Chinese netizens angered by "princelings" -- spoiled children of the rich and powerful

From CNN, an article about the growing anger in China at "taizidang" ("princelings"), the spoiled children of the rich and powerful who make the news for driving luxury cars into innocent bystanders, demanding special treatment from law enforcement, and receiving light sentences in the end. The latest princeling in the public eye is 15 year old Li Tianyi, who drove his BMW into a family's car, then leapt out and berated the family for stopping suddenly, while their child cried in the back seat. Li was driving without a license, and had previously been sanctioned for 36 other moving violations while driving without a license.
The teenager grew up in an elite family, his parents both singers who frequently appear on stage and on television. His father, Li Shuangjiang, has long been a household name in China, best known for his renditions of patriotic military songs.

After the incident, Li issued a public apology for spoiling his son and asked that he be given another chance, CCTV reported.

However, this failed to stop the tide of public anger. Many voiced their anger on Sina Weibo, China's popular micro-blogging site.

"We will give him another chance, but the law can't." posted @ Gujingyema. "For kids with family and social connections, the only way to deal with this kind of kid is to go by laws."

Privileged kids anger Chinese public


    1. Right, nothing like this would ever happen if, say, one of Kim Jong Il’s kids ran someone over on the street.

      1. Right, nothing like this would ever happen if, say, one of Kim Jong Il’s kids ran someone over on the street.

        You mean if their chauffeur ran someone over?

  1. “best known for his renditions of patriotic military songs” – does anyone really expect that kind of person to install a backbone and moral fibre into his kids?

  2. Granted it’s my own experiential sample bias, but in my decade of adulthood I’ve started to see this increasingly often among kids in up-and-coming families, ones fighting to hold onto their gains before the tough economy by, today, parroting the childishness of spoiled rich kids.

  3. Indeed. And why SHOULDN’T the Chinese get their own Paris Hiltons, to contribute to the decay and disintegration of the moral fabric that holds their society together ? It would be WRONG for Western culture to hog ALL of the narcissistic brats to ourselves! SPREAD THE WEALTH, I say!

  4. Welp. I guess I should be happy sensless douchbaggery isn’t monopolized by the American celebrity Idiocracy.

  5. Berated? More like mercilessly battered a husband and wife. Little shit was also carrying a replica firearm in the car.

    1. Erm, actually there is another definition of ‘sanction’ that means pretty much exactly what Cory wrote. I have “a threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule” (via the Mac OS dictionary).

      edit: sorry that was the noun form, verb form I have “impose a sanction or penalty on”.

  6. Although the 1978 citation for that meaning just goes to show my point: 1978    Daily Mail 29 Nov. 9/1   Sir Geoffrey Howe‥referred to Ford’s being ‘sanctioned’.‥ Nobody‥made a protest about this violence being done to the English language (or about normal meanings being stood on their head).

  7. If you think this has any strong causation from “capitalism” and I’d say you are delusional.  From Republic to Autocracy, privilege has been abused under regimes/administrations where rule of law is applied highly unevenly (or even arbitrarily).

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