‘Aircraft Carrier Style’ Chinese Internet Meme Goes Viral

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Aircraft Carrier Style“, the English translation for the “航母style“, is a recent internet meme that spread across the Chinese internet following a news report featuring the successful take-off and landings of fighter jets on China’s new Liaoning aircraft carrier. Specifically, Chinese netizens were amused by the funny pose of two aircraft carrier personnel at the 2:37 mark in the following video:

Chinese netizens soon began uploading photoshops and images of themselves mimicking this pose, and the internet meme was then combined with the recently world popular “Gangnam Style” phenomenon by Korean rapper PSY. Below is a collection of some of the earliest photoshops and images, many of which were collected into news articles and featured on television news segments throughout China…

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style, photoshopped with bunny ears.

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

Then there are the animated gifs…

Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme
Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme
Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme
Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme
Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme
Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme
Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme
Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme
Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme
Aircraft Carrier Style animated gif, Chinese internet meme

If you’re curious, here are some statistics regarding “Aircraft Carrier Style” on China’s most popular microblogging platform Sina Weibo…

Trend graph, number of mentions over three days.

Trend graph, number of mentions over three days.

Distribution map, number of mentions by region in China.

Distribution map, number of mentions by region in China.

Mentions according to Zodiac sign (left) and Influence (right).

Mentions according to Zodiac sign (left) and Influence (right).

Distribution by Gender (left) and Account Type (right).

Distribution by Gender (left) and Account Type (right).

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  • http://soundcloud.com/starhawk-1 Little Wolf

    Kind of like the old ZZ Top videos

    • mr.wiener

      Their old stuff was so much better. By their own admission “Eliminator” was a piece of crap they strung together because recording studios were throwing too much money at them.

      • http://soundcloud.com/starhawk-1 Little Wolf

        How old we talkin? I stopped listening to them after “Fandango”. Tres Hombres was a good album though. Just…for some reason these pics reminded of the ZZ Top strut from all those Eliminator videos from the 80s.

    • themig

      btw i found dailymotion is not censored all over china like youtube
      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpzd5b_mig-29_sport?search_algo=2
      Part of the reason is the CCP’s successful use of mass incidents to promote and consolidate its own power.

      The
      protest in Wukan, where villagers drove out local officials in a
      widely-publicised stand-off over a land grab, was ultimately calmed when
      provincial officials intervened and removed the local officials. State
      media subsequently ran pieces censuring them and promising better ways
      of addressing such disputes.

      By shifting public anger to
      economic organisations, local governments and individual government
      officials, the central and provincial governments are bypassing normal
      judicial procedures and local bureaucratic institutions, and
      establishing direct dialogue with the public. In return, they gain
      people’s trust and support.

      Such an approach, however,
      encourages the public to disobey the legal system and even nurtures the
      development of mob mentality as a way of expressing frustration.

    • Misiooo

      Hahaha, yessssss! Was it Viva Las Vegas, wasn’t it?

  • http://500px.com/justinrjones whiskersthecat
  • http://twitter.com/RedHotRussia Augis Barkov

    Liaoning aircraft carrier?
    Oh it’s that old ship which Russia sold to China to serve as the floating casino.
    So, now it’s the national pride of China and source of internet memes?
    Ha ha… cool.

    • mr.wiener

      Better than that old POS cursed ship we sold them for scrap, the HMAS Melbourne.

    • ASDF

      Old compared to what? The Admiral Kuznetsov? Whats considered a flagship in the Russian Navy is being treated as a baby-step training vessel in China. You must be very proud.

      • Germandude

        Ups, I would say “Nice counterpunch” ;-)

    • linette lee

      hahahaha…you are so bad….

  • Choco

    lol sweet. Everyone needs to start doing it!

  • Zhegezhege

    Like the 3 patriots in front of the blackboard, you too can show your commitment to 学会思考 学会创造 by copying a lame meme.

  • Bo Xilai is no more

    “Oh look mama what is that big old flat floatie?” Baby sea bird asks
    “Son, that’s the new pooping target for us, made by Russians, re-counterfeited by the dirt cheap commies and it will become an escape ship for those corrupted XJP’s and his cronies” Mama sea bird answers
    “Shut-up mom and watch me poop on this rusty floatie” says the baby sea bird

  • First Steps

    It’s a big step for China. As you can’t just have a single carrier – you need a carrier group – ships to protect the reasonable unarmed (few guns) carrier. Also in order to run the carrier you need a lot of complex training and equipment. Something that the US Navy said that China was decades off perfecting. Since the US can run an entire war from one carrier group this is a big step towards China exercising its influence in the south China seas. Sure, this current ship is just a baby compared to the US ships but its a step towards their larger cousins. This is potentially a step onto troubled waters, the US certainly is not going to like a “non-ally” having this sort of platform, It will be interesting to see how this changes things on the high seas.

    • x1sfg

      Not to mention their pilots are complete shit compared to us. Even in that region, the ROKs and the Russians are lightyears ahead of them. Interested to see the development in the next few years, but China only has a history of bullying weaker nations such as the PI. They just whine about Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Yes, they need a carrier group. One of ouroutdated Aegis cruisers we sold Taiwan is still ahead of whatever China has, especially in electronics.

