Ai Wei Wei, arguably China’s most famous artist, did something hilarious with an iPad 2. Watch the video after the jump.
In the video, Ai Wei Wei is singing The Grass Mud Horse or Cao Ní Ma (草泥马), a Chinese Internet meme that is widely used as a form of symbolic defiance of the widespread Internet censorship in China. The reason why he is doing this is that his supporters have sent him nearly 8.69 million yuan (£840,000) to help him fight a huge tax bill from the Beijing tax bureau that he says is government harassment. So, in order to show his appreciation for those who loaned him money by paying it directly to his account, folding cash into paper planes and throwing it over the walls of his home in Beijing, he sings an ode to the Cao Ní Ma. Just in case you’re still wondering about the meaning of the phrase, according to Shanghaiist, the term Cao Ní Ma means:
“The phrase is the homonym of a profanity you use to greet the mothers of people you don’t like.”
Watch the video below if you want to know more about the phrase, CNN explains it.
Basically, the phrase is actually a play on the Mandarin language words “fXXk your mother”.
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