Dear KMT: Don’t challenge the internet

So this showed up as sponsored content on my Facebook feed. It’s a good old-fashioned challenge from KMT legislator Lin Yu-fang who is running for re-election in Taipei 5. Who will you vote for: the respectable looking fellow or the outlandish rocker?

There were 362 responses, many of which provided a clear answer to Lin’s question. By my quick and dirty count, Freddy Lim (the New Power Party challenger on the right) is winning 140 to 17. Some of the commenters criticized Lin for his record in office, many pointedly said they liked long hair (Lin previously said that people with long hair have psychological problems), some sarcastically thanked Lin for reminding them which number the rock star is, one or two sarcastically thanked Lin for paying for Freddy’s advertising content, and a few lonely souls said they supported #1. Remember, this is on Lin Yu-fang’s Facebook page; he should have one or two followers, shouldn’t he?

Taipei 5 is going to be a close race, but this is a good reminder of just how dominant the green side is on the internet. It’s also a good reminder of the gap between an older generation that thinks people should look and act certain standard ways and a younger generation that embraces diversity and pluralism.

13 Responses to “Dear KMT: Don’t challenge the internet”

  1. pdt090 Says:

    The negative turn Lin’s campaign has taken in the last two weeks seems extremely ill-advised to me. KMT legislators will have to shore up their ties with their constituency to survive the tsunami coming on Saturday, and while much of that hinges on how much constituency service they’ve done while in office, simply being likable and having a clean image plays a major part in that.

  2. ジェームス (@jmstwn) Says:

    I too am flummoxed by Lin’s negativity. All he has to do is remind everyone he’s been a legislator for 20 years, list his accomplishments for them, and note Freddy is a parachute candidate. But he seems to actually hate Freddy on a personal level.

    • ジェームス (@jmstwn) Says:

      This isn’t just a post on Lin Yu-fang’s Facebook page, I’ve just realized; it’s a sponsored Facebook ad he’s putting on the walls of all Taiwan’s Facebook users, drawing netizen attention to him.

      • R Says:

        My personal view is that when a candidate goes rogue it means they are panicking, likely in reaction to bad or intense internal polling results. Besides Lin Yu-fang, I think this explains recent actions by people like 吳育昇, 丁守中, & 王進士 very well too.

    • frozengarlic Says:

      I think Lin must be flummoxed by the prospect of losing to Freddy. He could probably understand losing to a normal DPP politician in a wave like this, but a heavy metal rocker with tattoos, long hair, no achievements, no intellectual depth, and no record of public service? What the hell is going on? Lin must be utterly bewildered. In his world, this just doesn’t make sense.

  3. gillet Says:

    number 6

  4. Alan Says:

    KMT doesn’t understand the will of people, doesn’t know how to listen to people, and doesn’t know how to follow the trend. KMT will be “overthrown” in just three days. Take the blame you deserve, KMT!

  5. Piotr Puchalski Says:

    Where can I find rally times and locations of DPP or NPP? I really want to join!! Please let me know!

  6. Alex Says:

    I’m 57 years old and I love rock-n-roll.

  7. Taiwan’s newest politicians include a rock star and an aboriginal activist - Quartz Says:

    […] incumbent Lin Yu-fang. Lin’s attempts at mocking Lim’s rock appearance only made him look out of touch with voters, and became a point of pride for Lim and his supporters. “I’m the first rock n’ […]

  8. Taiwan’s newest politicians include a rock star and an aboriginal activist | Taiwan Says:

    […] KMT incumbent Lin Yu-fang. Lin’s attempts at mocking Lim’s rock appearance only made him look out of touch with voters, and became a point of pride for Lim and his supporters. “I’m the first rock n’ roll singer […]

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