Nov 14, 2005

Plagiarism in Chinese music videos - 王蓉那个抄袭狂

If you've watched MTV at any point in the 90's you must have seen the video for “No Rain” by Blind Melon (1992), with the minor celebrity Bee Girl. In that video, she performs a shoddy tap dance, is booed offstage, and then runs around the city until she encounters the band, toked-up out of their minds and playing in a green pasture, where finally everyone is happy.

By pure chance, I saw the video for a song entitled “I am not Huang Rong” (我不是黄蓉)by the Chinese female singer Wang Rong (王蓉). It is a video in which a girl (Chinese instead of white this time) is dressed as a bee and does the same sort of thing, although she's not booed offstage. Nonetheless, she runs around a similar setting. The level of plagiarism was amusing, and it was especially funny that in the Chinese knock-off, the girl and the bee costume have nothing to do with the song and there is no plot to what the girl is doing. In comparison, Blind Melon's video tied into the theme of their song and the progression of the girl presented the viewer with a coherent story.

These are some stills I took from the two videos, with the Chinese one on the left, Blind Melon on the right.

Above: The bee girl dancing on stage is the same.

Above: Bee girl running or walking, depending on the version.

Above: Even the thick-rimmed eyeglasses are the same. What a coincidence!

Bonus rant
As a side point, the song by the Chinese “artist” is over-produced and lame. Does this Wang Rong have any entertainment skills at all? In the video, she's not shown dancing, but rather bobbing back and forth in a chair while making a Dubya-Bush-esque dimwitted grimace. Occasionally she'll make a serious face and point at the camera with her index finger. Is she imitating Eminem? At least Eminem has street credibility from living as an ethnic minority in Detroit. Her penguin-bobbing dance style is like that of the fat protagonist Albert in the movie Hitch, when Will Smith tries to teach him to groove in a civilized way.

“Look at me, I can make a face like a smirking donkey and pump my fists up and down. This is artistic.”

I want to throw up when I see this video. Maybe the Chinese police will use it as a new interrogation aid to force spies and dissidents into confessing crimes.


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