      • DavidisDawei

        x1 – You raise several good points.

        Military grade electronics are specified, sourced, assembled and handled much differently than consumer grade electronics. Time will tell, but can the Chinese systems hold up over time in these extreme conditions?

        Can the Chinese innovate and leap frog their (potential) adversaries or will they simply try to copy/match what the USA has already done? Everyone tells me the Chinese cannot innovate, but they can copy anything. Does that still hold true today?

        • x1sfg

          China will always be a step behind, as they reverse engineer pretty much all our stuff. The cyber attacks on our aviation and avionics contractors is enough evidence. The Chinese don’t need to innovate because they don’t have to. Until they’re the top dog, they’ll just copy us. However, that’s not to say the Chinese don’t innovate. They do make modifications of what they have and do make things their own. And they do sell their technology to other countries so there is a demand for it.

          Can the Chinese systems hold up in extreme conditions? I can’t say, but if they aren’t, they’ll work their kinks out very soon. The real question is can they put that technology to good use in wartime situations in a strategic plan up against the US or the UK? I can tell you that the main problem with the Soviets in the last thirty years was failure at the strategic and operational level. Their tactics were also heavy-handed. The PLA on the other hand, who can really say, they haven’t been tested in a wartime situation recently. Unless you count unarmed ethnic minorities.

          They’re a step behind, but can previous generation equipment potentially pose a threat. Yes, they can. As for their adversaries, I’d say they’re already ahead with the exception of ones that are US-backed, ie ROK. But that is only military technologically speaking and the level of knowledge and skill to operate advanced military technology. As far as economic and political influence, as well as the sheer size and might of the PLA, the ROK doesn’t come close.

          I don’t want anyone to take this the wrong way. I don’t think we’re going to war with China. Both our countries’ interests are too heavily tied together. That’s not to say we’re going to be all buddy-buddy with each other, or China has good intentions toward the US. But remember, we’ve had the ability to obliterate the planet many times over for the last half a century so the days of total war and huge armies attacking each other a la WWII are gone. If a nuclear country thought it was in its absolute best interest to use a nuke, or in our’s and China’s case, the “If I’m going down, I’m taking you down with me” mentality.

          The real war between emerging superpowers will be economic and what it depends on: business, science, technology, intellectual capital).

          • Germandude

            Great conclusion: “The real war between emerging superpowers will be economic and what it depends on: business, science, technology, intellectual capital).”

            Why are you advertising the military superiority of the US then? Economical-wise, China will take over sooner or later. Then having a war is simply too expensive and all carrier battlegroups are considered “too expensive”.

          • x1sfg

            Because the article is on military capabilities. I have absolute confidence we will maintain military superiority, until like I said, we rot from within. The “too expensive” thing has been a reality for the last decade. IMO, the DoD budget is mismanaged by both the brass and politicians.

            Will China take over? Perhaps, but many economists think China will have their bubble burst first, before they start rising again. The problem is that their economy is based on manufacturing of cheap goods, while the US holds the technological and scientific knowledge. There is only so much you can make from cheap manufacturing, which is why the US outsourced most of it and is focusing on other aspects. The US used to be an industrial powerhouse for most the 20th century.

            You will also see China move away from manufacturing once they develop their intellectual know how, while they outsource their labor to an even cheaper place. China is investing a lot of money in developing infrastructure in Africa, which should be interesting to see how that unfolds.

            China’s GDP growth, although slowing, may overtake the US according to some projections, but that’s only one indicator of how well their economy is doing. There are dozens of other economic factors where China is severely behind, especially power purchasing parity. If you listen to Chinese talk radio, CCP-owned of course, even then, you’ll hear people talking about now and then.

            An example would be a TV produced in China costs $999 USD in the US, but equivalently twice as much in China, despite it being produced locally. PPP has a lot of factors, but one reason could be the Chinese pegging their currency relatively low so their exports are relatively cheaper overseas.

            China is an economic powerhouse, but not one the US should “fear” as being overtaken any time soon as the US is still the leader for R&D… For now that is. Now only if the post 90s generation in the US can actually start producing some new science and technology soon…

          • Justin

            Actually the article is on a silly dance craze based on the launch of the first carrier. I think China would rather have its own Gangnam style than to be a military hegemon.

      • dudeinUS

        1. US never sold Aegis radar capable war ships to Taiwan, only KIDD class. So you are wrong there.

        2. How do you compare how good a pilot is? avg, flight hours per year? China have been catching up to that.

        http://www.airforce-magazine.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2012/February%202012/0212china.aspx

        3. Bullying small countries? ahh I think we Americans beat them on that. Do you want me to list every foreign military operations conducted by US since WWII? I can list all the democratic leaders we over thrown just to fit into your category of bullying.

        4. Underestimate our enemy will be the biggest down fall of our republic.

        • x1sfg

          1. [EDIT] For security reasons, I’ve decided to edit the first reply. You can go on reading your military magazines and believe what you want.

          2. How do I compare how good a pilot is? My buddies are jet jocks . Flight hours has something to do with it, but not if your training is inadequate. The Blue Angels, Black Eagles, Red Arrows would be a good example of piloting skill, as well as historical evidence in dogfights. I’m not talking about those multinational exercises because no country, especially every country turns their advanced equipment off and it’s basically every country trying to gather as much data on the other countries as possible. In our exchanges with China, even with our pilots not even trying, they receive a ridiculously high kill ratio.

