As China becomes ever more capitalistic and obsessed with “hip Western culture,” how can the CCP keep today’s young people interested in stodgy old Mao? Easy! Turn him into a rapper:
In a desperate appeal to China’s fashionable youth, the Chinese Communist Party has approved the repackaging of Mao Tse-tung as a rap artist.
Mao’s favourite exhortation – the Two Musts – is to be set to music and released alongside pop versions of all the Great Helmsman’s old slogans, such as The East is Red and Serve the People.
The rap album to honour the 110th anniversary of Mao’s birth next month follows another record, A Red Sun, released to mark his centenary.
The Beijing Times said yesterday: “Ten years ago, the album A Red Sun brought a crimson tide of songs rushing through our music industry. This year, the China Record Company has finished the production of the powerfully red Mao Tse-tung and Us.”
With Mao’s 100th birthday fast approaching, the CCP is desperate to do whatever it can to rekindle enthusiasm for the Great Helmsman, now regarded by most young people, thank God, as utterly irrelevant.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.