The Celebrity Responsibility Sessions.

“Confession means a lesser punishment, denial means guilt.” – a Chinese Communist Quote

At the height of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) teachers, civic leaders, artists, musicians, actors, and common farmers, were rounded up by the mob and forced to ‘confess’ their sins against Communism. These ‘Struggle Sessions‘ were held publically and the victims were often tortured, made to wear signs professing their guilt, and humiliated in front of their town and peers.


Soon the accused started giving up all kinds of information and examples of crimes that they MIGHT have committed, implicating anybody they knew, hoping that information would appease the mob. Before the Cultural Revolution ended (with the death of Mao), it’s estimated over 10-20 million were imprisoned in ‘reeducation camps’ and hundreds of thousands died.

Today we see something eerily similar to the Chinese Struggle Sessions. As far as I know, no mob of protesters stormed the private estates of Hollywood’s celebrities and torture them to make an ‘I am responsible’ video. No, these celebrities created one to proactively signal their virtue to the cultural mob.

Or like the progressive Mayor of Minneapolis, who tried to unburden his sense of guilt about his ‘whiteness’. He was certainly guilty of ineffectual and indecisive leadership. But nobody cared. A mob will never forgive.

Today there is no Mao. But there is a cultural mob. And if history repeats itself, before it’s over this Cultural Revolution will eat its own.


SOURCES

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Revolution

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/11/the-cultural-revolution-50-years-on-all-you-need-to-know-about-chinas-political-convulsion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struggle_session

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