An official in Hunan province has been temporarily relieved of his duties after some negative online feedback about his decidedly sucky poetry led him on the path of destruction.
Xiong Aichun, party chief of the local federation of literary and art circles in Leiyang City, had posted some of his lyrics on the local community website lysq.com on July 1. Apparently anticipating glowing reviews, Xiong was furious upon reading comments from web users describing his work as “lousy”, “vulgar” and perhaps harshest of all, “obsequious”, Xinhua reports.
On July 3, in a fit of fury, Xiong stormed into the website’s office and demanded that the critical posts be removed. Apoplectic at the administrators’ refusal to pander to his demands, he smashed a computer and left a note saying that he had done so “in an outburst of fury”.
[…] The poems he posted online were mostly eulogies in praise of Leiyang, his hometown. In a series called “Ode to Leiyang,” he said the city was “the heart of the earth” and called on the citizens to “stop complaining, cherish their life and convey positive power.”
Another poem was a homage to a local tabloid that promotes healthcare services: “Their services are so good, they make their customers happy and content. Enjoy a foot massage today, and go mountain climbing tomorrow.”
Photos of the website’s ravaged office along with Xiong’s written note have gone viral on Chinese social media. In effect, much to Xiong’s displeasure we’re sure, Lysq.com has seen a huge increase in traffic, so much that the site crashed last Wednesday.
The head of the office, surnamed Gu, said that they did not charge Xiong for the losses.
Xiong’s family told reporters that the man was ‘not of sound mind’ when he reacted and afterwards received treatment at the Hunan Xiangya Hospital.
by Maggie Wong