On the same day that a senior CCP mandarin encouraged government officials to engage with social media the vice governor of Guizhou provided an apt example of why this might not be a good idea.
Chen Xiaoming, vice governor of Guizhou and owner of one of the country’s “model government official Weibo accounts” posted a snarky comment about a recent shooting spree in Miami: “Why another shooting rampage in the US?”
After a netizen responded that Chen should perhaps take care of matters in his own glass house before throwing stones overseas, the “model government official Weibo” user went off on him.
Translation by Offbeat China:
There are people who want nothing more than hyping up problems in their own country. They are used to making a big deal out of every problem that has occurred. But we seldom hear [from them] about problems in the heaven-like US. And it’s a shooting rampage that killed innocent people.
These people curse their own country every day, and yet they continue to stay rather than moving to the US. They should go! Hurry up! I firmly support them to go. But before moving to the US, please get some plastic surgery so that people won’t recognize that you are Chinese.
These people don’t love their own country. They feel upset about being a Chinese. So let them move to the US. The faster the better. [They are] scum!
Chen’s refrain is fairly common on the Chinese internet, where many netizens take the approach that anyone who criticises the country should get out (ironically a sentiment shared by American nationalist idiots as well).
One commenter on Chen’s Weibo post said that he appreciated the vice governor’s candour however: “I like an official who dares to speak stupid things.”
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