Kevin Rudd lies about his height – Why trust a single word of his China expertise? By Thorsten J. Pattberg.

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Note before starting: when you are in the world of journalism, writers’ names are flashing across your eyes all the time. I had seen Thorsten’s a few times and knew he was focused on Asia. Yesterday, he emailed me with this jewel of a short piece and I am really happy to share it with friends, fans and followers of China Rising Radio Sinoland. His style is a nice change of pace to my usual hard-hitting exposés. It is terribly witty and I love the body height metaphor for honesty/dishonesty. As you can see with his Leninesque tongue-in-cheek selfie photo, Thorsten has a delicious sense of humor.

Who is Thorsten J. Pattberg, PhD? He is a German cultural critic, Asia specialist and political commentator on Sino-Western affairs. He is the author of ‘The East-West Dichotomy’, and can be reached at: https://thorstenjpattberg.weebly.com

Enjoy a good laugh and a poke in the eye of the princes of power…

Kevin Rudd lies about his height – Why trust a single word of his China expertise? 

By Thorsten J. Pattberg 

 

BEIJING – Google the height of Kevin Rudd, the former Prime minister of Australia, and you’ll find massive SEO (search engine optimization) by his PR team that has you staring at his “official” yet clearly exaggerated tallness: 1.79 m.

That can’t be right, though. Your author is about that height and shorter; yet when I stood next to him in Beijing, Mr. Rudd was nowhere near the mark. He was more like 1.75 m, in his tall shoes!

Height seems to be an ongoing ego-issue not only for French politicians. Many measured on the morning of their best days and added the roll of a dice on top of that. Obviously, many men lie about being taller than they really are (the ideal height for Western men is 1.8 m [roughly 6-feet] or taller), and you can’t blame them for it: Women prefer taller men. The media constantly bombards men with ‘research‘ that shows that “tall people tend to get promoted more often and earn more money.”

Male politicians and CEOs often have their shoes layered and clothes tailored to appear taller and larger, and stretch their frame in group photos. Mr. Rudd seems oddly troubled about his shortcomings and keeps mentioning, even in a TED talk found on YouTube, his tiny hands.

A quick internet search reveals that short-man syndrome is a thing : “Why Men Lie About Their Height,” warns The Wall Street Journal. “The Napoleon-complex is real,” reports the Daily Mail. “They are angrier than taller men,” explains CBS News.

See let’s see how Kevin Rudd’s “official” height (1.79 m) compares to that of some of his peers (Disclaimer: I do not own the copyright of those pictures; so, you will have to imagine now to see them):

  1. Kevin Rudd (officially 179 cm) and Gordon Brown (officially 180 cm) in comparison – Brown clearly is much taller, or did he just “step up” a bit?
  2. Angela Merkel is 1.65 m tall. Next to her, Kevin Rudd looks at most 1.75 m – definitely shorter than than his “official” 1.79 m.
  3. Look at Mr. Rudd’s mighty, extra-layered and tailored boots? Kevin Rudd (1.79 m) understandably wants to stand tall alongside Barack Obama (1.85 m), but fails in every picture.

While we shouldn’t generalize from a man’s shortness to his proclivities to lie and cheat (his way up), we should always distrust a short man who lies and cheats about his height. And what we absolutely must not do – and fail to observe at our own peril – is giving a dishonest short man a global stage:

“Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd says: US-China war no longer inconceivable.”

–Economic Times 

“US-China tensions could lead to hot war: Rudd”

–The Australian Financial Review 

“US, China crisis could spiral into ‘hot war’, Kevin Rudd warns.”

–The Australian 

“Kevin Rudd warns of ‘hot war’ between China and the US.”

–News.com.au 

Great politicians – of course – are all about manipulation and boundless ego. That said, Kevin Rudd’s “bad-tempered outbursts” and “grand lies” in Australian politics, all searchable online, seem on another level – as if Australia wasn’t big enough for him. He is clearly unhinged and ready to say sensational stuff that gives him the greatest amount of media coverage, thus attention.

The global media now decided to make him the world’s greatest “China expert.” Predicting a US-China war and being planetary quoted is so cool. It just irks me indefatigably that I clearly remembered this Kevin Rudd as a much shorter man when suddenly his PR team set out and declared him 1.79 m to the entire world. It just ain’t the truth.

The author is a frequent commentator on Sino-Western affairs. 

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Jeff J. Brown is a geopolitical analyst, journalist, lecturer and the author of The China Trilogy. It consists of 44 Days Backpacking in China – The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013); Punto Press released China Rising – Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations (2016); and BIG Red Book on China (2020). As well, he published a textbook, Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). Jeff is a Senior Editor & China Correspondent for The Greanville Post, where he keeps a column, Dispatch from Beijing and is a Global Opinion Leader at 21st Century. He also writes a column for The Saker, called the Moscow-Beijing Express. Jeff writes, interviews and podcasts on his own program, China Rising Radio Sinoland, which is also available on YouTubeStitcher Radio, iTunes, Ivoox and RUvid. Guests have included Ramsey Clark, James Bradley, Moti Nissani, Godfree Roberts, Hiroyuki Hamada, The Saker and many others. [/su_spoiler]

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