A Kneeling Mao Feels Wrath of Online Chinese

18 June, 2011 at 07:24 | Posted in China, Culture, human rights, persecution | Leave a comment
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By Xie Dongyan
Epoch Times Staff

Two bold Chinese artists are exhibiting works in the U.S. that could never be shown in China—and Chinese netizens, taken by the hard-hitting political commentary embedded in the pieces, are applauding furiously.

The exhibition “The Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis,” was held in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, from mid-September last year to Jan. 2 this year.

It included a series of pictures of crimes committed under communism in China, but it was the remarkable life-sized statue of Mao Zedong in the exhibit, called “Mao’s Guilt,” that triggered the mass of online interest from Chinese.

The message may not have even escaped the museum if a Chinese blogger didn’t pick up the news, and pen a blistering essay reflecting on the piece titled “Repent! Mao Zedong.”

Initially published on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, the author included a picture of the bronze, kneeling and clearly repentant Mao. Searches for “Mao Zedong” on Weibo are blocked, so the author remains anonymous, but the piece has been widely copied on Chinese websites.

The article was scathing: it says Mao was “the combination of the most evil thoughts of the Eastern emperors and the Western totalitarians. He ruined the five thousand years of Chinese civilization, killed 80 million lives, and mercilessly destroyed humanity. He is the first of the three mass murderers of the twentieth century (Mao Zedong, Stalin, Hitler).”

The article goes on to say: “Mao should kneel in front of all the Chinese people and repent. He should kneel in front of the Chinese culture and repent. He should kneel in front of the conscience of mankind and repent.”

Read more: A Kneeling Mao Feels Wrath of Online Chinese | China | Epoch Times.


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