Hu Xijin: I’m the House, You’re Just Decor

This Weibo post by Global Times Chief Editor Hu Xijin, from March 16 had at least 790 forwards and 593 comments. It has since been removed. CDT translator Deng Bolun has rendered some choice replies into English. Read more comments in Chinese here.

The dominant voice of Weibo is that of critique. Real name registration will not change this. Since critique is society’s true demand, this demand can bring profit to a few critics. Cultural iconoclast Wang Shuo has benefited enormously from this. Political iconoclasts need only handle Weibo appropriately to turn a profit. Active Weibo critics, please forgive my presence. I am the leaf accompanying the flower. The cause I support is the house itself, while you are the decoration and paintings inside.

topgao: The cause you support is an iron cage, and we are prisoners inside the iron cage.

Kevinclily: What crap. What you’re supporting is clearly the party, but you say you support the country.

EastEast31: The house you speak of is a black room. Black gold, black beatings, blackness, black curtains. The people want a bright homeland. Wake up!

WeiJinDemeanorGarden: Dog fart! In your eyes “an appropriate handling brings more profit than loss.” You assume everyone has set aside their conscience like you. Does everything start with profit? The critic’s undying faith and truth is something a shameless dog like you could never understand!

Fengyuruhuijimingbuyi: We critique, because there are too much lies.

Pengpenglailiao: Aren’t we supposed to be the master of the house?

C5M_: I just want to know, how many earthquakes your home will survive?