Artist Ai Weiwei's Fans in Naked Twitter Protest

China's latest attempt to harass the dissident artist backfires.
Nov 21, 2011
Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.

When the Chinese authorities tried to slap artist Ai Weiwei with a massive $2.4 million fine for "tax evasion," his Twitter followers opened up their checkbooks and helped come up with $840,000 to help pay what many suspected was a bogus bill to harass the outspoken folk hero. 

Now his fans have come up with another creative way of telling Beijing to leave Ai alone: they're pulling an Anthony Weiner and tweeting out nudie pics. 

Authorities are investigating Ai and his assistant for "spreading pornography" because of an artisitc photograph that showed the artist and four other women naked.

The photograph, titled "One Tiger Eight Breasts," is probably NSFW, but it's hardly what one might find coming out of the infamous movie studios in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. 

His fans, who follow him at @aiww, are tweeting their own nude self-pics in a show of solidarity.

It's not the first time in recent weeks that Twitter users have turned to nudity to make a statement. Egyptian student Aliaa Magda Elmahdy stripped down on her own blog, and Twitter, to express her sense of personal freedom in the wake of Egypt's revolution. 

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