          People in the aviation community know that Chinese pilots have inferior training as of now. I spent my military career on the ground, so what do I know? All I know is that in every conflict in recent history, we’ve pretty much established air superiority or air supremacy. We had a similar view in the SOF community. In contrast, the sub crews had a great deal of respect for their sub crews. Despite their inferior technology, I remember my acquaintances having nothing but good things to say about their Sailors.

          3. You must be crazy to compare American “bullying” with the Chinese. Do I agree with every conflict we’ve been involved in? No, and I’ve been involved in many of them personally. But it’s kind of the role that’s been forced upon us as the only superpower. Do you think we got involved in Panama, Grenada, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, the PI, and so on due to bullying? You are just crazy. When the US starts claiming territorial waters all the way to the Bahamas, or until New Zealand, I’ll dismiss you as crazy.

          4. I don’t underestimate China, but I am a realist. China is currently light years behind us in technology and training. Their SOF is not even comparable to a NG line Infantry company. They have no power projection capabilities other than this obsolete carrier. They are making gains. Their info/cyber warfare units probe and attack us hundreds of times daily. They have the largest standing military, and they may pose somewhat of a threat in twenty years, and we are preparing accordingly. Can’t say the same about our politicians in DC and their future budget projections. Our downfall won’t come from underestimating the enemy or the Chinese. Our biggest downfall is ourselves, we’re rotting from within.

          • Germandude

            Sir, you are a typical example of how propaganda is played. You stated:

            “In our exchanges with China, even with our pilots not even trying, they receive a ridiculously high kill ratio.”

            A typical example of “Our worst beats their best”. What makes you believe that this statement has anything to do with reality? Did the Chinese pilots actually try their best in the exchanges with the US?

            I am not contradicting your statements about the US military superiority. In basically every aspect. BUT, you are making a huge mistake: Underestimating others capabilities (and I say “others” on purpose, not “enemies”).

          • x1sfg

            No, the Chinese weren’t trying their best. But they said it themselves that their skills weren’t as good as the Russians or the US, yet. Were they being humble, yes, but us military folk know when we’re bested, even if we aren’t going all out just by observing. For someone who’s never been in that situation, it’s hard to understand.

            An example would be room clearing. When we observe other units, we can see how fluidly they move and as a unit. They may be going slow on purpose or change a variation of their tactics, but we notice the small things.

            I like your world play. Others be a better word than “enemy.” China is looking out for their own interests as we are. Sometimes they coincide, other times, they don’t, but we won’t go to war over it any time soon

          • Germandude

            Ok, accepted. Please excuse my first sentence of my last post as well. I actually didn’t intend to insult you with it or anything. Just don’t know how to express it better. Cheers.

          • Jennster

            I think he’s just angry that his countrymen gets to rape the jap civilians (lol) and koreans in their own country whilst china can deport any yank they want if these locusts don’t behave here. :D

          • Germandude

            Yes Jennster. Are you on day parole from the mental house again?

          • mr.wiener

            Of course she has a point. Chinese never rape women or misbehave while abroad and are on their best behavior at all times. Apparently whites only have the copyright on this kind of activity….unless of course it’s a black guy.

          • Jennster

            Correct.

          • mr.wiener
          • starting

            and jews why do you forget the jews?

          • mr.wiener

            um, maybe because I was being sarcastic?

          • Jennster

            Thanks. Germans are welcome. :)

          • Germandude

            Thanks for the invitation but I am not going to visit you. :-)

          • dudeinUS

            1. Fair enough, I take your answer at that, since my whole family (not including me) served in the US navy. I have my doubt about what you said, either you are right or I am just getting old and not remembering all past procurements done by the ROCN that includes an Aegis capable ship. Not to mention ROCN doesn’t even have a Cruiser in their inventory like you said. Add to my clarification, KIDD class is only a destroy. If you meant be “Aegis sub-system” you might have an argument, but Aegis Cruiser like Ticonderoga class? And trust me, I don’t just read magazines, I like sir yourself have many friends also.

            2. I was saying you calling another sovereign country’s professional military personal “shit” was too much, they are catching up in training and vamping up their programs. If you remember correctly 15 years ago they were still flying J-7 and J-8, their pilot were getting no more than 30 hours of flight time. They have come in a long way, can you imagine another 15 years? If you remember correctly how the British viewed our Naval forces back in the day. and I by no mean said their pilot are in anyway ahead of the Russian forces or even close to their US counterpart. And by all mean, modern air warfare are not just a component of the pilot and it’s aircrafts, and i am sure sir you know this better than I do.

