Popular Weibo user “Old Media Wang” (@传媒老王), a.k.a. media scholar Wang Zhiyong, found an interesting advertisement in the state-run newspaper Global Times in the style of a folk painting:
传媒老王: The Global Times published a full-page public service ad: the Party is good, the people are joyful.
Wang’s weibo has received 3,569 comments and has been reposted 9,856 times since he first posted it last Thursday. Netizens have hardly found the advertisement folksy:
杜楠爆料: Do they charge an advertising fee?
捣乱帝: When you say the Party is good, the people laugh.
Hans哥rELoADEd: In the picture there are a school headmaster standing, a female student lying down, a newborn infant, and a bunch of chickens. How should we interpret this?
wjp开心: re:@阿飞喜欢吹: Chinese folks are the best in the world. They’ll keep silent and won’t dare to fight back no matter how much they are debased. How could those local officials not be happy?
月半三皮: You don’t understand the intention of the Global Times. They’re reflecting reality, particularly the state of the media. They would rather come up with something that will be remembered by our descendants than have their words banned. They are leaving behind some reminders of the current era. If there were no Global Times, where would be focus? What would we talk about?
长沙陈文忠老师: //@江西新余刘喜珍: /@Madx: //@隆裕太后: If we love the Party, we should help it form new solutions and policies, critique it, urge it towards progress, so that the Party may be prudent in speech and honest in deed, consider the people at all times, and be crestrained from abusing its power. To defame the Party is to always flatter it, sing its praises, and bewitch it with sweet words, all while furtively thrusting it into the flames. That’s what the official media are doing.
TrippolReal: No comment… Even the Party needs to advertise… Those are North Korean folks in the ad, right?
北京厨子: What I want to know is how they paid for this ad. With taxpayer money? Who approves the budget for the government to pay lip service to itself?
那个野和尚: The text is simplistic and rough, the picture is nonsense, and the typesetting is extremely ugly. It’s like one of those flyers they paste on utility poles.
来自猎户星云: It’s more joyful reading the comments.