Video: Dancing Matt (Michael Harding) comes to China; netizens’ comments
Matthew “Matt” Harding (born September 27, 1976), is an American video game designer and Internet celebrity known as Dancing Matt for his viral videos that show him dancing in front of landmarks and street scenes in various international locations. Harding has since received widespread coverage of his travel exploits in major print and broadcast media outlets, and was hired by Visa to star in their Travel Happy campaign. (From Wikipedia)
This Sunday, Matt came to Beijing’s CBD Sanlitun SOHO and mobilized around 100 people to dance with him on the street. (Global Times story)
The video of the group dancing in Beijing was first uploaded to Youku, a Chinese video-sharing site. Ministry of Tofu makes it available on YouTube for faster streaming.
Netizens’ comments on Youku
Damn! I actually grabbed the sofa (Jing: the first comment)! I have to say, I will not join them in dancing.
So high! Praise!
Maybe his dancing is very naive, maybe he is not a well-known figure or a big shot, maybe one day we will all forget him, but it doesn’t matter if a dream is big or small, and it is never naive. Every dream is great.
Really envy and admire him, for having the courage to drop every burden to pursue his dream.
China and other countries are really so different. When he went abroad, it was the locals who danced with him. In China, it was still a bunch of foreigners who danced with him (mostly).
Monkey business???????? Is this a dance or jumping around?
Even foreigners’ fart smells good.
You nailed it! If this was a fellow Chinese dancing, can it be posted on the homepage (of Youku)? I guess it would even come in for vituperation~ ~ ~ Look now they are all flattering and applauding it!
Seems a bit like Mr. Bean!
Matthew Harding, can you bring me along? But I have no savings…
I am very puzzled. Such a video can make to the front page. Is there any special meaning? Really do not understand! !
You don’t get it.
Ha ha ha, the move, simple, cute, easy to learn, suitable for mass entertainment. I decided to try it too.
What rubbish dancing moves! Makes people get goose bumps.
This dance, if a Chinese did it, most people would come to trample down it. A foreigner does it, most people praise it. Brainless! ! !
This is typical xenophilia.
a group of idiots!
This is an attitude towards life. Athough the moves are simple and funny. Since they can make people relax and happy, he is successful. Just like the author puts it, an inspirational brother.
He-he, optimistic attitude towards life.
Now THAT is called life. Foreigners live so happily! Really optimistic. I really envy…
Chinese people are not very laid-back, and are still very reserved, especially on unfamiliar occasions.
Still have to say: If the protagonist were a Chinese, then certainly there would be full of sarcasm and invective.
Born as a result of a different culture, but still a little brain-dead ~ ~
Americans are just like that. Open-minded, unlike (people)in China. Many conducts acceptable in a foreign country will be considered nuts if done in China.