Last week, China was gaga over Facebook chairman Mark Zuckerberg for gamely, if somewhat lamely, speaking Mandarin before an audience of Tsinghua University students:
"Zuckerberg's Mandarin" (10/23/14)
In the days following his sensational performance at Tsinghua, while not universally showered with adulation (and Facebook is still blocked in China), Zuckerberg was generally acclaimed for his gutsy, good-natured effort to speak to Chinese people in their own language.
In stark contrast, poor Tim Cook (Apple CEO) was mocked by the Chinese netizenry for his declaration in Bloomberg Businessweek: "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay…."
"Tim Cook Speaks Up" (10/30/14)
The resultant hullabaloo on the Chinese internet was instantaneous: