LATELY — 22 June 2003

The Cult of Personality

China Bar, Swanston St.

Is anyone both­ered by Mao being used in this way? Should he be made out to be a portly, iconic, inoffensive, figure of fun?

It only re­cently oc­curred to me that some people might find this sort of thing in poor taste; since then I’ve asked around and not found one—even people from main­land China seem to be okay with it. Why is this? Why is the ar­chi­tect of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution cel­e­brated like this? Is no cus­tomer ever offended?

(I don’t care ter­ri­bly much, I just find it odd. (Imagine Hitler in his place!) Perhaps Warhol is to blame.)