Chinese crypto-exchange companies have called for a boycott of the blockchain conference taking place these days, after its organizers decided to use the image of Mao Zedong to promote their event, CoinDesk reports.
The two-day event Bo’Ao Blockchain Forum for Asia, held by the Chinese cryptocurrency media company BiKuai.org, was launched in Hainan this Monday according to the schedule.
A few hours after the beginning of the conference, a video was distributed in Chinese social networks Weibo and WeChat, where the actor hired by the organizers portrayed the most popular leader of the country, Mao Zedong.
“On behalf of Mao Zedong, I would like to thank all those present. I wish this event to be extremely successful,” said actor Xu Guoxiang.
The video quickly spread across social networks, although numerous publications and reposts have already been blocked by the authorities.
Several Chinese media companies from the sphere of the blockchain, including BTC123 and Jinse Finance, who attended the conference this morning, immediately raised the issue of the legitimacy of such actions by the organizers. They also called for boycotting the coverage of the event, so as not to incur the wrath of the authorities because of the use of the image of Mao.
In 2007, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce issued a decree prohibiting the use of associations with top-level leaders in business. Criticized, the organizer of the event BiKuai published a statement in which he suggested that the problem was caused by a lack of communication with the actor before the performance.
“The magnificent speech, uttered by Xu, was perceived by the public mainly positively. Xu expressed only his personal opinion, but not the opinion of the organizer of the event,” the statement said.