Forbes’ Gady Epstein has written up a hilarious satire (complete with pictures!) calling into question what would happen if the devastating BP oil spill off the U.S.’ gulf coast had actually happened in China. Would BP CEO Tony Hayward have been executed for his role in this “atypical ocean event”? Hint: kind of.
Jackie Chan, Han Han and even the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman are lampooned, but my personal favorite is Day 6, when the Chinese go nationalistic:
“What if…? Chinese fury toward Britain is now at full tilt. Netizens launch a boycott of all British products, a movement hindered by the fact that most British products are now made in China. A translation error about “limeys” leads to a misunderstanding that the British desperately need limes, causing Chinese speculators to hoard the world’s lime supplies. Lime futures soar dramatically, and Goldman Sachs, which planted the error online, profits handsomely on lime futures trading. Chinese consumers ultimately boycott the British supermarket chain Tesco, British Airways and the English national soccer team, which just can’t get a break.”