Did China create this amazing female dancing robot for a dance show in Shanghai?
Watch the viral video for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Did China Create This Amazing Dancing Robot?
Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.
Can u believe that this female dancer is robot ? The dance was held in Shanghai n it lasted only 5 minutes but the queue was 4hrs n cost 499 Yuan!
It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and saw its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch, let us enjoy together…
The Truth About This Amazing Female Dancing Robot
The agility and grace of this female dancing robot, and its facial expressions, are incredible.
The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from a real human being, and they would be right.
Fact #1 : That Is A WDSF Competition Video
That was actually a video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania.
The initials WDSF (World Dance Sport Federation) can be seen, together with the recording date at the upper left corner of the video.
Fact #2 : The Dance Only Lasted A Minute
The dance in the video only lasted just over a minute, even though the accompanying fake message claimed it lasted for 5 minutes.
Fact #3 : They Are Lithuanian Dance Champions
Both dancers are very human. In fact, they are Lithuanian dance champions Ieva Zukauskaite (female), and Evaldas Sodeika (male).
Fact #4 : 499 Yuan Was Old Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland
The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a short dance.
Even that price was not accurate, because 499 Yuan was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.
Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).
Why Would Someone Create This Fake Dancing Robot Story?
With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.
Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.
Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.
Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.
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