By on April 23, 2012

We met at the Volkswagen booth. Ready for take-off.

She is very popular.

Say uncle.

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77 Comments on “Girls Of The 2012 Beijing Auto Show: I’m All Ears...”


  • avatar
    Morea

    With this post TTAC has jumped the shark.

    • 0 avatar
      xman

      Indeed. I’ve only been here a week but the post about the Beijing show have been painful. I gave up on the other website after 8 or so years to come here. Now it seems I have two poor blogs to choose from.

    • 0 avatar
      twotone

      I hear ‘ya.

    • 0 avatar
      Robert Gordon

      Agreed. This is a new low, what an utterly pathetic article this is. This is supposed to be a car site.

      One would have thought Bertel would have been aware of how wrong it is to make superficial value judgements on a person’s appearance.

    • 0 avatar
      todefy

      Dear Mr. Bertel Schmitt;

      I will begin by sharing that in the past 6 months I have, on a routinely basis, visited your site to either view the car reviews and/or read the informative news that you have provided your fan base.

      However, having visited not only your site but also several others to include, Autoblog, Auto123, Edmunds etc. I have noticed that for some reason or another, you seem to be on a GM bashing rant. Having shared this, I should let you know that as of 2 months ago, I have been the proud owner of a new Verano, and truth be told if GM continues to produce cars like these they will definitely be on the way to success. The car is simply a fantastic car to own & drive and for the sake of knowledge I am in my very early 40’s.
      So please move on with your bashing and write something that is truthful and fact based.

      But the real reason, and only reason I am writing this, and the reason I registered in the 1st place, is to post a comment in this bit of nonsense that you wrote about the Chinese Girl with the ears. What where you thinking?

      Have you got no shame? Are you racist or something?
      With myself living in Vancouver, Canada, and being a white male and basically having many Asian friends I find your blog to be very rude and personally attacking to their cultural ethnicity. I happen to think she is quite pretty. But then again & after all is true what they say when they say “That Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder”. So you could be just in what was written under the picture when you implied that “She is ready for take off”.

      What I do ask Mr. Bertel is this. Have you taken a good hard look at yourself in the mirror? Maybe you should! And then when you do why don’t you post a picture of yourself and please take the time to state your faults with the way that you look. I would hope that you would post your faults openly so everyone that reads your posts can see what a douchebag that you are in writing what you wrote. Sir, with all due apologies you have reached the new low in automotive journalism.

      FYI: Moving forward, I will never, ever read your site and/or even so remotely recommend it to anyone.

      LOW CLASS!

  • avatar
    b612markt

    Sad trombone.

  • avatar
    kevnsd

    Bertel… and she spoke so highly of you! BTW I think she’s a lot better looking than many of the cars being shown at the Beijing show!!

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    That’s just mean…

  • avatar
    onthercks07

    I hope you’ve had something to drink today Herr Schmitt. Otherwise, you have just ruined your image as TTAC’s voice of seasoned industry experience and reason. Not to mention the fact that unless memory fails me, you’re not exactly TTAC’s version of Brad Pitt.

  • avatar
    RideTheCliche

    The author of this post is at the front of the pack for the Automotive ‘Journalist’ Jackass of the Year award. Mean-spirited, and a disservice to the other authors contributing to an otherwise high-quality website.

    I ask myself what’s the motivation for someone to publish this ‘article’ on TTAC, and what that person would be like in real-life… Petty, angry, many other negatives I’ll not bother to dwell on. Certainly not someone I’d like to get to know.

    PS: What’s with the ninja edit of the article? Adding a second pic of the ladies to somehow justify what you’ve said?

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    Just Bertel being Bertel.

    BS…did you ask her if she like to play with rope?

  • avatar
    Lemmy-powered

    I clicked through in disbelief. Please tell me I’ve misunderstood something, taken something the wrong way…

  • avatar
    Abdul_Alhazred

    Misogyny on Ayn Rand’s own TTAC? It’s more likely than you think…

  • avatar
    I_Like_Pie

    This story is funny because the lady has HUGE dumbo ears and the author is all ears about the show.

    Hilarious!!!!

  • avatar
    MrGreenMan

    This was a funny post:

    1) How many other sites that used to be better than they are now still regularly run the “Girls of X” show when they can’t find a Megan Fox movie to pimp?

