No More `Big Daddy Xi’ as China Bans Nick­name

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Beijing: A push to rein in a pop­u­lar nick­name for Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping sig­nals his im­age-mak­ers are re­fin­ing their ef­fort to por­tray him as a pop­ulist hero of the masses. News out­lets have been cau­tioned against us­ing “Xi Dada”. Since Xi came to power, the name - lit­er­ally Big Daddy Xi - has pro­lif­er­ated on so­cial me­dia, with videos, songs and po­etry prais­ing him as an af­fa­ble fa­ther fig­ure. While that im­age has helped off­set per­cep­tions of his priv­i­leged up­bring­ing as the “princeling” son of a rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader, it’s fu­elled crit­i­cism that the Com­mu­nist Party was build­ing a new per­son­al­ity cult. Bloomberg

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