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‘Aircraft Carrier Style’ Chinese Internet Meme Goes Viral

Chinese internet meme: Aircraft Carrier Style

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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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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