Respect by Sheep Dung

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Culture & History, by Rinchen Tashi

Co-author Tencho Gyatso

Recently a Chinese mini-series called “Tibet’s Secret” has been creating much furor amongst Tibetan circles everywhere, in its lies and distortion of Tibetan history and society. In direct response to this mini-series, the “Sheep Dung” music band created and posted this rap music video called “Respect” on Weibo from where it was deleted within the hour. Posted below is a brief description of the film and a transcript of the words of the rap-song which is now available on YouTube.

A brief description of the Chinese mini-series “Tibet’s Secret

The Chinese government spend an extraordinary amount of money to make a 50 episode mini-series called “Tibet’s Secret.” This was screened by CCTV over these past few months and recently completely posted online on youtube. The series was quoted to be “one of the best mini-series based on historical facts.”

The series is set in Tibet from 1930′s to 1950′s and is based on a Tibetan Nobel family and some high ranking officials. It depicts Tibetans from noble families, monks, high lamas as evil people and Tibet as a society divided between upper class and serfs, where the upper class can randomly kill the serfs and destroy their lives. The Nobles and officials are categorized into two types – one is anti-China and the other pro-China. The officials and religious figures who are pro-China are good hearted, long sighted, and caring for Tibetan people . they are the good guys. And the anti-China ones are the real killing machines, putting the Tibetan people into the sea of suffering while they themselves live heavenly lives.

Many enraged Tibetans have been calling out for the ban of this film on Chinese social media, angered by the distortions and inaccuracies depicted in this film. But sadly these voices have been completely ignored by the authorities and instead many Chinese people who have no knowledge of Tibetan history are applauding the film and its play write & director, Liu Debin, some calling for him to create a second series. And in response, Liu wrote on his blog, “Definitely, I am going to write! Let’s see where the ugly separatists are hiding!”

However there are also some Chinese scholars and intellectuals, both in china and outside, who also criticize this film. Two of the Tibetan actors in this film have expressed their regret for having been part of this film.

Some sources are saying that the Chinese government and authorities of TAR have almost completed work on the translation of this movie into Tibetan.

Transcript of Rap Song “Respect” by Sheep Dung

Watch the video on YouTube »

RESPECT

(Big red letters)

Strongly asking to ban “Tibet’s Secret”

People strongly demand to ban “Tibet’s Secret”, the garbage show

(Background Photo of Film Playwright & Director Liu Debin)

(The words read)
The director is sabotaging the unity of the nationalities

(Begin Song Transcript)

Ancient melody played without ancient instrument
My soul will be saved by my faith after I die

I can not watch it any more
I felt it is enough

(Background photo of Some of the Tibetans who acted in “Tibet’s Secret” – Tobgye, Tsering Dondup, the three girls of Acha Tsemdup and Phurba Kyab.)

(The Tibetan words read) Traitors of Tibet.

(The Chinese words read) Traitors of Tibet, the Scum who betray the nation

As you see,
His [the director] descriptions and portrayals are so ugly

First of all, You do not respect.
It does not matter what kind of reason you may have
I can not compromise, and I can not tolerate.

Who will give me the right to punish this arch-criminal
But right now I can only use my writing to show my anger
Here I present you a name . IDIOT

I don’t care what creative work you do
But it should be close to facts

Like the words of my song about you; that are true
I wish you could be more true; pay me back a sheet of blank paper

Finally, I use the only consciousness I have,
To wake up the primordial qualities of (Tibetan) nationality

All I want to do is just give DISS to you (*)
All I want to express is .. KEEP ON PEACE (*)

Oh—-
This is the man from the snow mountains
My beloved man from the snow mountains

Oh—
This is the man from the land of the snow
My beloved man from the land of the snow

We are neither seeking independence, nor doing something separate
We just demand respect
We don’t need you to distort history and reality

Stupidity and Ignorance; Lies and Dupes;
Some fools are blinded for personal profit,
using false impression to dupe others

There is no word to say, Fxxx you, Liu Debin
Our nation has been vilified again and again

This must be a conspiracy
And You are just the clown

Don’t violate and slander Tibetan history of several thousand years
Are you not afraid of
Karma, Birth, Death, and Rebirth

We believe firmly our faith
Snow mountains shall bear witness

Don’t bring your dirty mind and ugly thoughts to prove your ignorance
This is your story, Watch your way
This time, I am cursing and attacking you through my writing

Oh—-
This is the man from the snow mountains
My beloved man from the snow mountains

Oh—
This is the man from the land of snow
My beloved man from the land of snow

Distortion of history proves you want to create a truth that is not real
To understand the nature of (Tibetan) nation, you have to learn the true history

The nation of the Land of the snow is not a crying lion

People like you who have no faith, who gave you the right to create such an ugly film

From birth, (we) carry name(s) given by the Buddha
The story of (our) ancestors still remain on (our) forehead(s)

The Epic of Gesar circulates within (our) blood vessel
The will of the people of the Land of the Snow are carved on the sword

It is shame that I have lost some parts of the traditional faith
But I have held firmly in my heart the sun that never sets
The fragrance of milk tea guides my directions

Face to face with the beautiful moon on the edge of the sky
Butter lamp,
Like the bright stars in the night sky
Sons and daughters of the Land of Snow
The lion will be rising soon

Bring your hands together
Silently recite the mantra
Go make a pilgrimage
Turn into an eagle to fly in the sky

Let us make offerings on top of the mountains
To save the civilization which could be gone soon

Oh—-
This is the man from the snow mountains
My beloved man from the snow mountains

Oh—
This is the man from the land of snow
My beloved man from the land of snow
(End of song)

(Words on the Screen)
This song is for the entire crew of “Tibet’s Secret”
Hope (we) respect each other
Build a harmonious society together

Produced by Sheep Dung

More Information
‘Respect by Sheep Dung’ screened on Al Jazeera TV

More on ‘Respect by Sheep Dung’ on High Peaks Pure Earth

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1 Response » to “Respect by Sheep Dung”

  1. Leah Petitti says:

    Powerful, beautiful, heartfelt, poignant, piercing epic

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