It’s the happiest day of your life! What shall we do darling? Well, how about we spend the night copying the Communist Party constitution to show our support for the government?
Oh yeah, I love it when you talk all unswerving loyal like that.
Apparently, this was in fact one newlywed couple’s idea for a romantic wedding night, feverishly copying out parts of the 53 articles that make up the Constitution of the Communist Party, admiring each other’s penmanship and just generally losing themselves in matrimonial bliss and Marxism. Jeez, save some of it for the honeymoon guys.
But the idea of copying parts of their 15,000-character constitution didn’t just come to them when they arrived back in the bridal suite, it is actually part of a wider campaign (ongoing since March) that is designed to drum up support for the Party. It’s not just meant for one special night either; the campaign is designed to last 100 days, with each night devoted to transcribing more constitutional text by hand, according to the Global Times.
The couple in question, Li Yunpeng and Chen Xuan, are both employed by the Nanchang Railway Bureau and have been participating in this patriotic activity. Rather than take the night off, they both apparently decided to “put down paper, open up the Party constitution and leave fond memories of their wedding night.” Oh, what a night!
The national education campaign aims to raise awareness of the Party’s constitution, targeting those members whose confidence in communism and socialism with Chinese characteristics is starting to waver.
However, it appears that few were actually aware of this awareness campaign until the wedding night story broke earlier this week. Then, netizens confidence in the story began to waver, with many commenting in to mock the couple, the story and the campaign itself. In response, the initial news story has been mostly expunged from the Chinese internet, replaced with a new story that explains the constitution-copying campaign in greater detail.
However, this hasn’t stopped netizens from continuing to pile it on:
“I just want to know, who is in their bridal suite on their wedding night taking pictures of them?” one netizen couldn’t help but wonder.
“I haven’t read the Party constitution, can someone tell me which chapters tell you how to make love?” another netizen asked.
“Once they are finished copying it, it will be time to divorce,” another joked.
“What is the purpose of all this? It is just an incredible waste of time,” one web user commented.
“If copying the Party constitution will make all the corruption go away, then I will gladly copy it every night,” another wrote in.
In an unexpected twist, thanks to this story, “copying out the Party constitution” has become a euphemism for something that couples do more often during their wedding night.
“I can’t wait to do my patriotic duty and copy out the Party constitution with my wife when I get home tonight,” commented another netizen.
“If my wife refuses to copy out the Party constitution tonight with me, then I will report her as a counter-revolutionary,” another wrote.
One popular commentator, Wang Wusi, has authored a satirical essay about the story, via The New York Times:
On the wedding night, the bridegroom did not rejoice in his great friendship with the bride and do what we love to do.
Hostile foreign forces will certainly exploit this act of copying out the party Constitution on a wedding night, and they will stir up mockery of it. The broad numbers of party members must make a stand.
And who said romance was dead?
By Kitty Lai
[Images via Global Times]