Move bitch! Get out da way! For anyone who drives in Atlanta traffic, the 2002 hit song from ATL rapper Ludacris sums up what everyone is thinking while trying to get around A-Town. Tránh Ra Cho Bố Đi by Mew Amazing is pretty much the Vietnamese version of Move Bitch. It is a song about the wackiness of driving in Vietnamese traffic. Getting around in Vietnamese traffic is definitely an interesting experience.
There are a few things that one should know about driving in Vietnam. First off, it's a dog-eat-dog world out there navigating through Vietnamese traffic. If you're not an assertive driver, then you're going to have a tough time getting around. Good luck trying to wait for an opening to make a left turn. Instead, people usually just weave through traffic while turning left without stopping. Vietnamese traffic operates around the idea of organized chaos. From the outside looking in, it can look very daunting when no one seems to follow any rules of the road. Drivers running red lights, driving on the wrong side of the road, and driving on the sidewalk are some common things that you will see in Vietnam on a daily basis. For a large portion of the population, the "no cop, no stop" rule is not just a saying but a way of life. As long as everyone moves in an understood manner, the chaos works. Following strict rules is less important than keeping the flow of traffic moving.
Speaking of cops, Mew Amazing warns drivers to watch out for "Pika Pika Chiuuu." In the US, pig is a derogatory slang term for a police officer. That got me thinking. Why would Mew Amazing call the police Pika Chiu? Could it be because of the tan uniforms worn by Vietnamese traffic cops are similar in color to the Pokémon Pikachu? Maybe, it's because they like to "pick up you" off the streets like the E.via song to randomly shake you down for money like how the Pikachus that roam Nguyễn Huệ Pedestrian Street do to tourists.
Anyways, driving in Vietnam can be very stressful. Not only do you have to worry about being stopped by the police, there's also all that cursing and honking that goes on. Dealing with the shenanigans of other drivers is something that everyone has to deal with. Being cursed at and honked at -- that happens to everyone. However, some things are unique to Vietnam like drivers jostling for a shaded position under a tree at a stoplight. I can't say I have ever elbowed a man just to get some relief from the sun, but I guess that's the norm in Vietnam.
Also, the honking in the US is rather tame compared to what goes on in Vietnam. Honking in the US is usually reserved for rare occasions when someone really screws up. In Vietnam, you will hear honking from sunrise to sunset. Whereas honking in the US basically just means "F*ck you," honking in Vietnam is a normal part of driving and a way to communicate.
Mew Amazing is a pretty wacky guy. Therefore, it's only natural that he would put out wacky MVs for his songs. For some people who aren't familiar with the weirder side of Asian pop culture, the wacky tone of this MV might be a little off-putting. But if you like weird Asian pop music like Crayon Pop (like I do), then this MV might be for you. Just keep it a secret from others because they might not understand it. When I'm watching weird Asian MVs, I like to stay incognito like the Vietnamese aunties who completely cover themselves from head to toe when riding their motorbikes as displayed in this MV. Sometimes it's easier just to ALT+F4 in a panic and say that you were watching porn than it is to tell people that you like watching weird Asian pop MVs like this one.