|Who’s More Marxist: China or Obama?|
|by Tom McGregor||Sun, Feb 23, 2014, 06:50 PM|
BEIJING — The 798 Arts Districts stands located in the heart of China’s capital city. The neighborhood promotes the local modern art scene and touts the latest pop culture trends of Asia. Visitors can browse through a wide array of art galleries and shops. And there’s no shortage of propaganda artworks that praise Chairman Mao and the Chinese Communist Party. The latest fad of Mao Memorabilia happens to be designs that depict U.S. President Barack Obama as a heroic New Mao, which is dubbed, ‘ObaMao Art.’
One popular store here sells ‘ObaMao Art,’ where you can see the current U.S. President wearing the traditional green uniform of People’s Liberation Army. He’s often shown wearing the green PLA cap to show his solidarity for China’s Cultural Revolution era. He’s the Red Guard Messiah.
The shop sells ObaMao T-shirts, blankets, coffee mugs, posters, and so much more. And for true connoisseurs, they could purchase life-sized ObaMao statues or ‘Barack Meets Mao in CCP Heaven’ oil paintings.
Considering that China is governed by the Communist Party, it would seem apparent that the Chinese would worship Obama as the U.S. President who is leading a global campaign to fight the global income inequality gap, bringing ‘hope and change’ for neo-Marxists.
Yet upon closer inspection of ObaMao art shops, one might conclude that store owners are indirectly mocking Obama as a socialist icon. He gets depicted as a puppet, not a leader, since he’s only portrayed as wearing a common PLA soldier’s uniform. Meanwhile, some artwork could be deemed as insulting. One shop was selling ObaMao toilet bowls, where ‘yes you can,’ urinate or defecate on Obama.
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