“Teeth-revealing Brother,” “Little Fatty” and Chinese online photoshop trolls
Recently a picture of a high school student who wears glasses and smiles to the camera has become the subject of the art of photo parody.
It said that he uploaded the picture himself to seek help from netizens with beautifying his lips. However, his smile is so broad and compelling, netizens dubbed him “Teeth-revealing Brother” (lu chi ge, 露齿哥) and Bucktoothed Brother (bao ya ge, 龅牙哥), and have begun altering his and his classmates’ images with software to depict anime characters and celebrities.
This is actually not the first instance of mass production of parody photos based on one subject. In 2006, a 16-year-old boy who looked askance at the camera at a traffic security activity arranged by his school fell victim. His images were so thick on the ground that he became an Internet icon. He was then nicknamed by netizens as Xiao Pang, or Little Fatty. ”I felt awful when I found my picture edited into different images three years ago,” said Xiao Pang, a Shanghai native, ”I didn’t mind that netizens edited my picture as a joke, but I dislike those who change my pictures into low-class ones, like putting my face onto a naked dancing girl,” he said.