Latest Chinese Internet meme after CCTV’s ‘David Gate’–Dressing the nude in artwork
July 10, 2012Jing Gao2 Commentsbig boxer shorts, CCTV, CCTV’s headquarters, CHINA CENTRAL TELEVISION, epic, funny, internet humor, Internet memes, Michelangelo, National Museum of China, photoshop, window of wisdom
China Central Television, the state-run national broadcaster, becomes a laughingstock after it blurred David’s penis in a newscast about an exhibition in the National Museum of China. The censors’ heavy hand to the Renaissance masterpiece created by the Italian artist Michelangelo has become the fodder for an Internet meme and inspired a new wave of photoshopping – by superimposing garments onto nudity in classic artwork to meet CCTV’s ‘standards’. The new meme is called “Respond to CCAV’s call for anti-vulgarism campaign; Dress the nude!” (CCAV is an epithet Chinese netizens have coined for CCTV, short for China Central Adult Video)
CCTV censors David’s private parts.
Netizens’ creative work
The characters on the red du dou, or Chinese traditional halter tops, read “Piggy (Wish) you prosperity.”
Last Communion and Martyrdom of Saint Denis repurposed as a Chinese propaganda poster. The red band on the man’s arm says “Safety personnel”. The slogan on top left-hand corner reads, “Comrades, we must unswervingly achieve safety and harmony.”
CCTV’s headquarters is nicknamed “big boxer shorts”,“crotch”, “Window of wisdom”(智窗, zhi chuang, sounds exactly the same as ‘hemorrhoid’,痔疮, in Chinese.) by Chinese people who poke fun at its quirky design and structure. Now netizens have drawn a pair of red boxer shorts to cover its ‘sensitive parts’.
Selected comments on NetEase
谁是贼 [网易中国网友]：2012-07-10 18:56:58 发表They’ve done so many ugliest, evilest and dirtiest things;But they suddenly turn shy and prudish when coming across classic art!!!
民族英雄陈冠希 [网易广东省深圳市网友]：2012-07-10 19:01:44 发表
That ‘Window of Wisdom’ building of CCAV is a highlight!
梦想的火焰 [网易安徽省安庆市网友]：2012-07-10 19:00:25 发表
Underage girls have been abused by cadres. Students were impregnated by officials…All the filth and evil is going on underneath the sanctimonious indoctrination!
网易江苏省南京市手机网友 ip：180.111.*.*2012-07-11 01:09:18 发表
This once again proves they are anti-civilization and anti-humanity.