Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sorry Mao

Citroen is apologizing for poking fun at the late Chinese dictator Mao Zedong.

The French carmaker's sin was running ran ads which featured a smirking Mao and the tagline: "It's true, we are leaders, but at Cirtoen the revolution never stops."

Seems this offended somebody in China, so Cirtoen, no doubt fearing the Alberta Human Rights Commission might get involved, said it was sorry.

Just goes to show that you can't even mock mass murderers anymore.

2 comments:

Janet said...

It is positively frightening how many Chinese people seem to just adore Mao. (Or at least they seem to in San Francisco. Mao hats, $5. Oh, the irony.)

Anonymous said...

Hey, here's a radical thought.

Let's just leave each others religious icons alone...

I know that Mao wasn't a religious icon, but this is an attempt to connect the issue with Levant's anti-Muslim cartoons.

This anti-Muslim stuff (ie. Levant's cartoons, Steyn's overly simplistic demographic projections, Amiel's...well, take your pick) really has nothing to do with conservatism...

Perhaps it does with neo-conservatism, but that's a whole different ideology that should be put behind us as a failed experiment.

If the media want to fight radical "Islamo-fascists", feel free to pick up a gun and join the effort to fight the Taleban in Afghanistan.

Stirring religious tensions in Canada is counter-productive to these efforts...