Emma Raducanu faces backlash for posting a picture of Chinese communist Mao Zedong on Weibo

Emma Raducanu gets criticism for her weibo post.


Emma Raducanu faces backlash for posting a picture of Chinese communist Mao Zedong on Weibo

Emma Raducanu had to withdraw from the 2023 US Open due to an injury. The Brit has recently been seen making the most of her time away from the court, as she was sighted exploring the streets of Shenyang, China. 

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The 21-year-old has shared photos of herself having fun in Shenyang on the Chinese social media site Weibo. She can be seen posing among the decor and lighting in one snap. Raducanu also shared some artistic photographs of ordinary life in Shengyang, including one of the rain-soaked streets and one of the city from a distance, as well as two photographs of a statue and a melon. “How about the photos I took?” she captioned the post.

However, it quickly sparked fury on social media when followers discovered a photograph of Mao Zedong among the images.

For context, Mao is remembered as one of history’s most heinous mass murderers, responsible for the killing of at least 45 million people between 1958 and 1962. Not only does the magnitude of the disaster eclipse previous estimates but so does the method by which many people died: between two and three million victims were tortured to death or summarily executed, frequently for minor infractions.

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It is also difficult to believe that Raducanu did not know the impact he created as she is half-Chinese. She was born to a Romanian father and a Chinese mother. Therefore, it seems even more insensitive on her part to post a picture of the totalitarian who was responsible for the mass killing of her own kind.

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Emma Raducanu prepares for a comeback

Emma Raducanu (Credits: Sporting News)
Emma Raducanu (Credits: Sporting News)

Raducanu has been out for most of the 2023 season owing to wrist and ankle problems. She has not participated since the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix because she decided to get wrist surgery to relieve the pain she had been experiencing for years.

As a result, she had to miss the French Open, Wimbledon, and the current US Open, where she won her first and only Grand Slam victory two years ago. The British player will make her comeback to the sport in December when she will compete in an exhibition tournament in the Chinese enclave of Macau.

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She has previously shared photographs of her exercising in the country as she attempts to get back into shape now that her injuries should no longer be causing her any problems.

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