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Grass Mud Horse

Decoding China's Internet, One Meme at a Time

Sophie Beach | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Sophie Beach

"Grass-mud horse" (cǎonímǎ 草泥马), which sounds nearly the same in Mandarin as an obscene curse, was originally coined to get around, and also poke fun at, government censorship. The idea caught fire instantly, completely transforming its symbolic meaning. Within weeks, the grass-mud horse became the de facto mascot of Chinese netizens fighting for free expression.

F*ck Your Mother Ship, F*ck Censorship

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Disgrasian

This is China we're talking about, so the video isn't just funny, punny wordplay. The grass-mud horse video has become a national symbol of resistance to authority and censorship.