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很黄很暴力 (hěn huáng hěn bàolì): very erotic, very violent

This is part of a statement given by a young schoolgirl in December 2007. In a piece produced by CCTV’s flagship Xinwen Lianbo program on the easy availability of “unhealthy and vulgar internet content,” On the program, the young girl stated, “The last time that I got on the Internet to search for information, a web page popped up suddenly. It was very erotic and very violent. I hurried and closed the page.” (See YouTube video of broadcast, here.)

Netizens found the phrase humorous because they wondered how a webpage could be both violent and erotic (sadomasochistic web pages are extremely rare in China), and how such a website could appear unless the girl was looking for such content (which is unlikely given her age). Thus, people suspected that she had been fed her lines.

The term and its parodies became very popular on the internet. A search for the term in Chinese (in June 2010) produced nearly four million results.

The incident is similar to that involving Gao Ye who claimed that his friend had become very disturbed from viewing pornographic content on the web. Gao Ye was later outed as a CCTV intern.

For more on this phrase see here (English) and here (Chinese).

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