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  • On this episode of China Uncensored, no, you can't play with LEGOs!

  • Hi, welcome to China Uncensored, I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • So, you know what's hard about growing up?

  • Finding out that your beloved childhood icons aren't what you imagined.

  • For example, I used to be a Hulkamaniac.

  • And who didn't love the Cosby Show?

  • But now, has the last plastic-bricked bastion of my childhood been knocked down?

  • Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has slammed LEGO for refusing to supply him with a bulk order

  • he wanted

  • for an upcoming exhibition on free speech at Australia's National Gallery of Victoria.

  • And I know from personal experience, if you slam LEGOs,

  • they really get stuck together and just impossible to separate.

  • Ai Weiwei is well known for criticizing Chinese censorship through his art.

  • And now he is accusing LEGO of censoring him because of alleged pressure from the Chinese

  • regime.

  • So Ai Weiwei handled the rejection in the mature, adult manner that one would expect

  • from the eccentric artist.

  • But does Ai Weiwei have enough of a case to build on?

  • A LEGO spokesman defended their decision by saying they never supply bulk orders for projects

  • with a political context.

  • Yes, LEGO stays away from politics.

  • That's why for LEGO's 50th anniversary in 2008,

  • when they had their ad agency create a series of ads called "Making History,"

  • they picked only nonpolitical topics.

  • Like the Muhammad Ali fight. Or...

  • Wait, is that the fall of the Berlin Wall?

  • Well, I'm sure Chinese politics would be off limits...

  • Oh.

  • Maybe it's just bulk orders.

  • Except that in preparation for Ai Weiwei's 2014 art exhibit on Alcatraz,

  • the group he worked with told LEGO from the beginning that they were

  • "seeking LEGO bricks for a project... exploring freedom of expression."

  • And then LEGO did sell to them in bulk.

  • That exhibition featured 176 prisoners of conscience,

  • including many from China.

  • So come on, LEGO! Why the sudden change of heart?

  • Oh.

  • So Ai Weiwei pointed out that LEGO's rejection came on the heels this 300 million dollar

  • Legoland China deal.

  • But whether LEGO was right or wrong to deny Ai's request, the Internet has clearly sided

  • with Ai.

  • He's set up several, uh, cars, where people can donate LEGOs to him.

  • And this whole incident has made LEGO look pretty bad.

  • In fact you could say it's making the company's reputation fall to pieces.

  • But maybe we've been focusing too much attention on Mr. Lego,

  • when maybe the real bad guy is this one.

  • It's not certain whether LEGO's decision was a result of pressure by the CCP.

  • But if it were, LEGO would hardly be alone.

  • Because under the CCP, the price of doing business in China is to play by their rules,

  • or face the consequences.

  • So what do you think?

  • Should LEGO have sold to Ai? Who's to blame?

  • Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

  • Once again I’m Chris Chappell. See you next time.

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  • The US guided missile destroyer the USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of Chinese

  • territory...

  • as long as you consider artificial islands built on submerged reefs part of China's territory,

  • which no one besides China does.

On this episode of China Uncensored, no, you can't play with LEGOs!

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