Angel In White – source Joy Loft
The huge words on this big poster read, “Angels In White, the guards of your health.” It is well-known in China that Angels In White stands for nurse. The girl looks fine on the poster. This is a poster on Shuzhou’s street.
Shuzhou is a city near Shanghai. It is the host city of recent 2nd General Assembly and Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC), an event supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
This poster is just part of the propaganda of the event. Such poster is very common in China.
Not many people had noticed this poster until someone discovered who the girl on the poster was and where the photo was from.
If you feel the above picture is a bit boring, the one below should raise your eyebrow.
Minori Aoi – source Joy Loft
Her name is Minori Aoi, a Japanese AV star. AV is the acronym of Adult Video. This picture is a poster of Ms Aoi’s AV named, you guess, I Love Big Injection.
WHO may agree that AV girls are indeed good for people’s health.
I find the story behind this is much funnier.
According to the Southern Metropolis Daily, Mr. Mao, a resident of Shuzhou city, has discovered the angel in white is actually an AV star, and two local TV station has broadcast his discovery in their news program one week before the AFHC started. However, the news did not make much noise beyond Shuzhou, and the local government did not take any action in response.
Things had not changed until, on the closing day of AFHC, someone dug out the original picture and posted it on those big Chinese forums, such as Tianya.cn and Sohu. It immediately became the hottest topic in those forums. The lively discussions across the country finally made the Shuzhou government dismantle the poster on 1st Nov, two days after the AFHC.
It turned out that, when the designer was making this poster, he published a post on an on-line forum to ask for some nurse’s pictures. One member sent him the cropped version of the above Ms. Aoi’s picture. The designer then put it into the poster, which hereby became a new guide line of WHO.
This story should help many Chinese designers understand the importance of asking for permission before using others’ works.
It is story started from the on-line forums and ended by the on-line forums.
The power of Internet.