Word of the Week: Guard in Military Coat

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蝙蝠侠大战军大衣 (Biānfúxiá dàzhàn jūn dàyī): Batman vs. guard in military coat

After the “Dark Knight” actor Christian Bale attempted to visit activist Chen Guangcheng on December 15, 2011, one of the security guards who blocked and attacked Bale became a popular Internet meme in China. Since the guard was wearing a green military-style coat, Chinese netizens have named the incident “A Great Battle between Batman and the Guard in the Military Coat.”

Screenshot from the CNN video of Bale’s visit.