If there’s one thing that gets our blood boiling, it’s protest songs. And while we’ve usually got American folk music in mind, we can appreciate the fineries of the cutesier, punnier Chinese netizen versions too. In our favorite veiled resistance video since the days of the grass mud horse ballads, “My brother’s at the bare bottom” has all the workings of a great angry netizen meme: you’ve got an infectious pop ballad with incomprehensible amounts of T-Pain-esque autotune, clever puns on Google and China’s censorial administration, and of course, the harmonizing “river crabs.”
Here’s what China Digital Times had to say about it:
The Orwellian control efforts of Chinese Internet censors have not only generated an attention-getting pushback from Google, but on the heavily policed Chinese Internet, there are plenty of signs for resistance as well. The following music video parody shows that coded resistance from Chinese netizens is alive and well. In this bitter winter of the Chinese Internet, even the most self-censored Chinese search engine Baidu still can find over 29,000 copies of this song, including on one of the nation’s largest news and game portals, Netease. If you search the title of the song on Google? Over 830,000 webpages show up.
CDT also has a translated transcript of the song, which you can find by clicking here.