18th October 2021 – (Beijing) Malaysian rapper Namewee released a new music video on 15th October featuring Kimberley Chen Fang-yu, an Australian singer, actress, and model based in Taiwan. The duet titled “It might Break Your Pinky Heart” received more than 850,000 views in less than 24 hours. Although Namewee described this new song as a “romantic and beautiful ‘pink’ love song’, the lyrics included anti-China contents. As a result, the Weibo accounts of both singers have been banned. The pink theme of the music video seems to refer to the Little Pink group.
The term Little Pink originated on the website Jinjiang Literature City when a group of users kept strongly criticising people who published posts containing negative news about China. Within Jinjiang Literature City, this group became known as the “Jinjiang Girl Group Concerned for the Country”, or the Little Pink, which is the main colour of the website’s front page.
The Little Pink are different from members of the 50 Cent Party, as the Little Pink are not paid. 83% of the Little Pink are female, with most of them between 18 and 24 years old. More than half of the Little Pink are from third- and fourth-tier cities in China.
They are primarily active on social media sites banned in China such as Twitter and Instagram. Many of the Little Pink are Chinese students studying abroad in countries which do not block access to those sites. They have been compared to the Red Guard of the cultural revolution.
Wee Meng Chee is a Malaysian Chinese hip hop recording artist, composer, filmmaker and actor who is widely known by his stage name Namewee (/ˈneɪm.wiː/), a bilingual pun on his first name, which sounds like the Mandarin term for name.
Wee gained popularity after releasing a controversial song titled Negarakuku, a remake of the national anthem of Malaysia, Negaraku. The word kuku resembles the male reproductive organ in Chinese Hokkien dialect. In the weeks following the song’s release, it drew criticism from Malaysian society. Despite the controversy surrounding Negarakuku, Wee released his first, self-titled EP, Namewee in Malaysia on 3rd September 2007. The album was completed in May and does not contain Negarakuku.
On 12th March 2021, Namewee, who at that point had resided in Taipei for seven months, released a video saying he intended to return to Malaysia and predicted that he would be detained there, over a complaint stemming from racial tensions being depicted in his film Babi. On 15th March 2021, it was reported that Namewee had been detained for two hours after passing immigration at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and was due to surrender himself to police custody at their Bukit Aman headquarters after a seven-day quarantine. He was subsequently released with a warning.