Watch what you retweet—it could wreck your nuptials. Case in point: The UPI is reporting that a Chinese human rights activist, Cheng Jianping, was arrested on what was meant to be her wedding day, all because of a seemingly benign (well, by American standards) "RT" of her fiance's politically-charged tweet.
Here's how it all went down: Cheng's fiance, Hua Chunhui, reportedly tweeted, "Anti-Japanese demonstrations, smashing Japanese products, that was all done years ago by Guo Quan (an activist and expert on the Nanjing Massacre). It's no new trick. If you really wanted to kick it up a notch, you'd immediately fly to Shanghai to smash the Japanese Expo pavilion." The sarcastic message took aim at supposed Chinese nationalists who had decided to destroy Japanese products because of a dispute between the two countries over the East China Sea islands of Diaoyu/Senkaku.
When she decided to send the message out to her own followers, Cheng tacked on, "Charge, angry youth!"
And you thought that getting a little case of cold feet or almost coming to blows with your almost-mother-in-law would throw a wrench in your wedding day plans!
What's worse: Five days later, Hua was released from jail, but Cheng was sentenced to hard labor in the Shibali River women's labor camp in Zhengzhou city. The politically active couple will now have to wait a year to say, "I do."
Some might argue that Hua and Cheng should have known better. Twitter is, after all, banned in China. But for most of us, seeing a bride-to-be go to jail over a retweet is completely wacky and a more than a little unnerving. The 7 Most Outrageous Wedding Stunts