Date
20 September 2017
Memes inspired by the unnamed mainlander have taken social media by storm, making him this year's hottest sensation on Yahoo search.  Photos: tvb.com, 100 Most magazine, Facebook
Memes inspired by the unnamed mainlander have taken social media by storm, making him this year's hottest sensation on Yahoo search. Photos: tvb.com, 100 Most magazine, Facebook

Forget the protest, mainlander is biggest social media star

So much for street politics.

The biggest social media phenomenon this year is a mainlander who was caught red-handed with a knife at a protest site.

But it’s not the deadly weapon that gave him unexpected fame — or notoriety, depending on your loyalties — but how he tried to explain himself away.

When he uttered the words “durian mud mud mud”, which for English speakers would be unquestionably unimaginative, he lit up Chinese social media, inspiring countless memes and shares, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The man was being pressed by reporters about a knife he was carrying around and became lost for words.

But he apparently regained his poise and told them he likes to eat durian — and then stalled again, ending up with “mud mud mud” to fill the gaps (mud translates to what).

Netizens found it funny, made it a trending search topic and crowned it the best Chinese slang on Yahoo search, the report said.

It eclipsed the former champion “miss thick toast” in honor of a mainland woman who mispronounced a Cantonese term (it rhymes with nosy) during an altercation with an MTR passenger.

And it sank “I will now recap in English” by a Hong Kong police spokesman who peppered his daily updates of the street protests with the friendly phrase for the benefit of non-Chinese.

Eight of the 10 most popular slangs were attributed to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the Umbrella Movement, which was the most searched news of the year, according to Yahoo Hong Kong.

Apple’s new iPhone 6 was No. 2, followed by the McDonald’s food scandal and Shanghai Husi, the stale food company that started it all.

Hong Kong Television Network Ltd. (1137.HK) was fourth thanks to its recent blockbuster launch.

Searchwise, Leung was overshadowed by his daughter Chai-yan who riveted social media with revelations about her personal life including a purported suicide attempt and some unflattering comments about her parents.  

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