A BuzzFeed editor has set her Twitter account to private, after a tweet declaring “all I want for Christmas is full communism now” did not go as she planned.
BuzzFeedUK Science Editor Kelly Oakes, the editor behind the reprehensible tweet, was quickly called out by a swarm of people — in multiple languages.
“Oh my god, what a joke,” Federalist contributor Erielle Davidson tweeted in Russian.
О Боже, какая шутка https://t.co/Sv7qf8s5fC
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) December 15, 2017
Others pointed out the horror of living under Communist rule.
Sounds like u have never lived under it! Some of us have.
— Stephen Payne (@Britinfloridaus) December 15, 2017
Ever notice no one is escaping capitalistic democracies for communist states? Yet people have always fled communist states for free nations. Feel free to move to North Korea, Cuba, China or Venezuela.
— JamesG (@TheBigJamesG) December 15, 2017
@kahoakes No communism for christmas I'm afraid, but I see you gave yourself an Iron Curtain around your account. Please keep it up. Or delete your account. There's enough cancer on Twitter already.
— H ⬛ V (@_the_Patrician) December 15, 2017
Approximately 100 million people are believed to have been killed by Communist regimes across the globe.
Dead bodies sure does bring the holiday cheer
— Vareck Bridges ???? (@Gray_Wolfs76) December 15, 2017
"All I want for Christmas
is a gun in my cheek,
gun in my cheek,
oh it in my cheek
All I want for Christmas
is a gun in my cheek-
so I can mumble out
'HAPPY CHRISTMAS COMRADE!'
'PRAISE THE WORKER!'
'MY DOCUMENTS ARE RIGHT HERE!'
'PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ME!'"
— a Statement of Fact (@fringeaggressor) December 15, 2017
In The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, Stéphane Courtois estimates the number of people killed by Communism as follows:
- 65 million in the People’s Republic of China
- 20 million in the Soviet Union
- 2 million in Cambodia
- 2 million in North Korea
- 1.7 million in Ethiopia
- 1.5 million in Afghanistan
- 1 million in the Eastern Bloc
- 1 million in Vietnam
- 150,000 in Latin America
- 10,000 deaths “resulting from actions of the international Communist movement and Communist parties not in power.”
Economic historian Michael Ellman has argued that the book’s estimate of “at least 500,000” deaths during the Soviet famine of 1946–48 “is formulated in an extremely conservative way, since the actual number of victims was much larger.” He believes there may have been as many as 1,500,000 deaths, which means the estimates could be higher than Courtois’ estimation.
Though Oakes is a science editor at BuzzFeed, she also dabbles in political content and news. According to her bio on LinkedIn, she has “reported on topics from Brexit to air pollution to ADHD and written essays, quizzes and lists on topics from being a woman in physics to the heat death of the universe.”
The Imperial College London graduate’s most recent article is titled, “13 Weird Facts That Will Make You Say “Huh, Interesting.”
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