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草泥马 (cǎonímǎ): Grass-mud horse
 
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[[File:gmh1.jpg|600px|thumb|left|''While originally conceived as a zebra, the grass-mud horse is now depicted as an alpaca.'']]
  
 
The term grass-mud horse, which sounds nearly the same in Chinese as “f*** your mother” (cào nǐ mā), was originally created as a way to get around, and also poke fun at, government censorship of vulgar content. After netizens created an online video depicting the grass-mud horse at war with and eventually defeating the [[river crab]] (河蟹 héxiè), a homonym for the propaganda catchword "harmony" (和谐 héxié), the idea caught fire and the video became a viral hit. Netizens continually expanded the lore of the grass-mud horse by creating [http://www.youtube.com/index?ytsession=zm-9V9QOto3Qs-zl8JhwkqPj-crdBEfQvL0nV-1ehucx5j_oRBVc0XBTXvLdWH2qOogkB3yzoSyKkXiwVhzm9qR6L-M3A0K3XPsgcDlC8FwqXSS5_9a5AwhPBF-Pqf0rhVZsYFYBSgA6YrFcG-kVDcv-MBiigwWkOA9EMg9aQ28hyLaAkAT14wZsw9eKr26G0QpFN9Y8KBlWi1Utx6Uo1Qx3Z24bAN9xtS4cMhCkVxU9EYFdmoX19azHEMa2-eR-Qe_DMcRtShlXvxxUATNRUo4cZ_8dj9SV0sfzJMxl2y_Bj5oPOQfIxI8ngIv4buQhZ3054X8lL28Mf_4egjJf_NeMG-BpFvJDShS3tZs4MRYUgfebmmFe5zkFy0sDydM8urJSeRFtp2Yz4uetkDCvFq_1r2ttw1aihMDrT_0mqKYN0Pol50KbHXyxqwdypKXT catchy songs] and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOqeq-p5dYE&feature=related fake nature documentaries] on YouTube and other video sharing sites.
 
The term grass-mud horse, which sounds nearly the same in Chinese as “f*** your mother” (cào nǐ mā), was originally created as a way to get around, and also poke fun at, government censorship of vulgar content. After netizens created an online video depicting the grass-mud horse at war with and eventually defeating the [[river crab]] (河蟹 héxiè), a homonym for the propaganda catchword "harmony" (和谐 héxié), the idea caught fire and the video became a viral hit. Netizens continually expanded the lore of the grass-mud horse by creating [http://www.youtube.com/index?ytsession=zm-9V9QOto3Qs-zl8JhwkqPj-crdBEfQvL0nV-1ehucx5j_oRBVc0XBTXvLdWH2qOogkB3yzoSyKkXiwVhzm9qR6L-M3A0K3XPsgcDlC8FwqXSS5_9a5AwhPBF-Pqf0rhVZsYFYBSgA6YrFcG-kVDcv-MBiigwWkOA9EMg9aQ28hyLaAkAT14wZsw9eKr26G0QpFN9Y8KBlWi1Utx6Uo1Qx3Z24bAN9xtS4cMhCkVxU9EYFdmoX19azHEMa2-eR-Qe_DMcRtShlXvxxUATNRUo4cZ_8dj9SV0sfzJMxl2y_Bj5oPOQfIxI8ngIv4buQhZ3054X8lL28Mf_4egjJf_NeMG-BpFvJDShS3tZs4MRYUgfebmmFe5zkFy0sDydM8urJSeRFtp2Yz4uetkDCvFq_1r2ttw1aihMDrT_0mqKYN0Pol50KbHXyxqwdypKXT catchy songs] and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOqeq-p5dYE&feature=related fake nature documentaries] on YouTube and other video sharing sites.
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For more on the grass-mud horse, see [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/grass-mud-horse/page/2/ China Digital Times].
 
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[[File:gmh1.jpg|600px|thumb|center|''While originally conceived as a zebra, the grass-mud horse is now depicted as an alpaca.'']]
 
  
 
[[File:gmh2.jpg|400px|thumb|center|''The grass-mud horse, originally just a thinly veiled profanity, has become a potent political symbol. Here a grass-mud horse is shown in place of "tank man," who stood before the tanks as they rolled into Tiananmen Square.'']]
 
[[File:gmh2.jpg|400px|thumb|center|''The grass-mud horse, originally just a thinly veiled profanity, has become a potent political symbol. Here a grass-mud horse is shown in place of "tank man," who stood before the tanks as they rolled into Tiananmen Square.'']]

Revision as of 22:55, 4 March 2012

草泥马 (cǎonímǎ): Grass-mud horse

While originally conceived as a zebra, the grass-mud horse is now depicted as an alpaca.

The term grass-mud horse, which sounds nearly the same in Chinese as “f*** your mother” (cào nǐ mā), was originally created as a way to get around, and also poke fun at, government censorship of vulgar content. After netizens created an online video depicting the grass-mud horse at war with and eventually defeating the river crab (河蟹 héxiè), a homonym for the propaganda catchword "harmony" (和谐 héxié), the idea caught fire and the video became a viral hit. Netizens continually expanded the lore of the grass-mud horse by creating catchy songs and fake nature documentaries on YouTube and other video sharing sites.

The phrase is especially meaningful on a political level because the Communist Party is often described as "the mother" of the people--thus the phrase, "f*** your mother" can also suggest "f** the Party." The grass-mud horse is one of many mythical creatures created by netizens in response to increasingly strict censorship measures.

The term has since developed an additional meaning: a “grass-mud horse” is someone who is web-savvy and critical of government attempts at censorship. As one Chinese blogger explained, "'Grass-Mud Horse' represents information and opinions that cannot be accepted by the mainstream discourse, and 'The Song of the Grass Mud Horse' has become a metaphor of the power struggle over Internet expression."

For more on the grass-mud horse, see China Digital Times.

The grass-mud horse, originally just a thinly veiled profanity, has become a potent political symbol. Here a grass-mud horse is shown in place of "tank man," who stood before the tanks as they rolled into Tiananmen Square.
Paying respects to a snow grass-mud horse.
Made up character combining components of the characters, grass, mud and horse
Grass-mud horse army