JISHOU, HUNAN — Fang Binxing was lecturing at Wuhan University in Hubei (about eight hours from here) when a member of the audience throw two shoes and an egg at him. One shoe connected, it seems.
Fang is the architect of China’s pervasive net-nanny system that controls what Chinese can see on the Internet, and what content is allowed on Chinese websites. It’s popularly called the Great Firewall of China. Needless to say, Fang is none too popular among Chinese Internet users.
Predictably, tweets about the shoe attack were promptly blocked, as were web searches for the person documenting the prank.
The BBC has a more complete report.
In the interests of global understanding, perhaps George W. Bush can give Fang lessons on shoe-ducking.