I see people on my timeline wishing Mao a happy birthday. Why.—
Amanda (@pandy92) December 26, 2013
The founder of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong, was born 120 years ago today. Even though his “Great Leap Forward” is said to have killed tens of millions, many on Twitter wished Mao a “happy birthday”:
An article in the New York Times as well as CNBC Asia also wished a “happy birthday” to Mao:
Considering history, “happy birthday” comes off as a bit too cheery.