The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

China dissident joins Gangnam Style posse


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei hopped onto the Gangnam Style bandwagon on Wednesday, posting his own parody of Psy's viral hit that remained at number two on Billboard's Hot 100 for a fifth week.

Ai, 55, banned from traveling abroad, joins the likes of hipsters, flash mobs, prison convicts, wedding parties and, on Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon in mimicking the South Korean rapper's signature pony dance.

He appears in a bright pink T-shirt and satin-lapel black jacket from which he pulls out, about a minute into the YouTube clip, a pair of handcuffs - an unmistakable symbol of Beijing's efforts to silence his outspoken views.

Last year Ai spent 81 days in detention amid a roundup of Chinese activists. He has also been prosecuted for tax evasion, a charge he denies, and remains under investigation for posting supposed "pornography" on the Internet.