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'Aircraft Carrier Style' bumps off Gangnam Style in China

  • Staff Reporter
  • 2012-11-27
  • 12:23 (GMT+8)
The pose that has taken China by storm. (Internet photo)

The pose that has taken China by storm. (Internet photo)

Move over Gangnam Style — a new dance move is taking China by storm.

Hot on the heels of the invisible horse dance popularized by the song Gangnam Style by South Korean artist PSY, Chinese netizens have become obsessed with "Aircraft Carrier Style," otherwise known as "Take-Off Style," a pose based on the gestures of landing signal officers on aircraft carriers.

The pose — with the body lowered and the left leg straight in a half-squat, left hand behind the back in a fist and the right hand straight out in front with the middle and index fingers pointing ahead — became a massive hit on the internet after it was seen on national broadcaster CCTV's Nov. 24 coverage of J-15 fighter jets taking off from the country's first ever aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.

The move, which is actually a signal to fighter jet pilots that it is safe for take-off, has been deemed "cool" by netizens, who say it resembles shooting a gun. The craze has sparked a wave of imitations which have been photographed and posted on the web.

Gangnam Style recently became the most-watched YouTube video of all time with 826 million views, surpassing Baby by Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber.

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  • Yang Chuantang (楊傳堂)

    Yang Chuantang (楊傳堂)

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