In modern times the traditional, stern images of Mao have been replaced by a kinder, more grandfatherly Mao. He's not the guy responsible for the deaths of 50 million people; no, he's the guy who loved to pet kittens and kiss babies. His Little Red Book is on sale everywhere in Beijing, in every language imaginable.
It's all part of the revisionist history that's being passed off as fact. There are still serious issues in China related to personal liberties and human rights.