After the former Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was shot and died, the “joy” of a part of the Chinese population was exposed in many newspapers worldwide. A Chinese lawyer even exclaimed, “this country is so weird,” as they celebrated the death of a man who did them no harm.
Shinzo Abe shot dead: World leaders and people console, but Chinese’ little pinks’ celebrate
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed by a man while giving a speech in the Japanese city of Nara on July 8. Japanese police immediately arrested the killer, a 41-year-old man who claimed to be dissatisfied with Mr. Abe’s actions and wanted to kill him. After the news of Prime Minister Abe’s shooting shocked Japan and the world, the Japanese people simultaneously expressed concern. At the same time, the leaders of other countries continuously sent condolences and compassion. However, it was a completely different reaction after the news reached China. Chinese netizens, especially the “little pinks” (a phrase used to refer to patriotic young Chinese people who view social networks as a battleground against those who criticize and slander the homeland), have repeatedly mocked and posted provocative “congratulating” comments.
Many comments immediately emerged on the Chinese social network Weibo. Related topics have taken over hot search rankings. When Taiwanese media channel Newtalk browsed through the comments below the relevant news in real-time, many of them were sarcastic, but also some netizens said: “don’t laugh at other people’s pain.”
Chinese dissident artist Badiucao tweeted on July 8 that some Chinese nationalists on Weibo “congratulated” Mr. Abe’s killer calling him a “hero.”
Screenshots of comments show Chinese netizens calling the killer an “Anti-Japanese Hero.” Another netizen wrote: Commemorating the “July 7 Lu Guoqiao incident (the opening event of the Sino-Japanese War) has just passed, the action has already begun.”
Some overseas netizens could not help but respond to the “Great Translation Movement” once again, translating the harsh words of Chinese netizens to make evil deeds public to the whole world.
According to shuashuakan.com, as of 3 p.m. on July 8, Japan time, 8 of the top 10 searches on China’s Weibo were related to Abe’s assassination. Although many comments expressed concern, sympathy, or discussion about the incident, comments about “go celebrating” and “congratulating” were still more numerous.
As observed by Sound of Hope, Chinese netizens’ “laughing on others’ pain” comments can be divided into two levels: One is directed at Mr. Abe himself, including his previous visits to the Yasukuni Shrine and his many comments on Taiwan; the second is aimed at Japan, including avoiding responsibility for the war, not apologizing to China, etc.
The most popular comments were: “people from XX sent congratulatory messages.” “Hope someone has something to do.” “Let’s have two drinks (congratulatory alcohol).” Even netizens said, “Let’s eat at a Japanese restaurant tonight, considering it a celebration.”
Some netizens even quoted the lyrics of the song “Lonely Hero” by Hong Kong singer Chen Yixun, along with the message “Who said standing in light is the hero,” to praise assassin Tetsuya Yamagami as an “anti-Japanese hero.”
Some netizens posted a billboard in a bike shop, writing: “To commemorate Shinzo Abe’s death, buy a bike today for a free cycling glove!!!”
Lawyer says: ‘A bizarre country’ as Chinese netizens gloat over others’ misfortune
In this regard, lawyer Lin Zhiqun said this is a very bizarre country.
Creaders.net quoted some comments of Lawyer Lin Zhiqun as follows: “Mr. Abe’s death was celebrated by a group of Chinese people. Mr. Abe never hurt any of the Chinese, but they deeply hated him; and Mao Zedong caused a lot of deaths and disasters for the Chinese people, but they respectfully bowed to him.” Lawyer Lin commented: “This is a very bizarre country.”
Lawyer Lin also said: “Some people say that if something happens to Xi Jinping, we will also say some bitter words like the Little Pink talk about Mr. Abe. He scoffed: I hope that Xi Jinping will stay in power and continue with the ‘Zero-covid’ policy and the lethal force of Xi Jinping over China can overcome 30 divisions.'”
However, some netizens bravely stood against the movement
Sound of hope quotes a WeChat netizen with the public account “Sanbiao longmenzhen,” saying that the voices on Weibo are not representative of all Chinese netizens. He commented: “I really don’t want to admit that this is the majority of Chinese public opinion. Messages like this don’t have sympathy, but support death, encourage terrorism, etc.”
Another netizen’s comment with the account “Wangxu de wang” said: I can’t understand why a group of people are so happy when one person is shot and in danger. It may be because Mr. Shinzo Abe is Japanese and was the Prime Minister of Japan. Still, in my opinion, the Prime Minister of Japan, a doctor, a lawyer, or even a sanitation worker, it’s just a profession or position. I don’t know why they have such strong animosity towards Mr. Abe.”
The author continued: “I don’t care who was shot, whether it was Mr. Shinzo Abe, Japanese, Chinese, or American, I feel that a person has been assassinated, and that is an unfortunate thing, I won’t have any gloating or heartache, just pity, that’s the simplest state of mind since a person was born.”
“I don’t know the people who raise their voices to congratulate. What kind of mentality are they? After all, what kind of factors can make them only have hatred in their hearts, without the slightest hint of compassion, what happened to them to grow up to be such a being … The interesting thing is that almost every time, behind a disaster in a foreign country, there is such a group of people, such as September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, the Notre Dame combustion in France, or the assassination of Shinzo Abe this time.”