Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao has banned the sale of merchandise depicting cartoon cats lying on comfortable chairs, as it violates “public order and morality”. Taobao also asked RHR Shanghai Pet Adoption Home to stop selling “shirts with lying-related content.”
The shirts are popular with young Chinese people who reject the work culture until their country’s collapse and embrace the “flat” movement.
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The lying flat the idea took hold last year in reaction to a competitive and overworked culture. One of his earliest supporters was a factory worker who began blogging about his efforts to avoid work by living cheaply, eating instant noodles and staying home. Few have gone as far as him, but many young people have taken it as permission to try less.
Bai lana more recent buzzword that became popular earlier this year, means letting a bad situation get worse rather than taking the initiative to fix it, a more cynical attitude that has grown in popularity as unemployment has continued to rise get worse.
In July, the unemployment rate for Chinese urban youth aged 16-24 rose to 19.9%, the highest figure since records began in 2018, and the fourth consecutive month that China has set a new high for youth unemployment.