Mattel apologizes to Chinese people
The Chinese people sell Mattel poisonous toys, and Mattel apologizes to *them*?
But, this is the deepest essence of socialism- make people say things obvioulsy false, obviously absurd, not simply to get ideological agreement and establish the appropriate “facts”, but to humiliate them and destroy their confidence in their own minds.
Mattel thought doing business insulated them from the nature of the regime, and especially buying, as in capitalist society the buyer is treated with deference and has great ability to set the terms of the relationship. Mattel thought they were above, and not below, the Communist officials they dealt with.
I really hope Mattel starts buying toys- all its toys- someplace else. My extremely cynical view of human nature tells me they will do even more business in China, and tell everybody how greatful they are to do so.