Sexy chicks on the train: Spring Festival Rush themed photos in FHM offend many Chinese
Photos from the photographer Liu Jianan’s blog
The following photos were shot for the Chinese version of FHM, or For Him Magazine. On the February issue, many of the photos were taken down by self-censors for fear of coming for controversy during Chinese New Year. Now the entire series has been released and circulated online.
Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday to Chinese people. As is the long-held tradition, Chinese people travel home for reunion with their extended families, and return to work and study when the holiday is over. Given the size of Chinese population and the degree to which China’s economic gravitational pull of coastal metropolitan regions has reshaped the population distribution, the scale of the human migration during Chinese New Year is unparalleled in the world. Airfares are prohibitively high to Chinese migrant workers who go from rural to urban areas for job opportunities and to the ordinary working class, therefore, the railway and bus are the major means of transportation. According to the official statistics, the number of passenger journeys during Chunyun, or the Spring Festival Rush, will exceed 2.85 billion.
Selected comments from NetEase:
If such a Spring Festival Rush truly existed, overcrowding would be worth it.
To tell the truth, I’ve indeed failed to read what it wants to express. If it is using the pain of a large number of compatriots as a selling point to make money, I can only say it is heartless.
Salacious and vulgar society. Sick!
I wonder how many fatherless babies would be squeezed out next year after such a squeeze.
Very yellow and very vulgar, but very seductive as well. Can satisfy the fantasy of some people including me.
Seems like a flock of chickens and ducks, a horde of undergrand rats and cockroaches that hardly act in the sun. Images filled with vulgarity. (Models) can be cast in a third-rate (a soft-core porn) film.
I don’t think it is pretty, I simply feel it’s vulgar and repulsive. I don’t know what theme they want to express. Maybe my caliber is not (high) enough. Not well-cultivated enough.
F**k. Is Spring Festival Rush so nourishing? Don’t spread salt on the broad masses of migrant workers. “Spring Festival mega hit?” I would say it is just Tianshang Renjian (Heaven and Earth, a famous underground classy brothel in Beijing, which was shut down in 2010.) on the train.
(We) have fully entered a carnal and erotic era… Vulgar!
(You) think the society is not messy enough? Debauchery. Sad.
Exactly. Now everywhere in China is learning the West. But they haven’t learned much good, and only learn the Western degeneration, and have given the act a nice label, “Opening up.”
Great point. Picked others’ trash and given away the morality.
I have to admit that I am not well-educated; not able to view it with an artistic eye. But it would be better to hide these rather personal photos away.
Selected comments from QQ:
There are countless works to reflect Spring Festival Rush (chunyun). This is the most interesting. It combines the bitterness, the hopelessness, the dullness and the dumbness of ordinary people with funny fantasies that they are on the same train with sexy beauties to express the hope deeply buried in ordinary people’s hearts. The reality is harsh. Dreams are nice. As long as there is dream, there will be a driving force.
Trampling Chinese civilization and history.
This is art that makes people throw up. It can be only put in the closets of artists. Don’t put it online to pollute the environment.
Foreign countries’ films that focused on China is so Chinese. However, some domestic films are made to cater to the Western taste, because their motive is to win awards, and they disregard the audience’s recognition, or lack thereof. But this one, a Western dish based on a Western menu made with Chinese materials by a Chinese chef, not only fails to agree with Chinese; foreigners won’t love it either.
Shooting photos should be good. They are pretty. But don’t bring kids along. After all, it does no good to minors getting exposed to these.