    2) How boring is the coverage of the Beijing Auto Show otherwise? I don’t care about gilded 300 or a rampaging Jeep Dragon. These aren’t even exciting. At least with the Japanese shows we get the native sense of quirky fun; here it’s all vulgarity.

    That somebody has already used the word “misogyny” on this thread shows that there’s no sense of humor or perspective. Volkswagen could do far worse than a pretty face with an endearing imperfection.

  • avatar
    stottpie

    i like her ears, gives her character. she’s still a 10.

  • avatar
    bunkie

    Is it just me, or does anyone else get the sense that between Sajeev’s Vellum Venom post and this gem from Bertel that these guys have nothing better to do?

  • avatar
    GS650G

    I can’t believe all the self righteous comments. Heir Bertel did no disrespect at all.
    You people act like he took a picture up her skirt or something like it. Lighten up.

    • 0 avatar
      bunkie

      Would he have said the same to her face? No, he wouldn’t have because he’s a gentleman. At least he was until he decided to have some fun at her expense. It’s a cheap shot, period.

  • avatar
    Speed Spaniel

    I don’t see the humor here. She’s actually cute and surprisingly has nice teeth which you can’t say about 99.999% of the Chinese population.

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    To continue the tacky side, I COULD add a couple of rejoinders…

    1. “Hey, Look…convenient grab handles.” ;)

    2. “I could fix that with a coupla staples and a air-powered staple gun.”

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Unless I’m missing something, this post rings wrong to me too.

    However, there were some unimpeachably good pics to be had if one was in the right place at the right time! To wit:

    http://www.handelsblatt.com/auto/nachrichten/messe-auto-china-diese-autos-sollen-die-chinesen-begeistern/6542962.html?slp=false&p=36&a=false#image

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    I’m siding with most of the commenters here. This post is an embarrassment.

  • avatar
    Slow_Joe_Crow

    Why the negativity? Based on the 2nd pic’s caption “She is very popular” I thought it was an observation on the Chinese finding girls with prominent ears attractive.

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    Our current president has huge dumbo ears too, maybe for the same reason…

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    Just because they don’t show boobs or ass, it’s no reason to make fun of them, that is just mean spirited, very disappointed in TTAC for printing this.

  • avatar
    Volts On Fire

    Stay classy, Bertel.

  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    Not cool.

  • avatar
    WheelMcCoy

    Bertel probably asked her out, and when she said no, he posted this story.

  • avatar
    CrapBox

    She’s an example of Wabi-Sabi. Her ears enhance the beauty of an otherwise perfect whole.

    The funny thing is, while the Japanese and many Europeans recognize this concept (try finding a well-dressed Frenchman who doesn’t have something out of place), it’s completely foreign to Americans.

  • avatar
    rwb

    Good looking girl. Don’t really see what’s wrong with her ears, nor do I understand why this was posted.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    The girls are quite small… I’ll take two.

  • avatar
    FromaBuick6

    TTAC has hit a new low. Not the editors, the commentors. You people are some of the most humorless, self-righteous, hopelessly biased jerks I’ve ever encountered.

    This place has become the polar opposite of that site that used to be “obsessed with the cult of cars:” The content’s great but the comments blow.

    • 0 avatar
      MrGreenMan

      People have forgotten that part of the charm of this place is that its writers popularized “flying vagina” to describe a Subaru grill.

    • 0 avatar
      amac

      I do have a sense of humor, but THIS? I visit TTAC because I like to read about angry guys bitching about cars, that’s plenty entertaining already. Lame-ass comments about car show models are for 12-year-olds. I would say this is more of an issue of poor content quality than it is about humor/non-humor.

    • 0 avatar
      rwb

      Yeah because big ears are the apex of humor.

      This has been the least funny thing I have seen on the Internet today, and I have been doing boring crap the whole time.

    • 0 avatar
      NewLookFan

      FromaBuick6

      I usually enjoy your posts, but not this time. Would you find it so funny if Mr. Schmidt and others were poking fun at YOUR daughter? I think not.

    • 0 avatar
      PJ McCombs

      Dunno how the post fits in with “obsessed with the cult of cars.” That’s why it’s such a facepalm, getting models to smile for the camera so you can ridicule them is the uniquely sad preserve of teen mags/daytime TV/tabloids, not TTAC…

  • avatar
    Silence

    And this is another reason why TTAC remains in the digital backwater of the automotive press world.

