China’s Bill Clinton Branded Products
Bill Clinton = James Bond
Bill Clinton just recently dropped into North Korea and pulled some James Bond shit, rescuing those two reporters from prison. Instead of going in secret-agent style, Clinton pulled it off with a handshake. It was a super badass move that got me thinking about Clinton, and the esteem he has in the eyes of the various Asian populations.
What is China’s impression of Bill Clinton?
Taobao is a pretty good indicator of China’s popular opinion. Searching Clinton 克林顿 in Taobao comes up with two types of products: the ex-President’s autobiography, and condoms.
These condoms first broke on the scene in 2005, and are still a popular brand in China. Although they have some stiff competition from 007-brand condoms.
That pretty much settles it. China’s impression of Bill Clinton is like a super-action Casanova James Bond.
Other Presidential Legacies on Taobao
So what do China’s Taobao users think of other recent US Presidents? Let’s type their Chinese names into Taobao and see what comes up.
China calls Crocs “Bush’s shoes”
When you type in the Chinese name of George Bush 布什 into Taobao, you get Crocs.
Thousands of Crocs. They call Crocs “Bush’s Shoes” because of this photo:
Obama Brand Diamonds