Late Night Open Thread: Fragile

A viral pop song that pokes fun at Beijing and its supporters has been banned in mainland China.

Fragile mocks so-called “little pinks” – a term which refers to young nationalists who rush to the defence of the Chinese government on the internet.

The lyrics contain words like “re-education camp”, “cotton”, “inseparable relationship”, taking a dig at sensitive issues ranging from Xinjiang to Taiwan sovereignty.

The video has gone viral in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore, despite the ban in mainland China.

The BBC talks to the song’s creator, Namewee.

The Chinese-Australian singer, Kimberley Chen, has also been banned, per Variety:

The latest furor follows the release of his “Fragile,” a Mandarin-language song featuring Australian Chinese singer Kimberley Chen. A catchy romantic tune that with lyrics about breaking a fragile heart, the song is full of symbols, idioms and metaphors that can also be seen as mocking and criticizing the “little pinks,” China’s volunteer army of angry digital warriors who have formed a core element in China’s cyber nationalism, and who are highly sensitive to any criticism of the country’s leader Xi Jinping…

Born in Muar, Johor, Malaysia in 1983, Namewee has a long track record as a controversial figure in his Muslim-majority home country. The rapper has been arrested and detained multiple times because his songs and music videos have been deemed insulting to other religions and races.

The latest music video is saturated with pink objects, decorations and costumes. It involves a dancing panda and stuffed toys in the shape of bats, tweaking Chinese sensitivities over the origin of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

After debuting on YouTube on Oct. 15, the video has garnered millions of views and has been trending in Chinese-speaking regions such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. As of Tuesday, the music video has accumulated more than 17.6 million views…

Maybe we could Kickstart a Trump-focused version, perhaps from a sympathetic Canadian?

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