A song satirizing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its trolls has aroused the fury of the regime, which ended up banning it from Chinese social networks, but could not prevent it from exploding views on YouTube reaching almost 10 million just six days after its release.
According to Taiwan News, Malaysian rapper Wee Meng Chee, better known as Namewee, and Australian singer Kimberley Chen, who lives in Taiwan, sing a duet in Mandarin Chinese called “Fragile.”
The controversial song, which is becoming number one on YouTube in Taiwan and Hong Kong, mocks Chinese nationalist netizens (CCP trolls), whom Namewee described as “pinko” because they are easily offended and spam Chinese propaganda on social media obsessively.
The music video for Fragile, which the rapper described as a “sweet romantic love song full of pink,” features Namwee and Chen in pink outfits and heart-shaped glasses.
While not mentioning anything directly, both singers who live in Taiwan make all sorts of allegorical references to various issues in China, including educational camps in Xinjiang, the expression “chopping leeks,” which is slang for financial exploitation of middle-class Chinese by CCP-connected super-rich.
In addition, the song mentions “Pooh,” referring to CCP leader Xi Jinping, who has been physically compared to Winnie Pooh, a fact that led to a total ban of the character in China.
And they mention a love for “dogs, cats, bats and civets” in an apparent allusion to the Covid-19 pandemic (CCP virus).
The controversial Malaysian singer-songwriter, who has also been accused by the Chinese regime of advocating independence for Hong Kong and Taiwan, but as told by Variety, the rapper denied this, saying:
“I have never said anything [about Hong Kong and Taiwan independence]. If you don’t believe me, you can do a search. Regarding this question, you should ask the people of Hong Kong and Taiwan what they think. My nationality is Malaysian. I cannot speak on their behalf.”
“But I will definitely stand with freedom and democracy. The human rights that we were born with are universal values, and that is what [I am] after as a Malaysian. This is why people take to the street to protest over and over again,” Namwee reportedly said.
The 38-year-old rapper, born in Muar, Johor, Malaysia in 1983, claimed that he has nothing against the Chinese people, and that he is demanding respect for many of his friends in China.
He also declared himself a lover of Chinese culture which he enjoyed on trips he made to the country as a backpacker.
Sun You-lien, a Taiwanese labor leader originally from Malaysia, said, “Many people are willing to give up [creative freedom] to maintain the Chinese market and avoid offending people in a system they know is unfair.”
But he added that Namewee and Chen’s song, “says very clearly that [China’s] world is not my world … and it’s conveying that message to more people that pop artists can play their part [in resisting China].”