The Chinese Government Condemns April Fool’s Day, Becomes the Biggest Joke of All

April Fool’s day is no joke to the Chinese government.

The Chinese state media, Xinhua, issued a statement today on its official Weibo page frowning upon the participation of pranks and jokes that is April Fool’s day. The government-controlled media agency announced its stance against the holiday as an “anti-China” and “anti-socialist” tradition. The statement read:

“April Fool’s Day is not in keeping with our national cultural tradition or socialist core values. Please do not believe, create or spread rumors.”

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According to Shanghaiist, Chinese netizens were quick to comment on Xinhua’s position. A user wrote:

“In the West, it only happens one day a year; however, in certain Asian countries, it is every day, every year.”

Another person echoed a similar sentiment:

“The media is publishing false news to fool people every single day, what difference is one more.”

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Others had a more comical response. One netizen proclaimed:

“This is the best April Fool’s Day joke yet.”

Another netizen laughed it off and wrote:

“I never knew Xinhua had a sense of humor.”

Following the Xinhua Weibo post, thousands of satirical comments flooded the internet. The media agency eventually disabled comments on its post.

Whether the post was a hoax or not is hard to tell — some may just take their jokes too seriously.

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