While most of us didn’t immediately pick up on Psy’s meme-epic “Gangnam Style” video’s subversive political overtones, we’re really glad to see its transition into transparent activism. Right, Ai Weiwei?
Here’s the latest. Behold the very DIY video for Tibet, starring one giant eerie blow-up head of Xi Jinping — “the soon to be leader of the unfree world” and China’s overload over Tibet. Also, dancing monk children and protestors being dragged off by the police. The students behind the video want to send a message to Xi Jinping: “Resolve the Tibet crisis now or Tibet will soon become your biggest headache.”
Using the power of humor and theater, this video highlights the cruelty and absurdity of the Chinese government’s colonial policies in Tibet that have driven 63 Tibetans to set themselves on fire in protest of Chinese rule; 50 this year alone. It also depicts some of the creative protest tactics being used by Tibetans to challenge China’s occupation, including a 2011 boycott of Chinese vegetable vendors. This video will be banned in China and Tibet but Beijing’s censors cannot stop the truth from spreading: Xi Jinping, China’s 5th generation leader will be the last to rule Tibet. Above all, this video is a call to action to the world, urging individuals and governments to help the Tibetan people in their nonviolent struggle for freedom.