Ahok Goes Social

by indonotes

On the Indonesian social media news site Boomee there is an Interesting social media case study (in Indonesian) looking at the reaction to Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), a Chinese Indonesian Christian becoming Governor of Jakarta following the rise of former Governor Joko Widodo to President.

Whilst there have been violent street demonstrations by the irascible Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam) and allies, this is a reminder that other voices have more creative ways to get their voices heard.

Notable among the contributions are a couple of catchy songs that have gone viral online. Yet although these videos are supportive of Ahok in their message, they could themselves be accused of bad taste (a stereotyped Chinese character in one, references to ‘slanted eyes’ (mata sipit) in the other).