Thursday, 25 October 2012

Ai Rankles the Censors (Yet Again)

Ai Weiwei and his posse doing the Gangnam Style dance
Now that I think about it, why didn't Ai Weiwei think of it first?

The other day I blogged about K-Pop star Psy and his Gangnam Style dance that has everyone -- even the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon learning a few moves.

And then today I saw Ai's version of the video and calls it "Caonima" (草泥馬), which literally means "grass mud horse", but is really a crude insult, where you can find it explained here.

The 55-year-old Ai looks a bit weighty in the video and canvassed his staff to take part in the video of them prancing around in his courtyard.

"We only filmed for a bit over 10 minutes but we used a whole day to edit, and eventually put it online at midnight [Wednesday]," Ai told Reuters.

"After we had uploaded it, a few hours later... we found that a lot of people, tens of thousands, had already watched it. Now, in China, it has already been totally removed, deleted entirely, and you can't see it in China," Ai said.

He felt this was unfair, saying this was a grass-roots expression of individualism that should be allowed on the mainland.

"Overall, we feel that every person has the right to express themselves, and this right of expression is fundamentally linked to our happiness and even our existence," Ai said.

"When a society constantly demands that everyone should abandon this right, then the society becomes a society without creativity. It can never become a happy society."

The video itself is not quite worth watching for 4 minutes and 15 seconds, but it's amusing enough to see Ai doing the quasi-Gangnam Style dance.

Maybe Psy should go over there to give him proper lessons.

In the meantime, should we be surprised the Chinese government is not amused, particularly now in the countdown to the 18th National People's Congress?


  1. Just goes to show you how empty and hollow the CCP is, that they are so terrorfied of a simple silly video dance routine. SK

  2. Which is why Ai Weiwei is slowly chipping away at it hoping it will eventually come crashing down...