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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:28 pm    Post subject: Handsome men on London Tube are a surprise hit... in China! Reply with quote



It seems that men can't go anywhere these days without being gawped at and objectified by leering women.

Male commuters in London have for the past few years run the risk of having their photos taken by random strangers, with the resulting images posted on TubeCrush.net, a clandestine celebration of the London Underground's most attractive male travellers.

But now this niche site has become a hit in China, where the most popular images of male Tube users are being shared online in the region of 100,000 times.

According to BBC Trending, Tube Crush is now a Chinese phenomenon, thanks to the microblogging site Sina Weibo.

"The third biggest source of traffic to our website is actually from China," Tube Crush founder Stephen Motion told the BBC.

"The website isn't blocked in China. It's fully available in all of the cities. We see most traffic coming from Guangzhou and Shanghai."

Asked to explain the appeal of London Tube travellers to Sina Weibo users, Ruhua Xianyu of the BBC's Chinese Service said, "When Chinese people think about British men, we think they're true gentlemen, because of their good manners and politeness," which, of course, is 100 per cent accurate, especially when travelling on the Tube.

Handsome men on London Tube are a surprise hit... in China

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it's a form of entertainment, and no-one is being hurt, but I think it's an intrusion of privacy, though.

When I'm travelling on the MTR (the Hong Kong underground), I am constantly getting phone cameras pointed at me by giggling young Chinese ladies. Then I realise they're actually taking selfies to post on Facebook, Instagram, or wherever. Rolling Eyes
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