Neil Bush isn’t nearly the public figure that two of his siblings, Jeb and George Walker, are, but as a businessman and philanthropist and son and brother of former U.S. presidents, he’s made the news cycle a few times in his days. (Possibly most notably — and unfortunately — for a high-profile divorce in which he admitted to consorting with hookers in Thailand and Hong Kong; he may or may not have contracted herpes from one of them.)
Here he is, on Sina Weibo, in a picture posted at 9:02 am to his 124,351 followers and which, four hours and 26 minutes later, has been forwarded 2,451 times and has 1,294 comments:
I’m thinking of joining the CCP. What do you think of my accessories? 我正在考虑加入中国共产党。你觉得我的装备怎么样？
No comment from us. I’ve randomly translated some Weibo comments though, and they’re what you might expect: the whole gamut of serious and frivolous, in on the joke and totally not. Perhaps most interestingly, several netizens have used Bush’s winsome — though probably misguided — picture to express displeasure with their own government (the last comment puts it most pithily, I think). Also, because this is Chinese Internet, there were emoticons.
@作家天佑–: Your bag isn’t big enough, after joining the Party you won’t be able to wangle much money.
@张晨琛director: Do you know how to wine, dine, whore and gamble? Defraud, deceive, swindle, abduct? No? And you still want to join the party?
@丛日云: Silly laowai [foreigner], you’re more suited to join the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, abbreviated “Nazi Party.”
@龙控吴亚东: Capitalist roader infiltrating revolutionaries’ inner circle?
@袁莉wsj: So many capitalists want to join the Party, you’re not the only one, reckon you have to line up, also withstand examination.
@宝宝huiny: Too cute
@江小鱼2003: Want to join Party, such wishful thinking. 1. Must memorize Mao Zedong’s quotations; 2. Get Chinese nationality; 3. Pay 100 million USD fee. p.s.: in case you become president, remember to change China into a visa-exempt destination.
@@丛岩Kevin: Missing the Little Red Book
@蓝容若: Buy insurance…
@静持大师: Know how to write a thought report?
@Lian折纸: Who is this…
And in English:
@神经它病了: Clean your ass
@手指那天边的大海: you can be the secret agent for CCP and please contact San Mao.
@windycity623: retarded developmental disability
@小鱼儿幻镜: Oh, my god……You are brave……
@程小胖的家: chinese people don’t like ccp, it is not a good joke.
OK, we have one comment. Bush should have worn this shirt: