By Jiawei Liu
Audiences may be confused by Chinese state media’s latest weapon: American satirist and comedian Jon Stewart. CCTV used clips from the Daily Show to take potshots at the US political stalemate over Guantanamo Bay on Monday.
CCTV showed Stewart mocking the Obama administration’s repeated failed pledges to shut the 11 year old military detention facility. Stewart referred to Obama’s latest vow on April 30 to shut the prison in a segment called “Limbo Update”.
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The attempt at subtle but tongue-in-cheek US criticism, however, backfired after Chinese Internet users turned to slamming broadcaster CCTV for “not seeing the irony” and being hypocritical.
“There are so many problems happening domestically that you choose not to broadcast every day, but instead choose to smell the farts of other countries,” one person posted in the video’s comment section.
“This is our country’s mainstream media … They just want to divert our attention to problems [of other countries] away from poisonous ginger, tainted milk, gutter oil and undrinkable tap water … We are so lucky,” another said, sarcastically.
“At least they are free [in the US] to criticize their president openly on television,” one netizen observed on China’s biggest microblogging platform Sina Weibo.
When a clip of Stewart mocking Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions went viral on the Chinese internet, the Daily Show featured a segment specially designed for its (apparently huge) Chinese audience: ‘Daily Show With Imperialist Puppet‘.