The state of affairs of the global economy is more than a little disheartening these days.
China, the most populous nation in the world by a country mile, is growing into their potential to become the world’s most powerful fiscal force thanks to the sudden emergence of disposal income for the nation’s 1.3 billion Communist citizens.
The good news here is that the Chinese love spending their newfound cash overseas. The bad news is that China is a despicable morass of morality, whose human rights abuses are nothing short of Stalin-esque.
But, still, global corporations are finding themselves capitulating to Beijing on account of the pure economic power of the Chinese market.
GQ Magazine is but the latest to fall.
When British GQ published its prestigious annual list of best-dressed men – this year topped by actor Timothée Chamalet – the magazine’s staff also named ten of the world’s worst dressed.
Top of the list was Boris Johnson’s perpetually-tracksuited chief adviser Dominic Cummings (“… why does Boris Johnson’s political disruptor dress like an unlicensed cab driver?”). The nine others included Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (“Android chic is not a vibe”), US president Donald Trump (“A sad and sorry perennial fixture”) and Tory frontbencher Jacob Rees Mogg (“A haunted pencil”).
Here’s where it gets uncomfortable, however.
During the course of this week other news websites, like the Mail Online, picked up on the list, spreading the word about who British GQ thought was the world’s ten worst dressers.
But on GQ’s own website something was different. The “top 10” list had become a “top 8”. Missing were two individuals: China’s president Xi Jingping and King of Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn.
According to sources at Condé Nast, GQ’s parent company, the controversial world leaders had been removed after management got wind of who was on the list.
Famously, the NBA of the United States recently found themselves in hot water with China over comments made on Twitter by the General Manager of the Houston Rockets. Subsequently, superstar LeBron James appeared to make a comment to appease China, that was almost certainly concocted by the league’s upper brass in an effort to preserve the Asian economic windfall.
Meanwhile, China is persecuting certain religious groups in the region, placing practitioners into actual, literal concentration camps.
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