For some reason people still haven’t learned to not post their nude photoshoots on Weibo.
The latest “artists” to make this mistake are an exhibitionist couple who recently paid a visit to the hipster capital of China, Dali. The picturesque and touristy city in Yunnan is infamously packed with western backpackers and Chinese hipsters, but apparently late at night the streets do empty out a bit.
Which allowed the man and women to strip down to nothing/nearly nothing and snap some nude and sexually suggestive pics in front of a bar, a youth hostel and even a middle school. Take a gander:
The pictures were uploaded to Weibo on Wednesday and quickly went viral. However, it seems that everyone online is an art critic these days:
“A couple of long-haired hippies take photos in the nude and we are supposed to call it art? I call it filth!” commented one Weibo user.
“Exposing yourself right in front of a middle school!? How shameful! This couple should be punished!” wrote another.
However, others argued that the couple hadn’t disturbed anyone by carrying out their photoshoot in the dark of night and even found some artistic merit in the pics:
“The human body is beautiful. Why should we call ourselves filth?” argued one netizen.
“If this happened in a western country, no one would raise an eyebrow. We should gain a deeper appreciation of art,’ echoed another.
Some web users still need some time to take it all in:
“I’m still undecided over whether these pictures have artistic value or not. Can somebody please send me high-definiton, unpixelated pics?” one netizen pleaded.
Overall though, the Chinese internet’s verdict is in — and they say vulgar. In a Sohu poll, only 16% of netizens said the pics were art while 57% said they were pornographic. Meanwhile 65% said the couple should be punished for the pics and only 25% said they should receive no punishment.
But ultimately, it isn’t the netizens’ critique that counts, but the local police. They made their judgment known on Weibo yesterday with a notice that the couple had been detained and will be kept in detention for 10 to 15 days in accordance with Chinese laws on spreading pornographic materials on the internet. They could also face a 500 to 3,000 yuan fine.
Police said that the couple have confessed to taking the photos and posting them online. The woman, surnamed Chen, is from Meishan, Sichaun province, while the man, surnamed Luo, is from Nanjian, Yunnan province.
Just last month, a photographer got into similar trouble after photos he took of a nude woman posing in front of a sacred lake in Tibet got posted on Weibo and went viral. Police quickly tracked down the photographer and punished him with 10 days detention.
Last year, pictures of a panty-less woman straddling the head of an ancient marble dragon inside the Forbidden City caused an even greater stir on Weibo. The photographer, Wang Dong, who goes by the moniker “WANIMAL” (NSFW), repeatedly insisted that the photoshoot was an act of pure artistic creation that did not affect anyone else.
[Images via Weibo]