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China's take on Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance': appalling or brilliant?

In this handout image provided by Getty Images, Lady Gaga performs at A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton the iconic Hollywood Bowl on October 15, 2011 in Los Angeles

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There's often a fine line between the appalling and the brilliant. I contend this cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" (broadcast on television in the central Chinese province of Hunan) accidentally falls on the good side of that line.

What more can you ask for than a life-sized dollhouse filled with happy folks doing what appears to be the Macarena while singing Lady Gaga in what I'm told is local Hunanese dialect?

Young women in ballerina outfits pretending to play musical instruments, you say? Hunan TV has that too! Click here to see the whole video.

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(Despite the decidedly off-topic nature of this post, please feel free to continue the "China is great! China is horrible!" argument in the comments section below.)

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Mark MacKinnon is currently based in London, where he is The Globe and Mail's Senior International Correspondent. In that posting he has reported on the Syrian refugee crisis, the rise of Islamic State, the war in eastern Ukraine and Scotland's independence referendum.Mark recently spent five years as the newspaper's Beijing correspondent. More

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