Most of us here in the U.S. probably didn’t know what to make of Clint Eastwood’s ode to an empty chair at last week’s Republican National Convention. But the Chinese appear to have already found a practical application for the surreal moment: using it to teach English.
One Chinese English learning site with the header: “Geilivable English Langauge Teaching: Exchange Cooperation Model Innovation” is using Eastwood’s speech to teach its readers English.
According to Beijing-based journalist Helen Gao, the people in China who are aware of Eastwood’s speech were “pretty impressed” with it. Based on the crowd’s “enthusiastic” response to the actor’s words during the event, the Chinese have concluded that it must have been pretty darn good. Or as the state-run Sina News Service reported:
Hollywood strongman Clint Eastwood appeared at the Republican National Convention today to support and warm the auditorium for Romney, and he was welcomed with enthusiasm. He excited the crowd with a famous line from Dirty Harry and made the audience very high.
Well, then I’ll have what they’re smoking. But props to the Chinese for taking what amounted to a cranky old white guy berating a chair representing our first black President in front of millions and turning it into a teachable moment. All I can say is—that’s ungeilivable!