When Xi Jinping praised Zhou for his “positive energy,” many netizens balked. Fang Zhouzi, known for policing scientists and disputing the authorship of Han Han’s novels, took down Zhou with a blog post earlier this week. The authorities instructed websites to delete Fang’s essay, and Fang’s Tencent and Sina accounts were shut down.
In Rebel Pepper’s cartoon, an imperial guard presents Fang Zhouzi to Xi Jinping, snuggled in bed with his concubine, Zhou Xiaoping. “What do you say, my darling?” Xi asks Zhou. “How should we let him know not to pick on you?” Zhou demurs, “It’s totally up to you, dearest ♥︎”