A Chinese citizen’s funny take on the latest gas price hike goes viral
Chinese people, for all the rage they pour out and insults they hurl on the Internet every now and then, do know how to get their viewpoints across while maintaining civility and dignity. When a television program in the city of Jiaxing, East China’s Zhejiang province, randomly interviewed people on the street for their thoughts on the latest gas price hike, a bespectacled college boy, said to the reporter, “Can I use profanity?… I can’t? Then I have nothing better to say.”
His response has become an online hit, and has been heatedly discussed and retweeted on Sina Weibo, a hugely popular microblogging service. His trademark phrase has morphed into an Internet meme and employed by netizens to express their discontent with a variety of issues, ranging from working overtime, to shoddy products.
China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced oil price increase, effective at 12:00 a.m. on March 20. Both gas and diesel prices are up by 600 yuan per ton, bumping the national average into the 8-yuan-per-liter range (US$4.80 per gallon).
Selected comments from Sina Weibo:
进步青年E：Damn, this person can represent me. Bump it, my fellow private car owners!
星妙的那个妙：“What do you think of the dining halls in your university?” “Can I use profanity?” “……” “So I can’t?! Then I really have nothing to say.”
圭珏Racher：This society has driven every one into becoming an angry young man.
高山流水101：The editor even ran this on TV, which means that the editor also shares his feeling.
鲁惠新：It would bother my conscience if I don’t retweet this.
_魔鬼天使：The high gas price has become an established fact! Is there still any point in using profanity?
济南芝宝：If each price hike could result in the death of one official at the NDRC, then I would support price hikes!
Warrior_of_Lovecraft：The pristine wisdom of the people!
DEUTSCHE德意志：Pooh, this handsome guy, please marry me!
Andy-Mak：The thing that makes me cry each time I want to go out: Ah! Running out of gas again?
孻叔-：The television station even provided closed caption for this. It seems they are quite pissed too!
萌萌不是马: What a polite guy…Even though he was extremely angry, he took the suitability of the media for the audience into consideration…And he surprisingly opened up a new angle for complaining He is too well-versed in the art of giving opinion
不熄灭的烟头：This bro is awesome. He has voiced the viewpoints of most Chinese people.