CHINESE DISSIDENT ARTIST AI WEIWEI RELEASES PROTEST HEAVY METAL SONG & MUSIC VIDEO “DUMBASS”

May 23, 2013  |  art, Music

China's most prominent modern artist Ai Weiwei—known as much for his formidable conceptual art career as his relentlessly outspoken stance against the Chinese government—has just released a dangerously controversial new song and music video called "Dumbass." The Deftones-ish metal song's Mandarin lyrics explicitly attack the Communist Chinese government's intolerance of artistic freedom and an accompanying music video directed by Hong Kong cinematographer and Wong Kar-Wai collaborator Christopher Doyle reenacts the artist's recent three-month prison sentence in dungeon-like conditions at the hands of abusive guards. The track was co-written by Chinese musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou and is the first single off Weiwei's upcoming album, "The Divine Comedy," releasing on June 22. If he's not back in a Chinese prison by then, that is...

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"DUMBASS" LYRICS:
When you're ready to strike, he mumbles about non-violence.
When you pinch his ear, he says it's no cure for diarrhea.
You say you're a mother-fucker, he claims he's invincible.
You say you're a mother-fucker, he claims he's invincible.
Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible.
Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible.
Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass! Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass!
Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass! Oh dumbass, oh such dumbass!
Lalalalala, lalalalala Lalalalala, lalalalala
Lalalalala, lalalalala Lalalalala, lalalalala
Stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker.
The field's full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.
The field's full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.
Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible.
You say you're a mother-fucker, he claims he's invincible.
You say you're a mother-fucker, he claims he's invincible.
The field is full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.
The field's full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere.

Related: Watch a great interview with Ai Weiwei discussing his art, life, and reasons for still fighting the Chinese system. "I don't believe people who say they are not scared," he says:

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