            3. I am sorry sir, I can’t agree with your motion on that one. if you remember correctly, the state of New Mexico, California, Arizona, where did they come from? what about our little adventure in the country of Philippine pre WWI? I personally don’t believe there are right and wrong in a country’s policy, there are only what is good for me and the citizen of my people. We don’t claim the entire Gulf of Mexico is because…. we don’t have to… we are surrounded by Allie forces that we BEAT in to submission from Pre-WWI to all those conflicts that you mentioned above sir. We have the most amazing Naval power the human race have ever seen. We have the freedom of navigation and power to control our supply of fuel and trade. China don’t have that in South China Sea, and that is the only route their oil can travel beside through Russia and other former Soviet Satellite states. Do you think China would trust the control of their fuel for 1.4 billion people to the US navy? to the Russians? to Pakistan? to Iran? Chinese government’s policy in South China Sea is merely what they are suppose to do, to ensure the continue growth and survival of its citizen. There are no bullying in world politic, only what you need to do to ensure the prosperity and survival of your citizens, we really don’t have a place to lecture China, since when we are a rising world power in the 19th century and 20th century, we done the same thing.

            4. we can agree on this, but I don’t think we are preparing accordingly, I currently works in the financial industry, I can tell you this, our economic system and fiscal policy is unsustainable in 40 years, (yes we need to look that far into the future). Do you know what China’s plan is? Chinese Chairman Deng said for China to catch up to US it needs 100 year… PRC is now only been founded for 61 years…. they still have 39 years to go to meet their goal, but what are we doing here? we can’t even agree on a damn solution to solve the fiscal cliff we created ourself. I don’t care how innovative we are, when we are cutting military R&D in 10 years, then there is China’s chance to shine, in 50 years our grandchildren will be amazed how advance some weapons China are coming up with. no the other way around anymore.

            Regards

          • kkung

            I am from Taiwan. I have to say America is still America. There is a fundamental difference between China’s dealing with southeastern nations and US’s dealing with other countries. China wants territory, as much as possible. As for the US, well, it fights for freedom and justice, generally, disregarding the criticism. I know it makes me sound like a patriotic asshole but this is the way it is as the US has a belief what they call “manifest destiny.”

          • http://twitter.com/KenLayIsAlive KenLayIsAlive.org

            Not that “bullying” is a known reason for taking action in international affairs, we absolutely got involved in Grenada for bullying. They posed absolutely no threat at all. Panama we got involved to make sure we control the canal which runs through their country. Not sure if that qualifies as “bullying”. Remind me again why we got involved in Iraq in the first place? Was it the WMDs or was it to free them by murdering and displacing them?

            Claiming territory into the Bahamas? Seems pretty tame compared to conquering half of Mexico and making a colony out of Puerto Rico. But maybe other people enforcing their territorial sovereignty is wrong once you’ve “got yours”.

            But you’re in the military so of course you hold these views. You’re a captive audience for US propaganda – if you didn’t think these things, it would indicate a problem with the morale and esprit de corps of our military. But if you can’t accept that other people – especially those who’ve been at the receiving end of our “non-bullying” – you’re completely deluding yourself.

            But anyway, they don’t put guys on the battlefield who are going to wonder whether they are there for the right reasons or not. If you change your views though, you wouldn’t be the first soldier who came to realize that you’ve been duped. Maybe you’ll figure out, like lots of others that “War is a racket” or maybe you won’t. But the rest of us – those either sitting home here horrified of what’s being done in our name or those who are the actual target of the “non-bullying” smart bombs, cruise missiles, and remote controlled drones – have made up our own minds as to what is going on.

          • ScottLoar

            You, KevinIsAlive, cannot think beyond simple dichotomies.

            “But anyway, they don’t put guys on the battlefield who are
            going to wonder whether they are there for the right reasons or not.” How can you willfully ignore the memoirs, stories, the books, written and oral records by soldiers of all nations, all armies, all times who very much questioned whether they were there for the right reasons or not, who reflected on their profoundest experience and of those who faced them in battle? Moreover, commanders have never led the automatons that fiction the popular American imagination of soldiery; any commander at any level knows he is leading men, not tools, with
            all their human qualities. Why do you idiotically suppose that military service erases human nature? And who is the “they” that put guys on the battlefield? Have you yourself any experience of graduates of VMI, West Point, Annapolis, even ROTC, etc. that you can claim understanding of their minds and practices?

            “Remind me again why we got involved in Iraq in the first
            place? Was it the WMDs or was it to free them by murdering and displacing them?” Even Han Blix, Executive Chairman of the
            United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), no sympathizer of the US or friendly to G. W. Bush, pointedly rejected the later notion that the US invasion of Iraq rested on the fiction of weapons of mass destruction which the public later mistakenly attributed as casus belli, even as he himself supposed that Iraq – as repeatedly demonstrated by the use of
            poison gas against the Iranian forces, Kurds and the Iraqi marsh Arabs – had weapons of mass destruction. The immediate cause of the US decision to invade Iraq was that Sadaam Hussein ignored 17 (18?) UN resolutions over the course of 11 years despite repeated warnings. The US could not reach an international consensus and so did invaded with just a few allies in the winter months when the ground situation favored US tactical forces. No, summer was not a good time for military action as the French who argued for more time well understood. Or, KevinIsAlive, do you disagree with former British PM Tony Blair that the invasion of Iraq got rid of a murderous dictator and party apparatus?

            The remainder of your examples are equally littered with popular misconceptions and silly but facile notions that just convenience your maximum ability to manage simple dichotomies. Say, why not read up next time so you’re sure you know what you’re talking about?

          • coolspot

            I’ll give you Afghanistan, but Iraq was a crazy war – there was/is no reason to be there.

