Yesterday, the state-run People’s Daily Online ran the story Kim Jong-un Named The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive For 2012, embellishing it with a 55-photo slideshow of the North Korean leader. The American parody paper later pointed readers to the People’s Daily pages, praising the “exemplary reportage” of their “Communist subsidiary.” Not surprisingly, the People’s Daily post has since been removed. (Korea Times also missed the humor and reported the Onion story as real news.) Weibo denizens didn’t miss a beat:
OnionWeekly: Late in the evening, we learned that the Onion and People’s Daily have conducted official communications, and People’s Daily has received high praise from the Onion. We are somewhat please to announce that The Onion Weekly and the People’s Daily represent the most authentic voice of China.
JusticeProtectorTyrael: You really don’t get it. The People’s Daily Online is also a parody site!
Keluoyidu: Ironically, People’s Daily Online just cannot fathom the existence of a fake news website on this earth. What is your State Administration of Radio, Film and Television doing?!
TeacherHeJiong: Certainly, this mistake was committed by some temporary worker at @PeoplesDaily. It has nothing to do with the “newspaper of truth” @PeoplesDaily.
何囧老湿：这一定是@人民日报 临时工干的，与真理报@人民日报 无关。
HeiQiQideQi: So, in the eyes of the People’s Daily, there can actually be “other media”?
SaltyRay: This because you are firewalled. You read English, but you are uncivilized. Man, that’s gotta hurt.
SaltyRay：让你防火墙 有英文没文化 内伤了吧
BetweenLight&Dark: You can see just how complacent the official Chinese media have become.
Durex_UnclePanda: I heard the editor of this article grew up on Party publications.
YouYe: Re @2Badger: This is a problem of values. When they see the American imperialists experiencing a catastrophe, they gloat. When they see something good happen to Little Brother, they can’t send their congratulations fast enough. As for authenticity… who cares?
Ivan: Seeing the People’s Daily commit such a blunder, I can’t help but worry about the intelligence of these “mouthpieces”… However, you really can’t blame them. Nowadays, it’s harder and harder to find great, glorious, and correct events. Stretched as they are for positive news, they would seize this opportunity like a fat kid on cake. I can understand if they were so happy that they forgot to judge its authenticity.
TooMuchTalent: I find this quite odd, as well. Chinese media mostly quote gossipy reporting from less authoritative foreign media organizations–especially reports that praise China. Could it be that the editors of our major domestic media outlets all got their jobs by going through the back door, too?
PretendInNY: The article is written like this: Although China has surpassed the United States in many ways, we still have the obvious upper hand when it comes to sarcasm and criticism. Because of this, the Onion–our main exporter of sarcasm and criticism–has successfully tricked the mouthpieces of Communist Party that Kim Jong-un is the sexiest man in the world. #andjustlikethatChinasaverageIQwaslowered#
假 装在纽约：文章是这样写的：中国也许已经在很多领域已经超过了美国，但是感谢上帝，我们在讽刺和批评这两件事上还有明显的优势。正因为如此，我们的洋葱新 闻——讽刺和批评的主要出口商——才能成功地让共产党的喉舌相信金正恩是世界上最性感的男人。#平均智商就是这样被人民日报拉低的#
MuMuisHere: Perhaps according to the Party-media mentality, this occurrence is completely probable. In fact, in Mainland China, the concept of “black humor” isn’t necessarily widespread — especially among the ranks of those within the system.
GeLeixia: If the Party says he’s sexy, he’s sexy.
Via CDT Chinese. Translation by Little Bluegill.