Trudeau mocked on Twitter for calling Fidel Castro only 'controversial figure'
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a conference at magna classroom of University of Havana in Havana, Cuba, 16 November 2016. Trudeau is on a two-day official visit to Cuba, where he will hold talks with Cuban President Raul Castro and will offer a conference at the university of the capital. EPA/Enrique de la Osa / POOL
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, November 26, 2016 7:38PM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 28, 2016 8:14AM EST
TORONTO -- Social media users were quick to mock Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his statement Saturday expressing "deep sorrow" about the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro.
Trudeau acknowledged the late president was a "controversial figure," but remembered him as "a legendary revolutionary and orator" who "made significant improvements to the education and health care of his island nation."
People from around the world took to Twitter under the hashtag ".TrudeauEulogies" with similar eulogies, in the style of Trudeau's, for various villains, both historical and fictional.
@MW--Johnson1 tweeted: "While a controversial figure, John Wilkes Booth will be remembered as a lover of the theatre."
And from Mumbai, India, @AjitGJoshi tweeted: "Voldermort ruled the wizard world and guided the death eaters to their Nirvana. He had a way with children and elves."
Others tweeted eulogies for Josef Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Jack the Ripper, King Kong, and Dracula as .TrudeauEulogies trended high in Canada on Saturday evening.
Trudeau's statement on the death of Castro also drew criticism in a more serious form on Saturday, including from Conservative leadership hopeful Lisa Raitt who said that Trudeau should be ashamed of himself.
Benedict Arnold was a diplomat & military tactician who helped shaped the North American continent, we remember him fondly. #trudeaueulogies— Cal Wells (@CalWells) November 27, 2016
Today we bid adieu to Emperor Nero, famed musician and urban renewal advocate #trudeaueulogies— The Rev. J. Walker (@jwalkerbryson) November 27, 2016
Today we remember Jesse James, his love of trains, and his excellent marksmanship. #TrudeauEulogies— divadoll123 (@divadoll123) November 26, 2016