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article imageVideo: Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei dances ‘Gangnam Style’

By Anne Sewell     Oct 26, 2012 in Odd News
Beijing - Just when you thought the "Gangnam Style" spoofs were coming to an end, Chinese dissident, Ai Weiwei decided to get in on the action.
Digital Journal recently published an article about UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon getting dancing lessons from Psy, the originator of Gangnam Style.
Not to be left out, Ai Weiwei decided to get in on the action too and has released his own cover version of the South Korean rapper's viral video.
In a four-minute video posted on YouTube, the 55-year-old Chinese artist makes the moves in the famous "horse-riding" dance. He also takes a pair of handcuffs from his pocket and waves them over his head, most likely to remind his fans of his time spent in detention and send a message to the Chinese government.
Ai was detained without charge last year and held in solitary confinement for around 3 months during a Chinese government crackdown on dissidents. The government accused him of owing back taxes and of late payments. However, Ai later paid a bond using funds raised by his fans and supporters.
On top of this, the authorities apparently closed the firm which was handling the affairs of the dissident artist, thereby probably saving him from paying the remainder of his $2.4 million tax fine. A pretty good reason to dance.
The bad news? Apparently the YouTube video has been banned in China.
“Now, in China, it has already been totally removed, deleted entirely, and you can’t see it in China,” Ai said on Thursday. “We only filmed for a bit over 10 minutes, but we used a whole day to edit,” he added.
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