General Mao Xinyu
Mao Xinyu (毛新宇), the PLA general who is famous for being the grandson of Chairman Mao and little else, has a new part-time gig — teaching at the Guangzhou University Songtian College. The general will be the new
brainwasher instructor for 66 students in Mao Zedong Thought (is anyone surprised?), which, far from dying out, has been enjoying something of a resurgence with the revival of the left in recent years.
According to the Global Times, Mao is all geared up and ready to go. “I cannot wait to meet my students and lecture to a class now,” he said. “I am really eager to know what these post-90s students harbor in their minds.”
Mao will have to work extra hard at winning the kids over. Following a series of disastrous interviews that went viral on the internet, the super-sized army officer has been widely lampooned by all and sundry.
In December last year, Mao took his first tentative steps into the murky waters of Sina Weibo. With just one tweet, he attracted over 46,000 followers, and Sina moderators had to work overtime to delete the torrent of negative comments that inundated the post. Deciding he could not take the heat, Mao quietly deleted his profile and retreated to the relative safety of the People Daily’s (not-so-popular) microblogging platform.
One of General Mao’s many catastrophic interviews. (Turn on video captions for English subtitles):