Never would have thought that the U.S. diplomats in Hong Kong could act cute. (Serious, concerned, even pompous. But cute?)
Seems, however, when the consulate team tweeted — in a humorous manner — about China’s reaction to the U.S. State Department Human Rights Report, it struck a nerve in China. (Thanks to China Digital Times for the report.)
On May 25, the official Weibo account of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong published its “Thoughts on Reading the U.S. Human Rights Report in the Style of the People’s Daily.” The humorous and sarcastic tone of the comments caused large scale re-posting and commenting. One sentence that particularly garnered attention– “Why do you always delete me?”–earned the consulate the nickname “American Imperialist Acting Cute.”
The tweet that started it all:
@usainhkmacau: Thoughts on Reading the U.S. Human Rights Report in the Style of the People’s Daily #2: “We should actively participate in and promote democracy and human rights through political dialogue. Because of each individual country’s different social structure, level of development and traditions, we understand the concepts of democracy and human rights differently. This is totally normal. The key is to seek common ground in spite of the differences.” (Then why do you always delete me?)
Some of the comments that flooded the Internet in China:
- piggyogre_Jr: I strongly condemn the American imperialist attempt to interfere in my country’s domestic affairs by acting cute.
- Ambiguous_Yu: To be deleted you means you are in their hearts.
- DuduCola: Don’t you know how to punctuate? Political dialogue means you can’t speak unless your politics are correct [“dialogue” (duìhuà 对话) becomes “correct, speak” (duì, huà 对, 话)]. If your politics are not right to begin with, of course your comments will be deleted.
- LiKedian: Quick, everyone come look! @usainhkmacau is facing off against @PeoplesDaily! @BeijingDaily @HuXijin @SimaNan hurry and join the fight!
And then the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai joined in from its Weibo account:
@USConsulateShanghai: Yeah, One World, One Dream! //@usainhkmacau: Thoughts on Reading the U.S. Human Rights Report in the Style of the People’s Daily #1: “Developing democracy and guaranteeing human rights have always been the goals and values of Chinese Communist Party members.” (Huh! All this bickering and our goals are democracy and human rights. There’s no conflict!)