Getting your Moutai on with Sho Tay!
Mod: The following pictures were sent our way by an attentive reader of The Tattler.
In case you are wondering what is actually going on here, this is the description our wonderful correspondent included with these pictures: "Could he become another John Wuo? Pictures taken Feb. 2017 from the TV. Here Sho Tay is promoting hard liquor MouTai. It is about 106 proof. I saw a MouTai store on San Gabriel in San Gabriel city. The store is not in Arcadia. The product is hard liquor, the store is not in Arcadia, and an Arcadia city councilmember should not promote it. I don't see other politicians lift up the bottle in the video to promote it. Except Sho. The Chinese words on the screen are "Raising your MouTai liquor in the cup and looking forward to a Happy Chinese New Year."
Apparently MouTai is a drink of some historic importance to government functionaries in China, and even here. Here is how Fortune Magazine describes all that (link).
While few outside China buy the liquor, MouTai baijiu is baked into national myth as the drink of choice for Communist Party leaders. It’s what Mao Zedong and his comrades toasted with at the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Just four years ago, the distiller was battling a slowdown as an austerity drive in Beijing slashed demand from government officials. But purchases by ordinary Chinese have more than compensated since then.
So there you have it. Get plowed with Chairman Mao. And Sho. But as a warning, if you do consume too much of this strong stuff it will be a long march to the bathroom.
You might want to bring a bucket.