If this article is to be believed, “are you a Party member?” is in danger of becoming the latest internet meme. Our loose, partial translation is below.
On November 6th, Xinhua reported: is the common-sounding phrases “are you a Party member?” becoming the next popular internet phrase? The past two days, the phrase has been heating up among netizens and city people. Why is this?
Incident: a reporter is questioned “are you a Party member?”
This incident must be explained through news reports.
It’s said on November 4th a Zhengzhou reporter was investigating a story (“‘Dog adoption workers’* are told to only care about money”) and in the article the reporter was questions where 12,000,000 RMB [about 1.7 million USD] in adoption fees went. He interviewed the responsible person in Zhengzhou, Wang Ping, who, wanting to be sure the correct numbers were published, told him to directly ask the Bureau of Finance.
The reporter got in touch with [the relevant] department head at the Bureau of Finance, Wang Guanqi. “Are you a Party member?” Wang Guanqi asked the reporter. “If you want to ask about this expenditure, you need the approval of our Party committee and the department news spokesperson. The office allowing you to interview me directly is a violation of regulations!”
As soon as this story was reported to the public, the question “Are you a Party member?” has unexpectedly shown up over and over again on the internet. Using Google search for this sentence, the article and comments on it come up, [but also] 90 other instances of the sentence in blog posts and comments. This “shocking language” has thoroughly “bowled over” the public.
There’s more to the article, but it’s not all that interesting. It seems like as good a new meme as any. For the record, there already over two million results for the sentence on Google, and nearly 5,000 on Baidu (anyone else find that discrepancy a bit weird?). What do you think? 10 points to the first commenter to use it well.