Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has released a satirical music video about his imprisonment in China on a tax-eviction charge. Ai sings the explicit song in Chinese and mocks state power.
The music video accompanied Ai's first single, "Dumbass," from his upcoming album "The Divine Comedy," was released on Wednesday.
At a release ceremony in Beijing, Ai commented on what the video meant to him.
Ai's 81 days in detention on a tax-evasion charge drew international attention. The sentence was seen as part of a wider crackdown on dissent in China. Ai Is considered a very vocal and prominent critic of Beijing.
The song is dedicated, Ai said, to "all those people who do not have the opportunity to raise their voice, who will never be able to raise their voices."
The release of the video was heavily covered at the event in Beijing, and Ai released a link to the song on social media, including Twitter and YouTube. Those sites are banned in China, however, and most Chinese won't have the ability to watch it.
Ai's full album is scheduled to be released on June 22.
mz/ipj (dpa, AP)