this. And when Twitter users pushed back claims that the photo in question was "ugly" or used in a vulgar way, the message doubled its allegations.
"The same day, the same Olympic Games, the same Reuters, different faces," wrote the message on Twitter on Saturday. "Maybe it's because white westerners find everything good in life easier?"
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