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The Grass-Mud Horse fights the River Crab in the Ma Le Ge Bi desert

By circletimessquare in Internet
Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 10:56:35 PM EST
Tags: censorship, china, humor (all tags)

Some Chinese citizens are fighting censorship with subversive humor. To any native Mandarin speaker, the video of the grass-mud horse is at first shocking, then hilarious, and has been viewed over 1.4 million times in 2 months. With disneyfied children's chorus, the video tells of the grass-mud horse's triumph over the invading river crab as it encroaches on its habitat, the Ma Le Ge Bi desert.

There is no such horse, nor such desert.


The video in fact is exceedingly lame, as it is just looped images of alpacas. It is the children's chorus that matters: both the horse and the desert sound like vile obscenities in Mandarin. Follow-up videos have been posted, such as this cartoon whose imagery is also subversively vaguely reminescent of genitalia and sex acts.

The whole point is, the Chinese government has recently implemented a major crack down on Internet pornography, and used the crack down as a cover to purge political dissent as well, such as Charter 08, appealing for democracy in China.

The Chinese authorities refer to such censorship in doublespeak as 'harmonization.' So now, if something is censored on the web, Chinese citizens cynically refer to the material or its author as being 'harmonized.' And guess what? 'River crab' sounds like 'harmonize.'

So the video is clearly referring to the triumph of smut, and political dissent, over censorship. The New York Times qoutes Xiao Qiang, a professor of journalism: 'The expression and cartoon videos may seem like a juvenile response to an unreasonable rule... But the fact that the vast online population has joined the chorus, from serious scholars to usually politically apathetic urban white-collar workers, shows how strongly this expression resonates.'

The subversion continues to grow: buy your own copulating plush grass-mud horses.

A prominent intellectual calls herself a grass-mud horse. Which is delectably humorous, and shows the serious steel in this Chinese online revolt:

As for "Grass Mud Horse", I applaud the one who invented such a pun. Its underlining tone is: I know you do not allow me to say certain things. See, I am completely cooperative, right? Of course I think it inappropriate to utter these obscene words. I need not to demean myself below some level because of you. Even if you force me to say those words, I won't comply. I want to keep my decency and dignity. Even if you retreat to a barbarian level, I am going to keep my identity as a civilized person. You gonna tell me I can't do that? So, I say "Grass Mud Horse", not fxxx your mom. What is "Grass Mud Horse"? It always works hard in harsh conditions. See, it is from the vast grassland. I like it. I love it. This whole thing is too far away from you, out of your jurisdiction. Oh well, why are you always staring at me? Am I not perfectly fine? I am innocent. I have not been snatched away by some crooked folks. I have not been put under their control. And I am not vulgar. Why do you have to worry so much about me?

I am singing a cute children's song - I AM A GRASS MUD HORSE! Even though it is heard by the entire world, you can't say I've broken the law.


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The Grass-Mud Horse fights the River Crab in the Ma Le Ge Bi desert | 35 comments (31 topical, 4 editorial, 0 hidden)
cao ni ma de, CTS (1.66 / 3) (#1)
by N0574 on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 10:31:37 AM EST

I trogged about river crabs and grass mud horses ages ago and discovered zero interest. USians are incapable of caring about foreign languages, and are comparatively more ignorant of current Asian affairs. Thx for the links though.

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could you do me a favor? (1.00 / 2) (#2)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 10:39:54 AM EST

is it mandarin or cantonese? i thought it was mandarin

also: could you translate the two offensive phrases? the horse and the desert?


The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

it's in mandarin (2.57 / 7) (#4)
by N0574 on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 10:58:38 AM EST

cao ni ma de (fuck your mother) + Gobi [desert](in her vagina).


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[ Parent ]
thanks! ;-) (1.50 / 2) (#6)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:09:39 AM EST



The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
never one to let your research (2.25 / 4) (#23)
by balsamic vinigga on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 09:00:00 PM EST

actually precede writing an article.

diu le lo mo

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[ Parent ]

First phrase my Cantonese-speaking friends... (2.00 / 3) (#31)
by BJH on Sat Mar 14, 2009 at 09:25:37 PM EST

...taught me: Diu lei lo mo chow hai

Pretty much universal, I think: you always learn the things you're not allowed to say first.
--
Roses are red, violets are blue.
I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.
-- Oscar Levant

[ Parent ]

Your write up was too highbrow (1.00 / 2) (#26)
by it certainly is on Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 10:05:12 AM EST

and wasn't just cribbed off the front page of Slashdot. Therefore, -1

kur0shin.org -- it certainly is

Godwin's law [...] is impossible to violate except with an infinitely long thread that doesn't mention nazis.
[ Parent ]

This seems stupid! I'll vote it up! (1.60 / 5) (#3)
by Hiphopopotamus on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 10:47:11 AM EST


_________________

I'm In LOVE!

also, for reference (2.25 / 4) (#5)
by N0574 on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:00:56 AM EST

This meme digest.

