An Australian singer teamed up with a rapper to release a controversial song about China, but it was immediately banned.
Australian singer Kimberley Chen and Malaysian rapper Namewee have been stranded in China after releasing the satirical song “Fragile”.
The two Taiwan-based singers released the song on Friday and it quickly went viral before their accounts were blocked on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
The irony of banning a song that ridicules Beijing’s sensitivity to criticism has apparently been lost on authorities.
Supported by Beijing World time confirmed that the singers had been removed from Chinese social and streaming platforms and said they had “insulted the Chinese people”.
“The song (…) is considered to contain insults against the Chinese people under the surface of a romantic love song,” the Firebrand newspaper reported.
“Fragile” mocks President Xi Jinping, refers to alleged human rights violations against the ethnic Uyghur minority in Xinjiang, and talks about Covid-19 and censorship.
The clip is pink themed and begins with the warning “please be careful if you are fragile pink” – a reference to “Little Pink”.
The World time reported that the phrase refers to young people who are “driven by patriotic zeal and try to protect China from online criticism.”
The song also features a dancing panda figure in the background – sometimes seen with money.
The song also attacks Chinese leader Xi Jinping with the words: “It is illegal to cross the firewall, we will miss you if the bear cub finds out.”
The portly Winnie the Pooh character has become a way for people to make fun of the President.
One line mentions a love for “dogs, cats, bats and civets” which apparently alludes to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Another clip shows the panda cooking a pot of bat soup.
The singers referred to “Xinjiang Forced Labor and Detention Camps,” which China denied.
The World time reports that Wee Meng Chee, known as Namewee, was banned from Sina Weibo in August after making “sarcastic comments” about the Chinese Communist Party.
Kimberley Chen, whose parents immigrated to Australia from Malaysia, sang the national anthem in the AFL Grand Final in 2007.
The World time wrote that she had been “exposed as having supported secessionist activity” and reported that her Weibo account was blocked after the release of “Fragile”.
The two singers have had their musical works removed from various Chinese streaming platforms such as Tencent Video and QQ Music. The song is available on YouTube.
Kimberley responded to the bans on Instagram and Facebook: “I’m sorry I hurt you. It’s good to remove Weibo, ”she sang, parodying the song’s lyrics.
“Oh, I hear a sound. The fragile self-esteem has shattered into pieces. It’s okay, I still have IG and (Facebook).
The song was number one on YouTube in Taiwan and has been viewed over a million per day.
Beijing is not shy with the ban button.
Chinese star Zhang Zhehan was blacklisted in China after photos were posted of him visiting the controversial Yasukuni and Nogi shrines in Tokyo.
Music platforms, including QQ Music and NetEase Music, have deleted all of his music and deleted his personal profile.
Beijing also banned “effeminate” behavior and actors with “incorrect policies” from television in September.
China has also become increasingly vehement in responding to criticism and any reference to Taiwan on the international stage.
In April, Beijing criticized NASA for the “unforgivable” crime of listing Taiwan as a separate country on the website’s menu.
China has also asked fashion giant H&M to change a “problematic” map on its website.
The fashion retailer was asked to study various Chinese laws, “to strengthen its knowledge of the national territory and to actually ensure the standardized use of the Chinese card.”
The Swedish fashion retailer then agreed to change the card.
The tiny country of Lithuania was slammed by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in August for allowing the Taiwanese authorities to open a “representative office” under the name “Taiwan” instead of “Taipei” .