A Malaysian comedian known for mocking Western chefs for trying Asian cooking has had his Chinese social media accounts suspended after making a joke China.
Nigel Ng, who goes by the name Uncle Roger, is the latest comedian to feel the fallout from jokes that could be seen as negatively affecting China amid growing censorship and rising nationalism.
A Chinese comedian was investigated by police last week for making jokes about stray dogs.
On Thursday, Ng released clips from an upcoming comedy special in which he pokes fun at Chinese surveillance and Beijing’s claims of sovereignty over Taiwan.
The video showed Ng interacting with a man in the audience who said he was from the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou.
“Good country, good country, we have to say that now, right?” Wu said. “All calls are listening.”
Ng then joked with viewers who claimed to be from Taiwan that Taiwan is not really a country. “I hope one day you can return to your motherland. One China,” he said.
His Weibo account said on Monday that he had been banned from posting for “violating relevant laws and regulations”. Ng’s agency did not respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, a Chinese comedian could face jail time as police and authorities investigate a joke he made at a show in early May.
Beijing police announced last Wednesday that they Investigating comedian Li Haoshi “Seriously insulting” the People’s Liberation Army.
The comedian, who goes by the stage name HOUSE, made a joke about stray dogs, borrowing from a famous propaganda slogan describing the Chinese military.
Lee said he adopted two dogs that were so energetic in chasing squirrels that they fired at their targets like cannonballs.
He said that dogs are usually very cute and can melt people’s hearts, but when he saw his two dogs, he remembered the Chinese saying, “If you can win a battle, you have a first-class style.”
This phrase was first used 10 years ago Chinese leader Xi Jinping Describe China’s military reform plans, according to the China Media Project, which studies Chinese media.
The Beijing Cultural Market Comprehensive Law Enforcement Corps said in a statement last week that it had received reports from the public about Li’s behavior on May 13, and in response launched an investigation into the company Li signed with.
The law enforcement team said it would fine Guo Wenhua’s company about $2 million (13.3 million yuan). The company did not respond to a request for comment.
An officer at the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, who declined to be named, declined to say whether Li had been detained or arrested, saying the investigation was continuing and the results would be announced accordingly.
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