06 May 2018

IF IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY THEN CHINA NEVER STOPS STEALING, ER, FLATTERING

I have lived in China a long time. One thing you will hear here often is all about how the west stole everything from China. Like, gunpowder, paper, rice and noodles. Seriously. And that a day of reckoning is coming soon. Oh yes, it is coming. The sleeping dragon has awakened! Makes a foreigner feel really relaxed here. Since the evil west stole things like the compass from China what is the big deal if the Chinese "borrow" a few things from the west now and then. Pay back is a bitch white devils! The first part of this post will focus on movie posters and the films they represent  and in the section you have to open up to see (what the hell do you call that, a jump break?) I shared a few tasteless product rip offs that proves China has not really had an original idea since, well, gunpowder and noodles.

NOTE: Some people may argue that "Hey evil, dirty America "steals" ideas from Asian movies too (Japanese and South Korean usually) like The Ring, and The Grudge and Ghost in the Shell!" Not true. Hollywood buys the rights to use those movies, paying millions of dollars. China steals. Pays zero. It also steals movie and TV show ideas from Japan and Korea too but the focus here is on stealing from the best, the goddamned US of fuckin' A brother!














IMAGES BELOW FROM THE CHINESE MOVIE MAD SHELIA: VIRGIN ROAD. NOT BASED IN ANY WAY ON MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. NOT AT ALL. 








BELOW ARE SOME SADLY COMICALLY BLATANT CHINESE RIP OFFS OF WESTERN PRODUCTS. MOSTLY AMERICAN  BECAUSE AMERICA MAKES THE BEST MOVIES AND STUFF. DON'T SEE LOTS OF PALESTINIAN, FINNISH OR DANISH PRODUCTS PIRATED HERE.




Some of these rip offs are so obvious you might wonder why don't they just wind up in some sort of court. Well in fact they do. In theory anyway China is bound by trade laws and the WTO to respect Intellectual Property Rights and copyright laws. The problem is China likes to flip off the rest of the world and laugh about it. While many companies do take China to court Chinese courts very, very seldom rule over a Chinese company or business in favor of a foreign devil company. When they do here and there they make a big deal out of it. "Look, look, we are protecting IPRs! See!" Another deal is that sometimes the company will simply ignore the ruling or pay a fine imposed by the court but continue the pirating. The court may then say something like "well, we told them to stop but they didn't. What do you want us to do?" Like the way the government here told farmers to stop using DDT and phosphorus on crops and yet to this day they continue. "Shit, what do you want us to do? We made up a law we can show off to the WTO and now I guess you expect us to enforce it!" I'll add some witty ass comments to these.


 This was just one of quite a few unsuccessful lawsuits by McDonald's in China to protect their logo and name and product. How could they lose? Well, it says McDnoald's for one thing, not McDonald's. And there are three arches not two. So, they did not actually steal anything from McDonald's. This is an original company according to the ruling. And while many people hate McDonald's food it is gourmet level compared to what these copy cat Chinese places ineptly churn out. 


The Amazing Spader-Man!


KFC is really copied here, because Chines people be loving their fried chicken! Especially if it is tiny little wings the size of a pigeon's. Or, maybe it is just the feet, or neck. All that tender, white breast meat? Ugh, who needs it. Americans throw away the best parts.


I actually fell for this one once, but the product I bought was called TDIE.



I am just hoping that the ANUS brand school backpack is not a ripoff of an American product. Hey, maybe it could be a Danish product!


The choice of Southern rockers everywhere!


I wish this were a Photoshopped prank but it is not. This is a real brand. Fucking idiots. A zillion Starbucks rip offs here (like Tea Bucks or Sun Bucks) but this is the worst. They can't spell even coffee right.


The writing here is actually Japanese and not Chinese but this is most likely a Chinese brand. They like to add Japanese writing to products here as well as Korean, Thai and of course English to make it seem better. You know, if it is not from China it must be better. And I think IPR laws are enforced more in Japan.


Believe me, you will not get a Whopper here. Maybe the runs is all you're going to get.


Chicken wing flavored Detos! They love tiny little chicken wings here. Actual imported Doritos sell for about $10 a bag for the size that would sell for 2 or 3 dollars back home.


This one can snag you if you are not careful, or if you are dumb enough to even eat at a crappy Pizza Hut in China. The pizza in no way resembles Pizza Hut. Barely any cheese or sauce or toppings. No salad bar. The menu is loaded with noodle and chicken wings. Haven't eaten at one in years and had to learn to make my own pizza here. They can steal the logo and design, but they can get the food here to taste decent. The last I ate at one, about six years ago, I ordered a pepperoni pizza and I got this mess with five pepperonis, a few blotches that were cheese and hardly any sauce. Thats was like $14 for me. I hate what they did to this place here.


The iPear.  Shameless. Apple tries to manage their products here but the courts and government hate them and always rules against them.


It's not even funny anymore.


While evil Facebook is blocked have no worries, Facefood is open for business. I actually do not think this is China because of the licenser plate and the reflected lettering, but it was too cool to pass on. All these Asian places rip off anything they can. If they are the ones being ripped off it is a whole other story. Asian brands always rip off other Asian bands and those court cases are a little more neck and neck. 


You might fall for the packaging, but once the product is in your mouth you will know that you've been had. 

2 comments:

Tom Dulski said...

Amazing stuff, who knew this was going on?

Bill Dan Courtney said...

Tom

That is why it so funny to hear China playing the "victim" over tariiffs and all that stuff. I just would like to have a Twinkie here lately. Maybe that sounds weird, but you get craving you would not imagine when you do not live in your own country. Problem is, NO PLACE sells stuff that like. And my wfe and I found some online through a place called taobao-dot-com. A bof of 36 half Twinkies and half Ding Dongs (fucking Ding Dongs!) would cost about $100. Not a typo. Between 90 to 100 dollars. And China screams injustice over some taxes on their imports.

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