In February of 2012, someone told me that Oprah Winfrey is like Jesus in the United States. She has apparently given out cars as gifts to the audience members at her show and she has paid a person's bills. She helps the weak, etc. Within that same week of February, I met a lady from Shanghai by chance on the train. I asked her to update me on news of famous Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. She said she loves him and that he is like Jesus, choosing a life of activism in demonstration against the corrupt powers.
I collected intimate and confessional questions from Oprah Winfrey's blog and talk shows and intended to have Ai Weiwei share his responses to those questions since both "Jesus" figures are interested in the themes of love and power. I emailed Ai Weiwei to request a skype interview with him, but I have not heard back from him. As a quick solution -- just as chefs on cooking shows must pull out ready-made dishes when they lack the time to cook the dishes in real-time on camera -- I decided to look for someone else to do the interview. I found a man named Ai Weiwei on renren.com (Chinese version facebook) who has a similarly kind temperament, generosity, and sense of humanity that Ai Weiwei represents.
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