Comments and cartoon from Yangcheng Evening News, translated by CDT:
Cheng’an County’s “straw recline license” is strange enough to be be compared to young bloggers creating “online dating permits”, “virgin licenses”, etc. However, farmer Zhang is not some hot girl on the internet who can respond with laughter or tears. Zhang was scolded and beaten for harvesting his corn without the “straw recline license”. This is another example of black humor, in which the local government shamed themselves in order to achieve their political goals.
[Caption: This official-looking guy yells at the old farmer, “Straw Recline License!” His right hand holds a banner reading, “no license no discussion.”]