    Not to mention that judging by his own pic, ol’ Bert couldn’t land a date with her using any legal means.

  • avatar
    pdieten

    That’s because a car is an inanimate object, and ripping on it is harmless.

    Making public jokes at a stranger’s expense for their physical features is something children do. People who grow up and become adults stop doing things like that.

  • avatar
    kars

    i thought only canadians were so obsessed with being politically correct all the time – are you guys all canadians?

    • 0 avatar
      amac

      Generalize much? I’m Canadian and I assure you that we’re not all politically correct, nor is it an obsession of ours. In fact, some Canadians are so damn boorish that I’d swear they were American.

      Generalizing right back at ya.

    • 0 avatar
      rpn453

      This Canadian finds this post amusing, and 30 Canadian Helens agree with me. I also happened to enjoy seeing a cute girl with unusual features.

  • avatar
    kars

    well that’s definately not politically correct so you must be right

  • avatar
    bking12762

    In my best Borat voice….the girl is really cute, Bertel not so much.

  • avatar
    doug

    Just commenting to say I think she’s quite cute. Also in Asia, big ears are often considered lucky.

  • avatar
    dastanley

    I also find her cute. My take on this: I don’t think Bertel was trying to be mean-spirited. I think it was his whimsical way of expressing admiration for her looks. The cutesy throw-away title, “I’m All Ears”, doesn’t strike me as him trying to be cruel, just being silly is all. Of course, I’ve been wrong before…

  • avatar
    Robert Gordon

    “Also in Asia, big ears are often considered lucky.”

    Where in Asia? China, India, Israel, Turkey?

  • avatar
    daveainchina

    She’s not so bad but definitely I think the Chinese like big ears. Here is a CCTV (state run news media) English newscaster who looks to me like howdy doodie

    http://p5.img.cctvpic.com/program/newsupdate/20110428/images/1303993427665_1303993427665_r.jpg

    Ehh girl at car show that provokes some talk. Not sure I agree with posting the pictures etc.. but I’ve seen much worse on websites.

  • avatar
    stuntmonkey

    I seriously did not think that this thread would last this long when i read it this morning. And yes, I come here for Bertel’s mischievous wit as I much I do the cars.

  • avatar
    wallstreet

    Will you post a close-up photo of rabbit ear’s friend? The pretty girl on the left. Thanks in advance.

  • avatar

    Of all the things TTAC commentators choose to whine about, it’s this. You guys need to get a grip.

  • avatar
    tallnikita

    I bet those puppies are perked up in the morning!

  • avatar
    bikephil

    Lighten up guys. You’re not THAT old and uninterested in girls are you?? Of course he could have photographed some pretty girls, which are pretty hard to find in China…

    • 0 avatar
      daveainchina

      huh? Hard to find? Good lord I see hundreds every day here. Lots more that aren’t maybe so pretty but hard to find? I don’t’ think so, in fact they are quite easy to find.

  • avatar
    hgrunt

    Bertel–if you can, try to catch some coverage about the chinese men who propose to auto show models! I wonder how many Chinese men have proposed to her since the show opened.

  • avatar
    MMH

    Lighten up, Francis.

  • avatar
    nrd515

    Her ears aren’t that bad at all. A family friend, who isn’t bad looking at all, otherwise, insists on displaying her huge, chimplike ears at all times. She wears her hair very short, and you can’t miss them. The lobes are all stretched out from the gigantic heavy earrings she’s been wearing since she was about 10, and the rims are all lumpy, etc. They are almost always bright red too! I wish I had a pic of them to show them in all their horror. Her kids have told her they need to be covered up, her husband and others have told her they need to be covered up, and she thinks they’re kidding! Her daughter is a near clone, with much nicer ears and can pull off the short hair, but mom just can’t. At least she doesn’t have the “upside down” ears that a neighbor of mine does. They just need a little trimming on top to play a Vulcan.

  • avatar
    ZoomZoom

    That girl is adorable.

    Uncle!

    This may not make me many friends here, but I am not about putting on airs, so I just don’t care.

    I like attractive ladies and I will be the first to admit it. More please! And yes, I know this is a car site. Again. I just don’t care! So there; put that in your pipe and smoke it. ;)


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