        • BigCAD

          Lt. Cdr. Wang Wei’s ability behing the stick would cause me to agree on the poor state of Chinese flying skills.

          Still they said the Japanese pilots couldn’t see more than a foot in front of them…and that didn’t work out as well as we would of hoped.

          • mr.wiener

            Wang Wei was a hotdogging fool who should have known better than to try and overtake a prop driven EP-3 and ignite his afterburners in its face in a piece of crap J8D. No doubt he had been watching too many pirated copies of Top Gun.

            I agree though, it is a very bad idea to underestimate your opponent, and there are a lot of Chinese pilots and planes for ever one killed.

          • BigCAD

            Long may Wang Wei’s fish feeding corpse at the bottom of the South China Sea be a testiment to China’s culture of “All gear no idea”. The ranks of late have been joined by the Drivers of D3115 and D301 and many a Ferrari owner.

            Seriously though, doesn’t this Meme look like two in the stink?

          • mr.wiener

            now you mention it…..

      • coolspot

        Long history of bullying neighbours?! China never had imperialist ambitions unlike many Western nations (and Japan).

        • mr.wiener

          the Vietnamese Mongols and Koreans might disagree with you there.

          • coolspot

            Those countries were tributaries of China … and were not conquered or colonized. China had significant influence on these countries through soft power, unlike hard power which is preferred by Western countries.

          • mr.wiener

            “Soft power” being: support one side with weapons until they get too powerful then change sides and play them off against each other to keep them weak?….Hey, that sounds familiar!

  • Germandude

    It’s amazing what people consider being funny.

    • themig

      this is the best article by chinasmack so far not because of the pics but of the bar graphs and trend maps

      • lonetrey / Dan

        Actually, I thought that aspect was pretty important too. It really gives us a better understanding of the netizen’s pattern when things like this starts trending…

      • Germandude

        Agreed. The graphs and maps are very interesting. However, the pics and memes are nothing I would consider being funny. That’s all…

      • Molgera

        Right. And you buy Playboy for the articles as well.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TYKH2LKMZIWPL2DXAN2SLD6ZDA Jens

    Anyone else not able to see the front page at the moment?

    • donkeykong

      Yes, have not been able to see it for a few days

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/TYKH2LKMZIWPL2DXAN2SLD6ZDA Jens

        The page source is blank as well, so it’s not just a browser display bug. The page itself is deleted.

        I hope this isn’t a political decision somehow. Chinasmack is something that they should be hoping everyone reads, not block.

        • Germandude

          It’s a bit slower than usual for me but the page works.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/TYKH2LKMZIWPL2DXAN2SLD6ZDA Jens

            Hey, that might mean it’s just over-popularity :)

        • lonetrey / Dan

          Hmm, this happens to me too, but only for RussiaSlam. All the other sides including Chinasmack works for me… I don’t know why

    • http://www.chinasmack.com/ Fauna

      Please contact us with more information if this is a consistent problem and we will investigate it. http://www.chinasmack.com/about#contact-form

      • Irvin

        Very slow for me for a while now, especially when loading comments.

      • hess

        incredibly slow to load without vpn, fast as lightning with vpn on

      • xiaohouzi

        Here’s something much more interesting and funnier:

        Chinese paper congratulates Kim Jong Un on being named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by the Onion

        http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/kim-jong-un-onion-sexiest-man-alive-newspaper-144736602.html

        Also, what about the new Chinese passports that are making a stir? Who cares about some old boat and a stupid craze it started?

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

          That doesn’t belong on chinaSMACK. Maybe you haven’t noticed, but that Yahoo article links to an English-language Chinese newspaper that most Chinese netizens probably don’t read. Not only that, but the original web page has already been taken down, and it had zero netizen comments when I first looked at it when it was originally posted on Yahoo.

          And that Chinese passports thing should only be on chinaSMACK if Chinese netizens are actually talking about it. I’m not sure why this concept is so hard to understand for so many chinaSMACK viewers.

          • xiaohouzi

            Sorry Matt. I don’t run my own blog which is why i like reading Chinasmack. From now on, i will do like most Chinese and keep my opinions to myself. It’s not like i’m going to ever make more friends now that i’m old and uncool.

          • fabulous

            I think it’s hard to understand because we’ve been reading repetitive articles without Chinese comments for the last week or so. At this point any excuse for why chinaSMACK doesn’t feature your favourite article should be replaced with “It’s my site and I don’t want to”.

          • Kai

            9 posts over the past week: 1 a pop song post, 2 China-Euro couples, and 6 of them standard fare with netizen comments about trending stories.

          • fabulous

            Come on Kai. I’m not trying to have an argument with you. I understand that with your numbers laid out like that I’m supposed to overlook the fact that the most followed posts on chinaSMACK in the last week or so have all been identically authored puff pieces. Maybe you have mistaken my comment as a pejorative of some sort.
            Far from it.
            I think that if a person starts their own website they should be able to select whatever articles they would like to feature on it. It’s just that now chinaSMACK can’t claim Chinese netizen comments as the mandate for choosing which articles to feature. I’m okay with that.

