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:

https://twitter.com/CNBCAsia/status/416016096332767233

Considering history, “happy birthday” comes off as a bit too cheery.

  • Guest

    Because it’s so hip to say happt birthday to a mass murderer but not to God’s Son.

  • Hotlanta Mike

    ’11 slogans that changed China’

    China is marking 120 years since the birth of former leader Mao Zedong. During his tumultuous three decades in power, Mao elevated political sloganeering to an art form.

    Although Mao’s successors have shaken off many of his more extreme doctrines, they continue to deploy slogans at a dizzying rate. Here are 11 slogans that transformed China.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24923993

  • The Masked Avatar

    But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao

    You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    “Happy birthday, Chairman Mao! Jesus ain’t got nothin’ on you.”

    …Could someone please call 911 for me? That statement was so pants-on-head f***ing moronic that I think it broke my brain.

    • Republicanvet

      I agree. Liberals exhibit such raving ignorance wishing some murderous despot happy birthday…using a medium that would not be allowed under his rule.

    • trixiewoobeans

      They CLEARLY did not have to, or know anybody who did, live under his Reign-of-Terror.

  • CO2 Producer

    Mao can’t hear any of these people. Mao is not happy. Mao is dead.

  • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Astounding that anyone would mark the birthday of a murderous dictator.

  • Sinjun

    what is it with these people.. next they’ll wish Stalin a happy birthday or Hitler… insanity

  • RblDiver

    You love Mao so much you want to wish him Happy Birthday? OK, go over there and live in what is clearly your utopia.

    • RblDiver

      (And if you love TSA, you’ll love Chinese airport security! My sis had to fly through Shanghai, where they opened all her luggage and photographed everything. Fun times for all!)

  • ceemack

    “Happy Birthday, Mao! Wish you were here to murder another 80 million of your own people!”

  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    When exactly did Mao Tse-Tung become Mao Zedong? I miss everything!

    • Newtie and the Beauty

      Must’ve happened during one of those history revisions we’ve heard so much about…

    • GaryTheBrave

      Happened at the same time that Peking became Beijing.

      • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

        Dammit!

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      When the US began full diplomatic relations with China in 1979, we officially adopted their spellings of Chinese names in Roman script. It’s still pronounced pretty much like Mao Tse-tung (“Maow Tzeh-(t)ong”– the (t) being a softer “t”).

      Hey– their sandbox, their rules.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    And after he croaked, the regime ‘fessed up to many things that had gone wrong under him, but “it was done in his name, by perfidious elements!”

    Mao Tse-tung in China is John Ford’s Law– not writ large, but writ enormously: “Print the Legend.”

  • Ghenghis Greg

    Check out the loon Close Gitmo, she has over 8,000 followers and spouts on about how great Communism is. She stated that Communism just needed a better PR team in the 20th Century, guess Stalin wasn’t so bad, he just had bad PR. She has no clue what communism is, how many people those savages butchered etc. Maybe she could move to North Korea and give us a first hand report.

    • ERMERGERD

      Amazing how they never volunteer to live in communist countries.

      • Newtie and the Beauty

        Yet always tell US we should go live there, for all the complaining we do HERE about the freedoms/liberties we’ve lost.

  • Maxwell

    So… on 4/20 these people will wish Hilter a happy birthday, and light a joint in his honor?

  • Blake Waymire

    Interestingly, not one of my actual Chinese friends has mentioned anything about Mao.

  • Demoivre

    People that stupid deserve to live under communism.

  • onegoodnathan

    to be objective, many people in this country wish Bush and Obama happy birthday when they’ve started and funded multiple wars of aggression killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people–they’ve also waged a war of drone terror on sovereign nations. yet depending on where people fall on the manufactured political spectrum they may still wish these murderers happy birthday.