I think this is awesome.
China's repressive government has been cracking down on the Internet for a long time. The population there is said to overwhelmingly approve of having Big Brother monitoring and filtering their access, according to public polls. But now it's becoming clear that this is not a universal opinion, if the polls are being answered accurately at all.
A song in an Internet video is distributing a rude, subversive message. The song is about the "grass mud horse" which is a pun, phonetically similar to the phrase "fuck your mom." Ahhh, language! More details (and the YouTube video) here. Because "grass mud horse" is not, itself, restricted, it's difficult to justify restricting it; it tweaks the nose of the censors.
I love to see the subversion of draconian restrictions on free speech. I believe that such restrictions are bound to fail, or must be enforced with increasing threat of violence, because those with subversion in their souls will find a way to get a message out.
And when people start humming and singing your message, you know you've found a population of like-minded people who are not as fond of censorship as the polls would have us believe. (There's a story about this in today's NYT as well.)
In our country, we can laugh at this because we've got freedom of speech. Well, mostly. If you have never seen it, I recommend the film This Film Is Not Yet Rated. It's a documentary on how the secretive, prudish and agenda-driven MPAA effectively censors your entertainment. Looks like the entire documentary can be found here. How does a rating become censorship? Who thinks they know better than you what you should see? If you want to know, then the 90 minute documentary is worth your time. Just so you know, the documentary contains some examples of so-called objectionable scenes. But I bet you'll be surprised when you compare some of what is acceptable vs. what is objectionable.Posted by James at March 12, 2009 8:15 AM