Brad Pitt is reported to be using China’s version of Twitter, Sina Weibo. “Wired” announced Monday night, Jan. 7, 2013, that Brad Pitt has posted that he will be visiting China. Pitt has been banned from the country since 1997 due to his appearance in "Seven Years in Tibet," which was not a favorable portrayal of Chinese rule. Wired has the short tweet-like post:
“It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming.”
Brad Pitt's remark was removed a few hours later, although the reason is not clear. This social media site, Sina Weibo, is highly monitored by the Chinese government, and Wired explains the intense scrutiny given to all posts on Sina Weibo:
Weibo, which according to parent company Sina Corporation has some 400 million registered accounts, has erupted in the world’s most populous nation, where actual Twitter is blocked by Chinese censors. The Chinese microblog service is also subject to censors as well; at the government’s behest some 1,000 Sina employees reportedly go through messages on Weibo and remove content considered offensive.
Vanity Fair is skeptical of the Sina Weibo message since there is no indication that Brad Pitt has any upcoming plans in China, nor has he ever traveled there before. He has been banned for 16 years, although Vanity Fair is skeptical of the validity of the message supposedly posted by Brad Pit:
Entertainment Weekly notes that last year, however, China forgave the film’s director, Jean-Jacques Annaud, who acted as president of the Shanghai International Film Festival’s jury. Although it’s uncertain when and why exactly the actor might be visiting China, there is speculation that the inaugural trip could be related to Pitt’s Chanel No. 5 promotional obligations. (And on top of the speculation, a dash of suspicion that the message is the work of a highly-sophisticated social-networking imposter.) According to IMDb, Pitt is not currently filming any feature projects that could potentially take him east.
Vanity Fair notes that Brad Pitt has 157,000 followers already.
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