            If we want to look at numbers: 6 articles out of the last 17 is more than a third. In terms of active interest; as of right now these 6 articles have 1387 comments while the other 11 articles have a combined total of 993 comments. 2 of these 11 articles are translations of Chinese netizen’s “funny” comments, prompting a combined total of 36 comments.

      • Alphy

        If Chinasmack intend to make the site accessible in China, this really should be looked into. It probably has to do with the google ads being delayed by the GFW, as the page just takes a really long time to load in all of the China location I’ve tried.

        As most of the readers are probably not from China, perhaps a different version of the page can be consider on the front page,based on IP.

        • Kai

          Yeah, I suspect its the GFW slowing down data from Google as well. Unfortunately, not much we can do about that if we want to keep the site going. We can only hope the GFW gets dialed back. :(

      • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

        been like it for weeks, its behaving like the server is overloaded, probably getting a DOS.

      • maja

        from my home (in Beijing) the only way to charge disqus is through a vpn. the articles load normally.

    • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

      oh this site a joke when it comes to loading up, it was sitting on a server on the West Coast US, its now in Singapore and runs worse.

      • Kai

        I wouldn’t say that or at least our system admin wouldn’t. There are many other factors involved, most notably the GFW currently.

        • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

          True, they put the axe in on VPNs and google accounts are responding like sludge, question is , is it a short term thing like in the past or permenant.
          They not blocking this site so how are they slowing it down?

          • Kai

            All traffic going into China is filtered by the GFW. They could be rate-limiting or selectively blocking data from certain sources that are called from our website.

            When your browser tries rendering the page, it tries to grab data based on what the code tells it to. If it calls a source and that source doesn’t respond with the data (perhaps because that source is down or the GFW is interfering with it), your browser can hang there, waiting for that data, waiting, retrying until it gives up. That could give the semblance of a page not loading, not fully loading, or just being slow.

            This is why Fauna asked you guys to contact us with more information on what you’re experiencing, to help us narrow down what might be the cause. The more data we have, the easier it is to find patterns and diagnose.

  • kk

    Murica will sink dat piece of metal if necessary.

  • Irvin

    I don’t get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

    Whatta buncha goofballs!

  • gumiho

    Some of those are really cute and funny, but I have to say….. We’re so two thousand and eight-You’re so two thousand and LATE!

    http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh63/jeep442007/-N-5386R-125_A_shooter_launches_a_T-45_Goshawk_training_aircraft_assigned_to_Carrier_Training_Wing_CTW_from_the_aircraft_carrier_USS_Abraham.jpg

    • themig

      thats not the earliest american jet off a carrier takeoff

      • gumiho

        Oh, I know, but the photo is from 2008, and it fit the song lyrics.

        • Mens_ReaL

          I thought the lyric was “I’m so 3008, you so 2000 and late.” Otherwise, although recorded in 2008, the lyric would make the B.E.P. themselves quite late when the song was released in 2009. I always thought Will.i.am was either a genius troll or a genuine idiot. But then again, we all get these little things wrong from time to time, yes?

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Ahaha, quite a few of these gave me a small chuckle.

  • jon776

    haha chinese people can be funny! Who would have though.

    • THEGenuineOLiTWiST

      The media have never portrait the Chinese as humorous before, thus it is a “shock” to the outside world a communist state are not gloom and grey the way the western media has made up for decades

  • linette lee

    OMg….they are funny. :)

  • Gerhana

    taurus is the least interested? typical taurus. How did they get this data? it can be used for social studies and for exploiting the herd. its powerful.

    Also human flesh search the nurse, she needs to be fired. No playing in the hospital!

    • maja

      it seems like aries is beating taurus in disinterest, still yeah that panel is the more interesting thing here, I really would like to know where those graphs come from :)

      • Gerhana

        yeah youre right the graph is a little small. They must have hired someone to do this study but the data is kept and they release these entertaining data for the public to look at. wonder what they are really studying… :)

        just curious, maja as in the dancer?

  • kodihi

    Now we just need to keep a close eye out for China carrier bloopers…… The learning curve is rather steep on carriers and being that they don’t have the steam catapult technology figured out it will be even more steep.

  • Mens__ReaL

    Hilarious how much jingoism arises from a few pics of a naval carrier. I thought the whole point of this post was to describe Chinese internet humor. But I guess once someone posts anything about their boat, you gotta whip out your own to compare.

    • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

      Well yanks are well known for big heads and big mouths,even with all the fire power their always bragging about they can never seem to sort a few ragheads out with AK47.
      Thats the real joke here.

      • Mens_ReaL

        I don’t think superiority complex is restricted to the U.S. If there is one thing that this site has taught me, there are stupid people from every country.

        Luckily, I am one of the stupid ones, so this here intrawebs will provide hours upon hours of entertainment.

      • http://soundcloud.com/starhawk-1 Little Wolf

        No….you’re the real joke here.

        • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

          Your Welcome,Thank you!

          Subject: [chinasmack] Re: ‘Aircraft Carrier Style’ Chinese Internet Meme Goes Viral

          • http://soundcloud.com/starhawk-1 Little Wolf

            No,no,no,no no……..THANK YOU!

          • You Retard?

            Retard. haha.

      • Jennster

        What do you expect with a 90+ low iq lot. that is why they think and fight animal kingdom style.

        hey seppos. go fetch that piece of meat on the ground lmao.

