Taiwan rejects Jeremy Lin as political party name idea
Jazza John, our contributor, is currently a student at National Chengchi University in Taiwan.
You can found a political party of your own, but calling it ‘Jeremy Lin Party’ is not acceptable, not even if you are named Jeremy Lin yourself, Taiwanese authorities ruled. Jimmy McMillan must have felt lucky that his Rent Is Too Damn High Party, whose name even contains a profane word, was born in the United States instead of Taiwan.
The basketball wonder boy rose to fame while playing at New York Knicks
Jeremy Lin, the American-born basketball player, has grown into an international phenomenon in the States, as well as across the Pacific to his parents’ home of Taiwan and on Mainland China where he has racked up nearly three million followers in Weibo.
In Asia the craze surrounding Lin, Linsanity, is known as Linfengkuang, and it seems people have been cottoning onto the powerful brand surrounding the Harvard graduate. It was announced in the Taiwanese press this week that the Interior Ministry rejected an application for a new political party named after the basketball player, ‘The Jeremy Lin Party’ (林書豪黨). This came even after the founder of the party changed his name to Lin Shu-hao, the Chinese name of the NBA star.
During his trip to Taiwan this summer, Jeremy Lin was dubbed “Taiwan’s No.1” by the press.
It was reported in the Taipei Times that the party’s main pledge was to provide free healthcare for everyone on the island of 23 million people. But the authorities stated that the Jeremy Lin Party was not allowed to join the other 230 or so registered parties in Taiwan due to the fact that the name of the party did not conform to the purposes of its establishment and that naming the party after an uninvolved individual stood in violation of the Civil Code and ran counter to democratic norms.
Taiwanese netizens did not seem happy with the explanation. Web users commenting on the tabloid newspaper, Apple Daily’s website, said,
How stupid! Politics should stick to politics, sports should stick to sports.”
“They should have registered under the name of Idiocy Party instead because this is really stupid.”
One Taiwanese Twitter user felt sorry that Jeremy Lin had become commercialized and turned into a political marketing tool,
“What is this Jeremy Lin Party? Are they sick in the head? You shouldn’t hold back someone who is working so hard. Poor kid, he’s always being used as a product.”