Rage comics brand under fire after joking about revolutionary heroes

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China's leading rage comics brand Baozou Manhua and its online platform Jinri Toutiao have been investigated and penalized by the country's Ministry of Culture and Tourism after one of its videos was accused of making fun of revolutionary heroes and martyrs, the People's Daily newspaper reported.
The accusation relates to a 58-second Baozou Manhua video clip that was posted on the content aggregator Jinri Toutiao earlier this month.
The video joked about two Chinese civil war figures: Ye Ting, an army general, and Dong Cunrui, a People's Liberation Army soldier who destroyed an enemy bunker in a suicide bombing.
Netizens expressed strong condemnation of the video clip, with some of them saying immediate actions must be taken to prevent such inhuman behavior.
In response, Baozuo Manhua CEO Ren Jian issued a public apology on China's Twitter-like Weibo on May 17.
"The company will start internal rectification from today," the statement said. "We'll stop posting new content and organize all members of our staff to learn about relevant laws and regulations."
The ministry demanded relevant cultural departments to launch a clear-up campaign to remove all vulgar and illegal content on the Internet in accordance with laws and regulations.
Over 60,000 videos, nearly 20,000 messages and total 8,030 accounts have been removed to date.
"We will strengthen supervision of the Internet market and ruthlessly punish those who cross the red line in the future," said a spokesman for the ministry.
"Immediate actions will be taken to encourage the creation of excellent works," he added.
Rage comics entered China around 2008 and became hugely popular in 2011 when Baozou Manhua's website was founded, providing tools for amateurs to produce their own works in the format.
Since 2013, Baozou Manhua has released five seasons of its online talk show in which its hosts comment on trending topics with their trademark snark. The channel had more than 5 million subscribers on Youku and 240,000 on YouTube.

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