The death of Kim Jong Il (金正日) on December 17 caused a stir in the Chinese blogosphere and many comparisons to China in the 70s. But there were also a lot of people unconcerned about his fate, and its relation to the Chinese people.
Zheng Jianwei (郑建伟), a human rights lawyer, microblogged in response to the beating of a Chinese free speech activist who apparently wasn’t allowed outside because of the death of Kim Jong Il:
Kim Jong Il is dead. What business is it to Chinese people?
Yang Hengjun (杨恒均), a political commentator and blogger with over 50,000 followers on Sina microblog, said:
North Korean authorities announced an immediate ban on all recreational activities. All government departments including the Ministry of Propaganda, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Public Security started to make preparations under this order, but they looked for three days and found that there was nothing they could ban, because the North Korea under Kim Jong Il ceased to be recreational a long time ago. The only recreation they could ban is eating, but you can’t ban that can you? Some people suggested banning sex.
Lian Peng (连鹏), columnist and author, with over 70,000 followers, quipped on the fatality of dictatorship and the difference between China and North Korea now:
Kim Fatty II is dead, the North Korean people are inconsolable, I believe that most people were really crying, just as China 35 years ago, when everyone was brainwashed, and society was closed. At the time, the world laughed at us just as we’re laughing at North Korea now. When the people are continuously starved to death, the dictators drink wine, and keep philandering. History is really awful, justice is always late, but it won’t not come. People’s wisdom will open up, and the people who are weeping today will realize one day that the misfortune of the country and their own suffering was caused by so-called “great men.”
HumansCan’tStopWeibo (人类已经无法阻止微博了) takes a detached view of the situation, perhaps like many young Chinese people on the internet:
I’m thinking, will North Korea make Kim Jong Il an exhibit like his father?