China real estate tycoon criticized for joking about loss of Steve Jobs

| October 7th, 2011

From Yahoo:

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The passing of Steve Jobs has been shocking to the Chinese public and posts of mourning for the late great American visionary overwhelm the internet, especially on Weibo.com. Pan Shiyi (潘石屹), Chairman of SOHO China, the largest real estate developer in Beijing also posted an entry on his own Weibo page about the death of Steve Jobs, but jokingly:

‘苹果’董事会应该马上做一决定:大量生产1000元人民币以下一部的iPhone手机和iPad,让更多(人)用上‘苹果’,这是对乔布斯最好的纪念。

The Apple board should make a decision: mass-producing iPhones and iPads that sell under 1,000 RMB (around 156 USD) , let more people use Apple products. That’s the best way to commemorate Jobs.

Soon this post sparked a controversy on the Internet when one netizen replied to Pan’s entry :

“潘总哪天要也去世了,也请贵公司推出1000元一平米的房子吧,十几亿人民都会纪念您。”

"One day Chairman Pan will pass away, please ask your company to release houses that sell at 1,000 yuan per m². 1.3 billions of people will commemorate your  too."

Netizen commments:

网友“Souyoo”:

这样的时刻潘总要有奉献精神啊。
"At this point, chairman Pan should show some spirit of contribution."

网友“普罗旺斯有多远”:

潘总说话要算数,中国人民相信你!你能行。
"Chairman Pan should be a man of his word. Chinese people believe in you, you can do it!"

网友“青医生的微博”:

潘总保重身体,己所不欲勿施于人。
"Chairman Pan, take good care. As the Confucius said, ‘’do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.’”

网友“黄总就是龙小花”:

对逝去的人无需如此调侃。
"You should not make a joke at the deceased."

网友“牛儿爷”:

潘总不死,老百姓也会记住他,因为他是房地产商。
"Even chairman Pan is still alive, people will honor his memory, because he’s a real estate agent."

网友“一直奋斗的番茄花”:

搬石头砸了自己的脚。
"Harm set , harm get."

网友“飞花逐月”:

我觉得网友不该过于攻击潘石屹,他说的话并没啥过分的,网友很容 易“群殴”一个人,这也是语言暴力啊。

"I think the netizens should not attack Pan Shiyi. There’s nothing wrong in what he said. Netizens so easily attack people online. That’s a kind of language violence."

网友“洞门黄氏V”:

苹果董事会都不会同意 ,中国人的钱太好赚了.

"The Apple board will not agree. Chinese people’s money is too easy to get."

Pan’s response: I’m also fan of Jobs

Pan has deleted the related Weibo entry right after seeing what it has caused. He later explained "I do understand people love and grieve over the loss of Steve Jobs. And I also understand people are not satisfied with the current expensive housing price. I wrote down the entry based on the idea that one’s value is measured by how much he has contributed to the society and how many people can receive his service. I’m also a fan of Apple products, and Jobs. I feel the same grief as everyone does on his death. We have lost a great innovative leader. "

However, his explanation doesn’t soothe the anger. Netizen "一推推一" confronted him, "I would like to ask Chairman Pan, between you and Jobs, who has done more to society? And whose service the public has received more from? As far as I know, iPhone is quite common now, but I just wonder when will your houses finally become a common thing to have?"

20 Comments | Leave a comment | Comment feed

  1. Peter says:

    I support his act, The best contribution to society is everyone can enjoy this great product.

  2. Voice of China says:

    I think that most people are mislooking the fact that above all else, Steve Jobs has always been a corporate tycoon.

    If you think about what he has achieved, he hasn’t constructively contributed to society at all other than provide an entertainment devices readily available to the developed world.

    In contrast, Bill Gates has made a hundred times more for the world than Steve Jobs. He has made software which has enhanced society, accelerated economic growth and which is a backbone for IT development.

    Steve is no better than the guy that made Nintendo or Sega. Talk about people being sheep. Good riddance jobs is dead. I can’t wait to see Apple deteriorate.

    • voice of chinka says:

      YA Bill Gates got Rich Copyin Steve Jobs. Hows that foreign Passport? Hater. Kill yourself. If Steve Job was Chnese you would be swingin from his sack. You like Bill gates cuz well He copies shit.

      • Voice of China says:

        I also like Bill Clinton because he was charismatic and white and Michael Jackson for his amazing music and dance.

        How is this anything to do with my bias as a Chinese person? Or are you just looking for something to say LOL!

    • nonamemon says:

      Yeah Jobs did a job on the dumb Chinese in China, didn’t he?

      Now why cannot the Chinese come up with these kinds of knock offs as their own?

      All they have to do is put a few things together and sell it as new.

      How about a new cellphone with TV remote and car starter?

    • Mark says:

      Translates to: He was not a Chinese national.

    • Huzhang says:

      Now, there’s nothing wrong with Nintendo or Sega

  3. Huzhang says:

    Macfag status: fucking told

  4. Augis says:

    So what?
    Just an hour ago I read a funny post on Onion titled “Last American Who Knew What The Fuck he Was Doing Dies”… (it was about Steve Jobs, of course)
    Sense of humor is a good thing even in grieve circumstances.

  5. div says:

    Jobs repackaged existing technology, restricted its uses and functions, slapped an apple on it and sold it at outrageous prices to sheep. Cult of personality.

    • nonamemon says:

      What?

      Jobs invented the computer and music storage box.

      And he invented the cellphone with a camera built into it, right?

      What about the touch screen, was he not the first to innovate these technologies?

      If NOT, than Jobs is just like another Chinese fake knock off producer but the high end kind.

      So Pan is right to say what he said.

      Make it cheaper, Apple.

      Let some low class people afford your knock offs too.

      • Lance says:

        @nonamemon you need to get some extra history class.

        Jobs dont invented the computer.

        And iPhone wasnt the first phone with camera.

        Touch screen too has long available before iDevices.

        Don’t compare Jobs to those chinese, you can see for yourself what Jobs had achieve.

        Personally I’m happy with current price Apple sells their iDevices, quality is the priority.

  6. Shouryuken says:

    Where my dog korean guy at? It ain’t the same without my funny monkey.

    Hollow back bitch!

  7. nonamemon says:

    Pan is right, all the Apple products are over priced and NOT many people can afford them.

    And Jobs has done a job on us all.

    This thing about Jobs as a great Amerikan “innovative leader” is all Amerikan bullshit for Chinese monkeys to worship.

    Only a little over 20mn iPhones and iPads are sold world wide, and China morons buys the most of them, that shows how dumb Chinese are to the US Hi tech propaganda war.

    If it weren’t for China, Apple and Jobs would have been just a small time knock off kingpin.

    • Who is this goose? says:

      You are a fucking goose nonamemon.

      108 million iphones had been sold alone upto March 2011, that is not including ipods you idiot.

      So not only are you defunct at history you spew shit from your mouth and keyboard in an attempt to show you have a brain. EPIC FAIL!

  8. Mark says:

    “”In Wuhan, the birthplace of the 1911 uprising, police were directed to reinforce their patrols between Aug. 27 and Oct. 10. Apart from the several thousand officers conducting patrols each day, 100 paramilitary police and 200 special police armed with submachine guns have been assigned to street duty. A quarter of a million surveillance cameras watch every corner 24 hours a day — all in the name of “creating a peaceful environment for the centennial.” “”

  9. Curren$y says:

    Fuck Steve jobs I want blow jobs

  10. balanced says:

    Apple is aiming at the premium market not the mass market. Apple wants end to end control from hardware, software to design. If you want to buy something cheap and nasty. Go for Nokia…

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