Controversy arises after impersonator imitates Mao Zedong at blockchain forum

28 May, 2018
by Richard Allen
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Controversy arises after impersonator imitates Mao Zedong at blockchain forum

Controversy has arisen after organisers of the Boao Block Chain Forum for Asia, hosted in South China’s Hainan Province today and tomorrow, invited an impersonator of the late Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong to give a speech at the event.

The Global Times reports that the "xinjinrongshendu" WeChat account described how the impersonator, named Xu Guoxiang, delivered a speech on Monday while imitating Mao’s accent and stating that he wishes "wholeheartedly that the forum can achieve success."

According to a post on the WeChat account, Xu also said that he "appreciates all guests in the name of Mao Zedong."

Many forum-goers have taken to the Internet to express their criticisms, with one person leaving a message under the post saying the forum was “sensational without a bottom line, which is shameful." Another said that it is inappropriate to sully the image of government leaders and that the event organisers should be held accountable.

The committee has apologised for the impact the incident stating that the speech does not reflect their personal opinions and has called but have stressed that people should “correctly read” Xu’s speech.

In 2007 the State Administration for Industry and Commerce issued a guideline that banned companies from using the names and images of government leaders in any form of commercial promotion.

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