Han Han, the influential writer, race-car driver, and now social commentator, tells Southern Metropolis Weekly (English | 中文) that some of his recent commentary was designed to deflect the immediate deletions that come with controversial statements on Chinese web platforms:
Q: You once said that the first two essays were padding, while the last essay was the end goal?
A: If you only write the last essay (including <My 2011>), it will surely be deleted. When something gets deleted, it has no value. You can boast on the heroes’ honor roll that you wrote another censored essay and that you were victimized once again. Many rightists rank themselves on the basis of the degree of persecution. This is a somewhat pathetic ranking. The ultimate height in sexual intercourse is the climax. You cannot let someone climax as soon as they read it. You need your padding.
The interview is a good read, as Han Han takes on the rightists, the leftists, and the intellectuals.