March 13, 2009

Caonimama? Pushmi-Pullyu The Next Symbol Of Chinese Internet Freedom

vintage 1967 Pushmi-Pullyu by Mattel

When I bought this sweet, fuzzy vintage Pushmi-Pullyu doll on eBay a couple of years ago, I thought it'd be fun for the kid. Only when it arrived did I see how hilariously unplayable it was for a toddler, thanks to the paper ears and bare steel wires protruding from the feet [but they're posable!] So off it went to the back of a tall shelf somewhere.

Until this week, when I recognized the fictional creature from Dr. Dolittle as a close relative of Caonima, the mythical Grass Mud Horse who has become the vulgar-sounding rallying cry of the oppressed Chinese internet population. And if you get the tones wrong, Pu Xi Mi Pu Lo Yu sounds like "F--- your two-headed mother" in Fujianese.

Looks like I got a deal: Vintage Pushmi-Pullyus are clocking in on eBay at $35-200 [ebay]

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I was wondering if you would be willing to sell your pushmi-pullyu if you haven't already. Please let me know!


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