2006: The Year in Spoofs – Joel Martinsen
This year, one other word was always with us – “egao” (ÊÅ∂Êêû – spoof). Egao is a new word, but it not really anything new; it is just black humor. Calling black humor egao is like calling news reporting “hype” (ÁÇí‰Ωú). It is a spoof of those serious concepts and has the flavor of high-and-mighty moral judgment – but is egao afraid of moral judgment? An attitude like that only gives it more spirit and spice.
As the cover indicates, this is a collection of major issues turned upside-down. We find that in 2006,
Poet Zhao Lihuawas awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature;‚Ä®Qiu Xinghua was prevented from carrying out his plan to kill ten people;‚Ä®Li Yinhe stumped for family values, ‚Ä®Curse of the Golden Flower was criticized for being too uptight;‚Ä®Bus Uncle was a model of patience;…[Full Text]