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The singer-rapper's controversial new song with Australian singer Kimberley Chen went viral less than a week since it debuted on YouTube

On October 13, rapper Namewee teased fans on Instagram with a behind-the-scenes shot from the set of his pink-filled new music video for Fragile Glass Hearts. Days later, the Mandarin hit featuring Taipei-based Australian artist Kimberley Chen has garnered over 11million views and over 530,000 likes after being uploaded to YouTube on October 16.

The opening words to the music video, "Please be cautious if you are fragile pink", set the tone for a satirical ballad rife with not-so-subtle references and criticisms about censorship, the pandemic and Chinese President Xi Jinping.   

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"Hate or like it? It depends on your position," the 38-year-old rapper said in an Instagram post about the song. As of October 22, Namewee's YouTube channel chalked up three million subscribers, no doubt partly due to this controversial track.

The video has already caused Namewee and Chen's Weibo, Douyin and Baidu Teiba social media accounts to be removed. Despite being banned from these and other streaming platforms in China, Fragile Glass Hearts continues to garner views, ranking among the most watched videos in Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and as far away as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

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