Fuck Mud Horse

*Vulgar attention-grabbing titles tm*

This post is a celebration of the grass mud horse, a Chinese internet phenomenon. My friend from Hong Kong first told me about it, and the other day it got reported in the New York Times, so is now famous in the west too.

It is a simple idea: a mythical creature which avoids internet censorship. In the government’s recent crackdown on 0nline profanity and subervsion etc, “vulgar” worlds got censored. But Chinese is uberrich in homophones, and folk soon got around the firewall by substituting for more innocuous words.

Thus Cao ni ma (Fuck your mum) became Cao ni ma (Grass mud horse)…. 

… and it got just a weeeeee bit out of control. Hence the psychadelic, all-singing, all-dancing celebration of all things grassmudhorseish and beyond… Yup, us humans do know how to go overboard 🙂 

Aside from this Superstar, the cast of characters include its homeland the Ma Le Desert (Ma Le Ge Bi…Your mum’s cunt), and the evil River Crabs (He Xie… harmony) who want to destroy it. 

Now perhaps you’re pulling a frown and thinking how infantile this is. But these colourful creatures have an impact beyond freudian fantasies. You see the government uses the excuse of harmony to censor anything which supposedly threatens society (i.e. saying things which shouldn’t be said, criticising those who shouldn’t be criticised). To be “harmonised” has become a euphemism for “has been edited/censored”… and since even the harmonious characters attract attention (or perhaps because it’s more entertaining this way), they  have been replaced with the increasingly ubiqutous river crabs.

So look out for them on Chinese cutting-edge online debate near you. 

English does of course attempt its hilarious political puns too “Hazel Blear was Brown-nosing again.” *groan* But our language isn’t quite so well designed for it…….


One Response to “Fuck Mud Horse”

  1. Nom d'un chien Says:

    This is how it happens in China, things are told indirectly, but they are told anyway. This is good to see that in China too, people are able to stand up for their rights.

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