        • http://soundcloud.com/starhawk-1 Little Wolf

          How do you fight? Actually, I can’t see you and T’s IQ combined capable of anything more than a monkey-shit fight.

          • mr.wiener

            I’d pay good money to see a cage match….I just wouldn’t get a front row seat.

          • http://soundcloud.com/starhawk-1 Little Wolf

            Not without an umbrella…or a haz-mat suit

          • Germandude

            Uuh. Are you a masochist? I see idiots all day long, why would I pay for an idiot cage fight to see even more idiots? Sooner or later it comes for free. Maybe without the cage, but on the street.

          • hess

            thats not true, they managed to open a door once.
            dont be ignorant!

      • PRO-US

        The US needs to approach China with great caution and not get drawn into another major armed race… China will innovate and come up with new weapons so the US will have to keep up.

        The USSR unfortunately ran out of steam in the arms race and went to pieces….. sad story!

        No one is supreme forever…

        No Roman empire now neither is there any British Empire! Wonder if that applies to the US?

        China survived 2000 years as a continuous civilization. Anyone who conquered her got absorbed into the system…. Scarry but true….

        Chairman Mao said (paraphrased) ” come and invade us but you cannot kill all of us..”

        A Chinese whatever his/her political beliefs will fight to defend his/her country and with better weapons now.

        In the meantime, the US is trying its best to destroy China with capitalism. It may succeed…. if China does not outlive the US “manifest destiny” mission to dominate the world.

    • TORTOISE

      CHINESE HUMOUR

      Hahaha- Who said the Chinese got no sense of humour?

      The posture is a Shaolin stance of a fighter poking his adversary on the blood pressure point to “freeze” him…

      But seriously did we not underestimate the Japanese who dared to bomb Pearl Harbour and Muslim terrorists on their brilliant attack on the World Trade centre? The second lot did not need a lot of technology or even machines. They simply hijacked the bomb!

      So China may do a lot of reverse engineering as they are about 50 years behind… What is the point of re-inventing the wheel. They are smart enough not to travel another long march to get to point B!

      But we must remind ourselves constantly that they are only doing all this stuff in the last 30+ years… They already surpassed many nations in terms of economic development (still more to be done to liberate 85% of the folks).

      They are sending people into space. They invented gunpowder, improved on by the West, paper and printing, compass, installed a public examination system over 2000 years and yes they built the great wall!

      We can laugh at all these achievements……. hahhhaha! That is why the US is in such a mental anguish– whether to go along and subvert the Chinese with capitalism but this will actually make their enemy strong or isolate them?

      We know capitalism is winning! So this will lead to the diminishing of the US not to say the European powers (already) as all road lead to Beijing.. like it or not!

  • fabulous

    UUUUUGH! Enough already! We get it! You like memes! “Memes are the pinnacle of humour perfection”, “Memes make me laugh”, “I like memes”. How many more memes, and articles about memes do we need to see?
    I’m okay with one meme article on the site but this is way out of line. These articles should be on another website about memes. chinaSMACK has really sold out to the meme complex this time. It’s a fact. Don’t try and deny it my brothers.
    How come we never see any articles promoting limericks? Because Chinese women can’t think for themselves, that’s why. They have been programmed by meme media into only being interested in memes; even to the point of exiling their own humour.

    You know, I don’t mind a few memes but I hate to see memes coming here and stealing our laughs. Even worse is when you see old memes getting young laughs. “Memes have longer laughs”; I don’t want to hear that old line.
    Why don’t we ever see articles about other jokes, any other jokes, you know, like, limericks?

    Just the other day my friend was playing around with a retro limerick. I suggested he focus on the BB rhyming couplet to eliminate the flatness. He took my advice. But he still couldn’t think of a way to finish it.
    ‘There once was a man on the SMACK
    Upset, but he kept coming back
    “Such stories would be alright
    if none of the people were white
    I’m upset that no-one here cares I’m …’

    I’m just saying, all types of jokes should be promoted. But not memes.
    Limericks.

  • Alphy

    Nice timing on the article, cuz last night when I went on a run, my GF did the pose, and I was like “what the hell?…” Now I know…

    BTW I remember seeing articles about how this carrier was suppose to be a casino and China denying its military use when it was first bought from Ukraine Anyone got an article on how China explain this 180 turn? The closest one I’ve found is: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-26/floating-casino-bid-turned-into-china-s-biggest-aircraft-carrier-purchase.html

    • BigCAD

      …dump her, it’s not too late.

  • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

    Very funny indeed,

    Fire engine launch vely good!

  • Hanche

    What I gather from this entire comment section is really insecure white boys that suddenly associated this innocent Chinese internet meme as some kind of great threat to themselves and their “MUH DIK” since it brings White people back to earth that they aren’t special and that Chinese will treat them like anyone else.

    • tommybeasters

      So your saying Taiwanese/Philippino/Japanese people wont have similar sentiments?

