Chinese elderly citizens' choir covers Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance"

Video Link: "Lao Lai Qiao Gaga," from Hunan TV, China. (via @Theremina)


  1. “Elderly”? I saw a few gray hairs here and there, but certainly no one who appeared “elderly.” (Hmmm. Self-defense mechanism kicking in here, perhaps…)

      1. Still doesn’t mean they’re elderly! I’m getting all self-defensive with Chas on this one. 

        Great clip, though. The multitude of amateur choir groups, singing in parks on weekend mornings is one of the great things to experience in China. You can even join in.

        1. If you don’t know many Asian people, that’s what people look like in their 70s. Also, jet black dyed hair is popular for both men and women.

      2. Watch who you’re calling old, sister. Next you’ll be telling me I’m fat.

        They don’t make communists like they used to; in this instance, I’d say bring back the Cultural Revolution.

    1. Apparently they call themselves old (or are at least okay with being called old on TV): “老来俏”, right before their act in the video.

  2. I’m not familiar with Lady Gagas music (I do know who she is so I’m not totally un-hip) and I don’t understand Chinese but this made me smile this morning.  Thanks.

  3. You know, sometimes, in very special situations, only rarely however, Great-Firewall of China censorship doesn’t sound like such a horrible idea. This is one of those rare moments. This is really awful, and the cheesy lights and dancing and ‘transparent instrument-playing’ should make it funny but just makes it worse.

  4. This was absolutely amazing. I didn’t understand a word of it but the entire production made me smile. The young women dressed in sci-fi clothes playing transparent traditional instruments was just as interesting to me as the old folks in street attire singing!

  5. Yeah. I think it would be extremely naive of us, Mr. President, to imagine that these new developments are going to cause any change in Chinese expansionist policy. I mean, we must be… increasingly on the alert to prevent them from taking over other the variety show space, in order to breed more prodigiously than we do, thus, knocking us out in superior numbers when we emerge! Mr. President, we must not allow… a Variety Show gap!

  6. Given that being an elder is not regarded as such a bad thing in cultures like China, perhaps some folk could examine their own attitudes to aging. 
    It may be better to acknowledge that these people are indeed older than would be expected from folk performing bubblegum pop, and that they are capable of doing … whatever that was … than to try to outright deny that they are of advanced years. You are the one loading the stigma on to the word “elderly” that makes it seem like a pejorative to you. It’s just a description of fact. Educate yourself and your community that it’s not a bad thing!

    The WHO definition of “elderly” puts it on, about, or even lower than retirement age (depending on when that is).

    Respect your elders, celebrate them. Don’t pretend that they are not in fact, elder.

  7. Where is the modesty and decorum patrol when you need them?  These old folks should be cited for having way too much fun.   This gave me a smile and great deal of hope for the future.  We are no longer a divided world.  We are beginning to embrace all as “us.”  Will we see the occupy movement catch on in China?  I’d say the odds are high.

  8. In Xeni’s defense, the performance was titled “elderly and still sweet & pretty”.  Here’s a rough translation, @Scott Likely, I will be expecting that 1 billion dollar check in the mail…  :p

    dear kidos
    sweet-pretty-Gagas will give you a performance
    Rah, rah, ah, ah, ah
    during our performance don’t you make fun
    too many work days, hardly ever home
    on the other end of the phoneline, you are always busy
    busy, busy, busy, busy non-stop
    spouses in every day life
    need to learn to find ways to have fun
    take care of small issues
    hold on when there’s a big crisis
    must hold on
    hold hold hold, must hold on
    you kidos are watching TV
    you moms and dads are singing fine?
    tonight hold on when you watch mom and dad turn into Lady Gaga in an instant
    if you are satisfied with our performance get up and clap
    don’t let me get too nervous
    if you are happy then follow me and sing
    give us cheer and support
    dear kidos
    sweet-pretty-Gagas will give you a performance
    Rah, rah, ah, ah, ah
    during our performance don’t you make fun

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