The Ordinary, the Artistic and the Idiotic (Putong, Wenyi and Erbi) – the hottest Internet meme happening now in China
It all started just like any other Internet memes. Some folks on the internets posted a series of composite photos, each consisting of three images of some young people. From left to right, or top to bottom, the three images would respectively represent
- An ordinary youth (putong qingnian, 普通青年),
- An artistic youth (wenyi qingnian, 文艺青年, a young person of artistic and cultural sensibility, or rather, of quasi-hipster quality)
- And finally, (much to a humorously dramatic effect) an idiotic youth (erbi qingnian, 二逼青年), who would perform some funny, non-sequester or socially awkward deeds.
The meme got so popular that not only has it gained its own Chinese acronym 普文二 (pu-wen-er), it soon evolved into a more concise form: a simple sequence of three items (photos or phrases) under the same category put together would suffice to deliver a joke of the same nature and immediately be understood by friends within your online social circle.
As a result, the past few days saw an explosive creation of wu-wen-er trios spreading across major Chinese social network websites such as Sina Weibo and Renren.com.
Jack Ma, in his ordinary, artistic and idiotic forms.
Translate: (after love making ends prematurely): The ordinary boyfriend: sorry honey…
The artistic (sensitive) boyfriend: Sorry. I can hardly control myself with you.
The idiotic boyfriend: That felt darn good huh?
Now, can you come up with an ordinary-artistic-idiotic combination of your own?