撵走嫖客自己上 – On Comedy – English

  
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Comedy is generally harder to write than tragedy, being angry is also easier than being comical, turns out that the officials’ apparent seriousness accidentally revealed the funny elements, so those who are engaged in area of drama should rejoice to be living in China.

Last year, a report of the “Yangcheng evening news” (99/12/16B seven edition) said: Before incinerating 6,000 counterfeit cigarettes, the ZhaoQing City’s tobacco management department invited a number of special guest — the owner of the seized cigarettes. Sources said that, the reason the tobacco management department did so is because the tobacco dealers publicly expressed their suspicions that the department did not burn the cigarettes but sold it privately for personal profit. So this time, the tobacco traffickers were invited to oversee the process. After the incineration, the tobacco traffickers expressed that they are sincerely convinced of the department’s innocence.

The mischievous Wang Shuo once said there are only two kinds of people, one is the “non-serious”, the other is the “fake-serious”. In short, there is no “seriousness”.

It is not surprising if we assume that the cigarettes trafficker do not believe that the tobacco management department is an honest business, but daring the law officers to prove their innocence is quite a new and strange act. What is more surprising is that the tobacco management department actually co-operated and performed this artistic performance to show beyond doubt that they are not “fake-serious”.

Before, I didn’t understand why officials throughout the country like to publicly incinerate counterfeit goods, and often guess that it was probably inspired from the incident of Lin ZeXu incinerating tobacco at Hu Gate, taking the opportunity to show the officials attitude and determination of getting rid of counterfeit goods.  After seeing the “Zhao Qing’s tobacco incineration incident” I realized that the public incineration of fake goods is because the manufacturers and the dealers of the counterfeit cigarettes have an interest in the whereabouts of the seized counterfeit goods due to their potential gains and losses.

Even then, I still harbor malicious forethought as to whether Li ZeXu invited the British tobacco traffickers when he burned the cigarettes at Hu Gate? I even have a more bizarre association – during that year, how did the onlookers at the scene of the incineration of tobacco at Hu Gate receive their patriotism education. Since within the past few years, there has been a lot of similar articles: To show the seriousness of the matter, the officials request the presence of a crowd to watch the incineration of counterfeit goods. However, who knew that the public incineration would provoke the victims of the counterfeit goods to rush into the fire and salvage some counterfeit goods, taking it home to enjoy.

I especially admire the Chinese who are involve whenever I see the “departments concerned” headings because every time when you are unaware, they would change a serious incident into a comedy. For example, one article once reported that when a police officer in Beijing ZhaoYang District was conducting an anti-vice operation, he saw that the prostitute was pleasing to the eye, so he forced the prostitute’s client out. Then, the police officer slept with the prostitute.

In this entirely “not serious” society, should you be not serious, or pseudo serious? It’s a to be or not to be question.

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