No Laughing Matter

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Chinese comedian Li Haoshi, who performs under the name House, recently did stand-up comedy at a Beijing club, after which, reports Reuters, ‘an audience member posted online a description of a joke he had made … describing it as demeaning to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).’ That went viral on Chinese social media. … Next thing the funny man’s employer knew, ‘China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism Bureau said it would fine Shanghai Xiaoguo Culture Media Co 13.35 million yuan and confiscate 1.35 million yuan in ‘illegal gains’ from the firm.’ That’s a cool $2 million U.S. for the ever-so specific crime of ‘harming society.'” (05/22/23)