An Olympic Joke: ‘Produced by CCTV’

August 11, 2008 Updated: October 1, 2015
Fireworks explode over the National Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium on August 8 in Beijing, China.  (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over the National Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium on August 8 in Beijing, China. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The flap over the faking of part of the fireworks show for the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony reminds one of an old joke.

Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese paramount leader, has died. In the afterlife he comes upon the gatekeepers for heaven and hell. They say to him, “Where do you want to go? Do you want to go to heaven, or do you want to go to hell?”

Jiang pulls his chin, thinks, and says, “Well, I would like to see what each is like first.”

The gatekeepers agree, and the gatekeeper for hell shows him a video of hell. He sees people drinking and dancing and laughing.

The gatekeeper from hell says, “So, do you want to come in?”

Jiang says, “Wait, I want to see what heaven is like, too.”

The gatekeeper for heaven then shows Jiang a video of heaven. Everyone in heaven is seen to be working very hard, cleaning windows and mopping floors.

After the video ends, Jiang says, “I have decided. I will go to hell!”

The gatekeeper from hell bows his head in assent, and opens the gates of hell.

Jiang walks in, the doors close behind him, and he looks upon a scene of horror. Masses of people are wailing and screaming in agony as they are burned in a lake of fire.

Jiang turns back to the gatekeeper and says, “But what about the video I saw?”

The gatekeeper replies, “That was produced by CCTV.”

Note: CCTV, China Central Television, is the major TV network in China run by the Chinese regime. It is directed by the Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party.

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