WARNING: This post contains vulgar curses in Chinese.
Ai Weiwei is never one to shy away from controversy, and his most recent short film (thanks to commenter Wahaha for the tip) is no exception. It’s called, “Grass Mud Horse, Motherland.” Grass Mud Horse shares similar pronunciation to the common and vulgar curse, “f*ck your mother.”
The film consists of several people standing in front of a whiteboard with “Grass Mud Horse, Motherland” written on it. Each person curses (variations on the theme of “f*ck your mother”), and then says “motherland” [祖国].
Some comments from the Anti-CNN post:
Actually, this is very good.
He [Ai Weiwei] has always annoyed me. What kind of artist and architect is he? He’s a hoodlum! Even his studio is called “f*ck”
I fear Ai Qing [Ai Weiwei’s father and famous Chinese poet] couldn’t anticipate this! Two different generations.
Ha ha! Very good, very strong! Very yellow, very violent!
Courtesy demands reciprocity, so I’ll return the favor here: Grass mud horse [i.e., f*ck your mother], Ai Weiwei. Grass mud horse, everyone who appears in the video.
Unsurprisingly, many commenters said they thought Ai Weiwei had some sort of mental problem. What do you think about it? Art, politics, or something else?