BEIJING — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is the latest to go “Gangnam Style” — but in a trademark act of irreverence, he’s thrown in a pair of handcuffs and a poke at Chinese censors.
In a video posted on YouTube, Ai sports a neon-pink T-shirt, black jacket and dark sunglasses and energetically mimics rodeo-style dance moves made famous by South Korean rapper PSY, whose original video became an Internet sensation. In one scene, he swings two pairs of handcuffs while dancing.
Ai said on Thursday that he decided to make the video after learning that the family of his friend Zuoxiao Zuzhou, a famous rock star in China, was losing their home to a demolition crew. The artist said he thought a little humor could alleviate some of the frustration felt by the Chinese public.
The video is titled “Grass Mud Horse Style,” in Chinese, a sly insult Ai coined as a stab at the country’s Internet censors. The Chinese characters are homonyms for a vulgar slur.
Ai was detained without explanation for three months last year, apparently as punishment for his political activism.