‘Just a little perverse?’ Wishes of ‘happy birthday’ to Mao confound those aware of history

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.

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