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merci! (none / 1) (#7)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:29:35 AM EST



The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
+1, not specifically about k5 or michael crawford (1.33 / 3) (#8)
by The Hanged Man on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:48:09 AM EST


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Dificile est saturam non scribere - Juvenal
I must have missed this in edit.. (1.33 / 3) (#9)
by undermyne on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:59:23 AM EST

OH WAIT, IT WAS NEVAR THERE. Fuckyouverymuch. -1

"You're an asshole. You are the greatest troll on this site." Some nullo

cao ni ma de (1.50 / 2) (#10)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 12:12:31 PM EST



The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
Is that... (none / 1) (#11)
by undermyne on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 12:42:07 PM EST

phlipino for "I have a small cock"?

"You're an asshole. You are the greatest troll on this site." Some nullo

[ Parent ]
yes (none / 1) (#14)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 01:18:56 PM EST

(what else can you say to a low iq retard who thinks that in their purposeful ignorance of other cultures is found humor?)


The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
Is this the Chinese answer to calling oneself (1.33 / 3) (#12)
by Enlarged to Show Texture on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 01:01:30 PM EST

Jesus Christ?


"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." -- Isaac Asimov
+1 fp gook on gook violence means less gooks (1.00 / 4) (#13)
by totmacher on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 01:02:36 PM EST



-- I'll sum it up for yo: You = Douche bag ~ Butthurtapotamus
"totmacher" (none / 1) (#15)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 01:21:29 PM EST

the moniker screams internet tough guy overcompensation

"oh look, i make fun of asians, i'm funny and cool. yuk yuk yuk"


The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

shuddap gook lover (none / 1) (#18)
by totmacher on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 06:00:11 PM EST



-- I'll sum it up for yo: You = Douche bag ~ Butthurtapotamus
[ Parent ]
as expected (none / 1) (#21)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 07:43:13 PM EST

internet tough guy, you've totally defeated me. how i hang my head low before the stench of your genius manliness

fucking retard


The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

yeah bitch, what now (none / 1) (#22)
by totmacher on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 08:30:53 PM EST



-- I'll sum it up for yo: You = Douche bag ~ Butthurtapotamus
[ Parent ]
This explains perfectly why (2.25 / 4) (#29)
by Enlarged to Show Texture on Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 07:49:27 PM EST

Egil calls him "tootmaker"


"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." -- Isaac Asimov
[ Parent ]
I'll still vote this to section, but (1.66 / 3) (#16)
by kalokagathos on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 03:08:07 PM EST

You never tell us what the "Grass-Mud Horse" pun actually is, which makes the writeup largely nonsensical. Posting a link to a YouTube video in Mandarin doesn't help either. I found the meme digest linked above by N0574 more useful and funny than the article itself.

Anyway, this isn't the Boston Tea Party or the storming of the Bastille. It's a curiosity, worth a brief glance. I don't think a viral video is going to get net neutrality legislation promulgated in China for the forseeable future.

mahatma gandhi: (none / 1) (#17)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 03:30:19 PM EST

"first they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they attack you,
then you win."


The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
Isreal? (none / 1) (#19)
by hugin on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 07:16:53 PM EST


This is a clip that shows the Phantom makeup being applied to Michael Crawford as well as other behind-the-scenes footage as he prepares to perform on the Bob Hope Show. A must-have for any Crawford fan. Enjoy!
[ Parent ]

izrael (none / 1) (#20)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 07:41:54 PM EST



The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
and in your case it works backwards (2.66 / 9) (#27)
by loteck on Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 04:53:24 PM EST

first you lose,
then they attack you,
then they laugh at you,
then they ignore you.
--
"You're in tune to the musical sound of loteck hi-fi, the musical sound that moves right round. Keep on moving ya'll." -Mylakovich
"WHAT AN ETERNAL MOBIUS STRIP OF FELLATIATIC BANALITY THIS IS." -Harry B Otch

[ Parent ]
first video has been removed :( (1.00 / 2) (#24)
by N0574 on Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 07:24:10 AM EST

damn.

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censorship? outside china?! (none / 1) (#25)
by circletimessquare on Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 09:50:27 AM EST



The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
Don't worry. (1.50 / 2) (#30)
by BJH on Sat Mar 14, 2009 at 07:52:20 PM EST

There's plenty more where that came from.

God damn, when you hear those kids singing... fucking hilarious.
--
Roses are red, violets are blue.
I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.
-- Oscar Levant

[ Parent ]

It reminds me of the Daily Show (none / 1) (#36)
by luckbeaweirdo on Tue Mar 17, 2009 at 07:43:38 PM EST

The only way we can get decent journalism or real criticism of the status quo is to employ humor, just like our Chinese brethren.

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