Amnesty International goes Gangnam Style for Chinese dissidents

0 Posted by - December 12, 2012 - Blog, Screen, Sound

I’m tired of Gangnam Style. Especially so since Psy denounced his past anti-war performances in South Korea — presumably because criticizing the US military doesn’t jive with his newfound pop celebrity status in America.

Even more exhausting are the endless Gangnam Style parodies and rip-offs, most of which are simply limp attempts at a laugh. There’s a new one, however, with a greater, worthwhile cause.

Amnesty International teamed up with London-based sculptor Anish Kapoor to produce Gangnam for Freedom, a new take on the viral video that seeks to raise awareness of free speech restrictions placed on human rights lawyer Gao Zhishen, artist Ai Weiwei, and others persecuted in China.

According to Amnesty, Gao, one of China’s most respected human rights advocates, disappeared in February 2009 and has since been imprisoned and tortured because of his work.

For more about Gao’s case, visit Amnesty UK’s website.

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