  • david

    well the kids look cute but the rest of these people look 1000% foolish.
    anyone who copies anything related to a weapon of war must have a pretty boring life because its weapons such as these which killed so many people.

    don’t get me wrong, im happy to see China get some Air Force and a carrier(will need more)

    personally, nobody needs weapons, but our “leaders” do because they shit in their pants every time someone threatens to take away their xiao san or gold. haha

    war is stupid and never solved anything.

    my home land (usa) is far worse. look at all their weapons of mass murder! its why i left.

    go ahead and copy those people, but honestly you look very very foolish and i have less than 0% respect for anyone who supports war machines.

  • Freetrader

    How sad…I’m sure that the CCP is

  • Freetrader

    How sad…I’m sure the CCP is delighted with this nonsense though.

    Don’t most of them know that the US has had a carrier fleet since 1924? Having one is not exactly proof of being a first rate nation…they bought the thing from the Ukrainians, after all.

  • Sat

    The thing is this is just like all of China’s other ‘projects’. It’s just a giant ‘ooh look at us’ thing but they don’t think about it beyond the initial fan fare. Infrastructure, trains, etc all look great on Day 1, then crumble to dust a month later. The problem is the Chinese cant’ maintain anything. They still don’t have an actual carrier group for the aircraft carrier. And they still have the major issue that they didn’t actually build it, and that the engines are also diesel engines from Russia they can’t repair either.

    This doesnt address other core problems. The fact that the J8 is still years away from being actually ‘useful’. That landing on a parked aircraft carrier in a harbor is a far cry from doing so at sea, in bad weather, in the dark. In that an aircraft carrier is only as useful as the OPERATIONAL infrastructure used to deploy it which China’s military still has no idea how to really do effectively.

    As I giant penis waving ‘woo look at me’ thing it’s fine. But there’s a reason why military experts arent one bit worried

  • MoralDrift

    Pretty damn lame…who cares about aircraft carriers….its an obsolete technology and the PLA Navy knows this better than anyone.

    • ScottLoar

      Agreed. This aircraft carrier is a bogeyman to scare the US into ever more ruinous military expenditures and a sop to Chinese nationalists needing an icon of military power.

      • MoralDrift

        Well, I definitely agree on this being red-meat for Nationalists and fairly cheap and obviously effective. However, I don’t think this refurbished carrier scares anyone. It’s seriously 90% internal Public Relations move….10% message to Vietnam and the Phillipines

        • ScottLoar

          This does scare the US military who most likely see it as the beginnings of the Chinese navy to project force beyond their own waters and who (i.e. the US military) also practice that anything challenging their overwhelming superiority is a threat. Nevertheless, on this we will continue to disagree.

          • MoralDrift

            You are right on the US insistence on “full-spectrum dominance” but I still think that in terms of the carriers capabilities and the skill of its crew, it is mostly a non-issue. Besides the carrier specs there are two other major reasons why; 1) China does not have major interests outside of its region and therefore most hotspots like the south china sea are largely within range of land based aircraft and missiles. 2) Chinese investment in area access denial tech like the super sonic surface to sea missiles is the primary threat to the US in the region.

            That being said….there is a case to be made that long-term this carrier may represent an intent to project power outside of the local waters but as it stands China does not have the supply lines or support vessels to conduct this type of operation and wouldnt for at a bare minimum and at lgihtning fast speed, a decade. The real threat is area denial tech, its a wise bet by the PLA and its the reason why I dont seriously believe they intend to craft a carrier fleet but who knows how far there hubris may go

          • ScottLoar

            I disagree with nothing in your last post. The difference between us is that I believe this sole carrier will be interpreted by the US as a potential threat and will react with ever more punishingly expensive “weapons systems”, and I hold that is a reaction the Chinese authorities purposely instigated. If there is evidence to the contrary I will gladly revise my opinion.

  • Revenant Shadow

    Lol

  • Mop

    The pic with the 3 kids is so cute!

  • Ronald Paredes

    People are such retards… seriously retards

  • doh_ness

    yeah. china is striving to be next stupid superpower. as an america, i am so happy to watch this happen slowly but surely. i hope they pass us very soon. stupid reagan started our stupid global power and our stupidity in being world’s police only gives us egg foo young on our face. i am SO hoping chinese people become more and more proud of their giant military. you can do it, china! don’t stop! go go go!! spend trillions of dollars on it! do it!! it will be so great for you!! it’s so great to watch so many chinese get that stupid pride to be “the biggest gun”just like americans did in 80s and 90s. soon they can become the next idiots to start pushing around smaller nations (first it will happen in southeast asian oceans) and eventually they can feel that stupid pride american did for so long. many nations will hate or resent them and no good will come back to china for it. so cool being super power!! woohoo!! and when china becomes biggest military then there will be no need for all our stupid foreign air force bases around the world so our military budget will go in half at least! more health care, education, roads, bridges, trains, pensions.

    • hess

      “soon they can become the next idiots to start pushing around smaller nations”
      they’ve been doing that for quite some time mate

  • Paneraman

    one of the most retarded articles I’ve ever read.
    Worst than Gangnam Stle.

  • hehehehh

    this is damn lame,

  • hehehehh

    they needed something against gangnam style… and finally they came up with this lame thing.. both are freaking lame.

  • johngalt3588

    That’s not an aircraft carrier, it’s a casino, right?

  • Mike Lovett

    almost all the pics and certainly the animated gifs are quite funny! Good job China folk!

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