Interview with Chinese astronaut

A rare spoof about China.

The Discussion: 23 Comments

predictable, not funny, bad taste, borderline anti-China

your sense of humor is off

October 4, 2008 @ 3:57 pm | Comment

and this is from a fan of the Onion

October 4, 2008 @ 4:09 pm | Comment

I said it was a rare spoof on China. I didn’t say it was a funny one. I was actually surprised that the Onion did it.

October 4, 2008 @ 4:52 pm | Comment

They should make one about the space shuttle ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hhhmm…. How about this one.

American astronauts on the shuttle bartering hard with Chinese astronauts on the Shenzhou space ship to get a good price for counterfeited ceramic tiles, bought in sanlitun, so the shuttle can reenter the atmosphere safely.

In the end the Chinese astronauts got all ipods and iphones (unlocked) from the american astronauts (plus a spare spacesuit) in exchange for the spare ceramic tiles.

October 4, 2008 @ 5:07 pm | Comment

I am still waiting for an AntiONNion web site, with videos “a lรก youtube”.

What are the Chinese video hackers waiting for? That would be a lot of fun!

October 4, 2008 @ 5:11 pm | Comment

I do have a confession to make – I tried to play the video but it would only play in fits and starts, probably due to China’s bipolar Internet. Thus I was careful not to say anything like “hilarious” or “great.” A friend emailed the link right before class started, I tried to watch but couldn’t, but thought since it was the Onion and it was about China I may as well pass the link along. If it is not funny or good, my apologies.

October 4, 2008 @ 5:13 pm | Comment

I thought that the last comment was quite amusing, even if some parts of the video were a bit predictable.

October 4, 2008 @ 6:30 pm | Comment

Hilarious! I watched it three times, and almost fell over laughing. Yes, it was predictable and stereotypical, but stereotypes (admit it) are often funny. The Onion makes fun of America and Americans all the time, so there is no reason anyone should get offended over this. It’s just a joke.

October 4, 2008 @ 10:03 pm | Comment

I just watched it, without the buffering problems I had this morning – and I have to say, I don’t think it’s very funny. I’m sorry I posted it. It was a very rushed decision, made as I was rushing to my last day of class and unable to get the video to play.

October 4, 2008 @ 10:19 pm | Comment

not funny,… borderline anti-China

It’s certainly worth a chuckle. If creating joke which makes fun of China’s authoritarian ways is being borderline anti-China – too effing bad – go and have a cry on Hong Xing’s shoulder.

October 5, 2008 @ 11:11 am | Comment

Now that’s a good one. Making fun of the officials on some real issues like pollution or human rights is what we need more.

But mocking astronauts and China’s progress in space? I smell sour grapes. Get some class, people.

October 5, 2008 @ 3:42 pm | Comment

I don’t think that the Onion was “mocking astronauts and Chinaโ€™s progress in space,” tree. I think they were mocking/criticizing real or imagined human rights violations by China’s government. They way they did it wasn’t particularly funny (too heavy-handed and in some ways foolish, as if China is a big prison). But there was no mockery of China’s progress in space.

October 5, 2008 @ 5:17 pm | Comment

Oh, I dunno, I saw that video as mocking American media portrayals of China as much as anything else.

October 5, 2008 @ 6:16 pm | Comment

Now I thought that tree siter’s video worked better. Thanks for the link.

October 5, 2008 @ 7:03 pm | Comment

“If pollution ruins a river, we will build a new river!”

October 5, 2008 @ 7:05 pm | Comment

The comments to tree’s video are also pretty wild. So many Chinese seem to have taken it a bit seriously.

October 5, 2008 @ 7:10 pm | Comment

“So many Chinese seem to have taken it a bit seriously.”

I don’t find that entirely surprising

October 5, 2008 @ 11:55 pm | Comment

Some insight to help you understand BC:

We’re all convinced other people in different circumstances are inherently different and stupid because they’re not in our circumstances.

But we have it backwards. We’re wrong. We’re stupid. Other People are actually incredibly like us – they just have different circumstances. Being like them is not like being like us – or they’d be more like us! In other words, if you had the same circumstances, you’d act pretty much the same way.

October 6, 2008 @ 12:44 am | Comment

This post is full of naive,popular, but very truthful truth…

October 6, 2008 @ 12:46 am | Comment

And this brings us back to – strangely – to the Stupidity Works principle. Because when a clump of people doesn’t understand a danger and is too stressed out and stupid to discern a reason, sometimes the only fucking thing to do to protect the clump is to implement an aggressive action solution.

Carrefour, anti-cnn riots and rabid nationalism anyone ?

October 6, 2008 @ 12:49 am | Comment

China is a big prison. Richard, do you just work and live in a bubble in China? Is there freedom to speak one’s mind without government retaliation? Are there property rights, equal protection under the law (any law)? Are citizens treated as anything more than numerical statistics? The Chinese people, for the most part, are benevolent inmates in a high security prison run by the worthless CCP. The Onion piece was their usual second-rate, immature attempt at humor, but the Chinese space program is an easy target. The fact that the CCP uses a half-baked space “program” that rehashes the 60’s and 70’s at the expense of safe food, clean air, clean water, decent healthcare or something more than propaganda parading around as education makes it a very target.

October 6, 2008 @ 11:37 am | Comment

>>But mocking astronauts and Chinaโ€™s progress in space? I smell sour grapes.

Yes, I wish _we_ could put astronauts in space! ๐Ÿ˜‰

October 6, 2008 @ 11:42 am | Comment

It was hilarious. That is all. Even my Chinese pals (well, two of ’em) laughed.

January 12, 2009 @ 3:16 pm | Comment

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