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我能说脏话吗? (wǒ néng shuō zāng huà ma?) Can I swear?

During a Jiaxing Television Station program in which ordinary citizens were approached and asked to share their opinions on current events, a television reporter asked a passerby about the rapid rise in fuel prices. The passerby asked, “Can I curse? If not, I have nothing more to say.”

The clip was aired the day it was filmed, and immediately went viral online, with netizens referring to the interviewee as Angry Brother (愤怒哥). His statement became popular in part because it is an acknowledgement that despite the existence of television programs such as this one, there is limited space for public discussion on sensitive issues in China.

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