Rush the turret
To intentionally publish political satire and sensitive material, in the complete understanding of the danger of the post (and the user’s account) being erased or censored. The term comes from League of Legends fandom, where players whose characters are not completely established attack an enemy turret, rushing to their near-certain death. Similar to in the multi-player video game, netizens may jointly rush the turret in protest, as they did on the Guangzhou Communist Youth League’s Weibo account in reaction to their January 29 post about Xi Jinping’s meeting with the WHO chief to talk about efforts to stop the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Quora-like platform Zhihu is has actually been a popular site for group turret-rushing. In December 2019, a Zhihu user developed a Q&A page asking, “How do you thoroughly clean up a narrow-necked bottle (xì jǐng píng 细颈瓶)?”, alluding homophonously to Xi Jinping (Xí Jìnpíng 习近平). The page drew in dozens of actions, significantly from self-proclaimed chemists suggesting different solvents and asking follow-up concerns regarding the measurements of the “bottle.” The page gathered a minimum of 47 replies before Zhihu took it down for “breaking the appropriate web laws and policies.” In a later Zhihu turret-rushing, recorded in April 2020, somebody asked, “If you resided in Hitler’s Germany, would you withstand?” Among the 39 replies, one user composed, “I don’t even attempt today.”