Chairman Mao’s Road to Power and Glory Blocked Online

A censored image of Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China. (HKU)
A censored image of Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China. (HKU)

Known as Skull Face Mao, this photo shows a bust of Mao Zedong made from tiny porcelain skulls by Dutch artist Bouke de Vries.

This image and the following caption were purged by Chinese censors monitoring Sina Weibo this week:

“Was he really a ‘savior of the people’? During his 27 years of power from 1949 to 1976, what did he do? He tortured the rich to death, he tortured the educated to death, he tortured the intellectuals to death, he tortured the better-off to death, he tortured the well-bred to death, he tortured those with ideals to death, he tortured the ones with guts to death, he tortured those with moral integrity to death.

In other words, he spent his life torturing others to death using the euphemistic phrase ‘class struggle.’ Approximately 80 million Chinese are believed to have perished under the Chinese Communist regime.

Research by Cecilia

This image of a Mao Zedong bust made of porcelain skulls was censored on Weibo. (HKU)

This image of a Mao Zedong bust made of porcelain skulls was censored on Weibo. (HKU)

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