Little inanities in the news

Mayday’s latest video, “Cheers (乾杯),” explores one life from start to finish. (Rather not unlike “Like Smoke,” as one’s own mortality has been quite a theme for the band in recent years. Are they feeling their age? They’re not exactly old!)

This amusing little article notes that actually, they did some of the filming at Wanfang Hospital in Taipei, and that all the doctors in the video – the one telling the patient he’s sick, the one delivering the baby, etc. – are all real doctors from the hospital. In fact, they’re all very high ranking and playing in their respective positions (i.e. the obstetrician is delivering the baby, etc.). One of the doctors has two daughters that are big Mayday fans, and laughingly reported that their classmates left messages on Facebook that they spotted him in the video. See? It’s the band that brings families together.

Um, sorta. The other big headline on Google News is that Ashin’s cousin has been arrested for drug trafficking. Now, take everything that follows with a grain of salt. He’s involved in gang activity and was actually shot years ago, leaving him in a wheelchair and frequently getting him off on bail when arrested for drug possession. (The family’s supposed ties to organized crime originally came out at Ashin’s grandmother’s funeral years ago, when everyone was surprised to learn this guy and Ashin were cousins.) Not this time, apparently. Incidentally, his defense is that he uses opiates to control the pain after his injury, but is not involved in trafficking. I pass no judgements, except to say what a bizarre story. Mayday’s spokesman of course has no comment, noting the obvious: Ashin’s cousin’s actions have nothing whatsoever to do with the band or Ashin. Amen. I’m sure we all have a few relatives for whom we don’t want to be held responsible!

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4 Responses to Little inanities in the news

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    I loved the MV!!
    When will they release their new album? 😛

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