Here’s How To Make Your Spare Legos Fight Chinese Censorship
You probably have some spare Legos lying around. Literally. They’re scattered all over the floor waiting to stab you in the foot at any moment. So why not mail them to China and teach your kid a valuable lesson about cleaning up toys while also helping an internationally renowned artist create an exhibit on free speech? It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
A longtime challenger of his country’s communist party, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei dabbles in the medium of Lego when he’s not busy making documentaries about China’s concealed corruption or being imprisoned under dubious charges of “tax evasion.” Weiwei was about to create a Lego art exhibit in Australia dedicated to free speech and political dissidents, but the toymaker refused his bulk order of their bricks, telling him it “cannot approve the use of Legos for political works.”
The Internet, as it sometimes does, quickly came to Weiwei’s rescue, with supporters of the activist offering to send him their extra Legos from all over the world. Yesterday, Weiwei decided to take everyone up on their generosity, posting to Twitter an address where you can mail your Legos: 258 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100015.
Yes, mailing your kid’s Legos to China without discussing it with them first is probably a bad idea. But if they’ve totally given up on finishing that 1,500-piece LEGO Star Wars Five X-Wing, why not let them off the hook while also providing a valuable lesson on global politics? Maybe you can find a way to slip their Bop It in there too. That thing has got to get out of the house.