Why No, Global Times, That’s Not Japan’s Futuristic New Helicopter. It’s DeviantArt

Japanese helicopter on DeviantArt

Chinese media gets fooled by things occasionally. Usually it’s satire that gets them, but recently, the Chinese edition of Global Times discovered it could embarrass itself in totally new and interesting ways.

By mistaking DeviantArt for the real thing.

As Kotaku reports:

On Global Times’ website Huanqiu.com, the text reads, “This appeared online today; it seems to be a concept for a Japanese Self Defense Force armed helicopter made by the Japanese military complex.” The paper also added, “One can see that because this type of technology is not yet available, it looks like something out of science fiction.”

The website sort of played up the story, with a full slideshow…

Global Times mistakes DeviantArt for real Japanese helicoper

…without realizing or caring the picture is plainly, obviously watermarked DeviantArt, specifically Meganerid.deviantart.com.

This site. Which has stuff like this:

DeviantArt example 2

And this:

DeviantArt example 1

And one more:

DeviantArt example 3

Really, now, Global Times.

Kotaku continues:

On Chinese social networking site Weibo, people are baffled at how this helicopter would even fly. “This design looks cool but there isn’t anything special, does it even fly?” asked Weibo user hanyu_cger. “Without a tail rudder how does it maneuver?” Others thought it looks more like a comic book design than a military one. Some even claimed it was totally real, while others said it was a Japanese rip-off. Nobody really seemed to realize the DeviantArt URL (probably because it just looked like a string of English words).

It could be worse, we suppose.

Chinese Newspaper Confuses the Japanese Military with…DeviantArt (Kotaku)

2 Responses to “Why No, Global Times, That’s Not Japan’s Futuristic New Helicopter. It’s DeviantArt”

  1. MAC

    The people in charge of content at the huanqiu website are fucking idiots. They once put up a fashion shoot series of models getting manhandled by police and TSA people which, while admittedly bizarre, was very clearly marked with a magazine or brand name, and called it something like “American police violently 掃黃.” And then they piss and moan about conspiracies when foreign media contain some errors about China.

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  2. Eric

    Thanks for the post Anthony. I think we should call out Huanqiu every single time they do something stupid. Actually I take that back. It’d be too much work =[.

    Anyway – thanks for the repub man! Much appreciated.

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