Is Nicholas Kristof the new Michael Moore? This week, The New York Times columnist wrote about his attempt to obtain a permit to protest at the Olympics in Beijing and, at times, his stunt feels like a remake of Roger & Me, minus Mr. Moore’s trucker hat and blue collar crusading.
Here’s how Mr. Kristoff sets the scene:
Writing his own Kafka-esque version of "Who’s On First," Mr. Kristof offers a sample of his conversation with the Chinese government representatives he encountered:
If that weren’t funny enough, there’s an accompanying video that includes a healthy dose of slapstick. Watch as Mr. Kristof pretends to fall asleep with a newspaper on his face and passes time doing jumping jacks. In the end, Mr. Kristof doesn’t get his protest permit, but he concludes that "China is changing: it is no democracy, but it’s also no longer a totalitarian state."