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Ai Weiwei’s music video against the abuse of state power in China

ai weiwei shaving head music video dumbass ai weiwei music video police soldiers dumbass ai weiwei transvestite music video dumbassChinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s music video for his heavy metal single ‘Dumbass’ criticises the abuses of state power in China. The clip displays the environment of Weiwei’s isolated 81-day detention in 2011, for which the exact model of his cell was recreated. Besides constant surveillance and humiliation the watcher is being exposed to a number of surreal activities of Chinese daily prison life that include sex dolls, toilets full of crabs, Ai Weiwei’s appearance as a transsexual and a kid shaving all of the artists’ infamous facial hair.

While the music stands in the background, Ai Weiwei manages, yet another time, to use a music video as a successful format for an artistic and political call. He sings: ‘Stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker… tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life’s invincible’ (original voice: Chinese). The video was immediately blocked on the Chinese internet – along with the search term “Ai Weiwei”.


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