A recent public argument between Chinese martial arts film stars Vincent Zhao and Donnie Yen over the upcoming movie Special Identity has resulted in another famous Chinese movie star Shu Qi deleting her Sina Weibo microblog account with over 10 million followers.
She had posted on her Weibo support for Donnie Yen, leading to Chinese netizens who supported Zhao to attack her over her history of softcore pornography, before she had achieved mainstream success. In response, she deleted all of her microblog posts and unfollowed everyone she had been following, quitting the microblogging service.
Shu Qi quits Weibo, let me say something in defense of Shu Qi
First, I am not a fan of Shu Qi .
Second, I support Uncle Zhao.
Finally, I am just a passerby who like going on Tianya.
That this conflict between two men has for no reason at all pulled in a woman, I am a bit speechless.
I know Shu Qi’s photographs were not posted in retribution by those supporting Zhao, but had been dug up by others long ago.
I also know Shu Qi is someone who became famous through taking off her clothes, who relied on nudity to get into the industry.
I also know that since she’s gone naked, she should be prepared for people to dig [those photos] out at any time, even though she has already worked hard to put her clothes on back one at a time [worked hard to change her past image].
But I want to say that those people who keep using such-and-such photo to attack her, can’t you be a little forgiving?
She did make mistakes, and she should bear the consequences.
But has she not? When the media interviews her, they have never shied away from bringing up her past, and hasn’t she faced it all?
Her clothes were not all put back on in a split second [metaphor for improving her past image/reputation], she’s been putting them on for many years, so has she really not paid the price for the past?
She actually has never completely broken away from the image of a star that started with nudity, but you guys insist on digging up her past photographs to again rip off her clothes one by one?
Some people say her deleting her Weibo messages one by one and deleting who she follows is her trying to get sympathy and whatever.
I can only say it doesn’t matter, she is just a woman trying her hardest to break free from the past.
Why can’t you all be a little more forgiving in your treatment of her? Who has not made mistakes?
“Goddess” was not a title she gave herself, and if she were to dare say she is a goddess, I would spit all over her face, but why are all of these things blamed on her?
Isn’t Sola Aoi that you gossipy male comrades love so much also a goddess in many men’s hearts?
And those talking about conspiracy theories and PR crisis, don’t you think your imaginations are a little too abundant?
Every person, more or less have one or two things they don’t want to face and want to avoid.
Just like a petty thief who does jail time, comes out, works hard to make a living, trying to break away from the past, and someone says, “Oh, he used to be a thief.” He might lower his head and bear it.
But if someone says, “Look, he’s a shameless thief.” Do you guys think these two things are the same?
One should not be so harsh. Making things difficult for a woman is not impressive, there’s no need to brandish the morality cudgel every day bashing this and bashing that, are people not allowed to change after making mistakes?
Okay, I’m done, flees.
Many of Shu Qi’s past nude pornographic photos were dug up and shared by Chinese netizens. Here are a few (sorry, guys, censored) examples:
What more, an old song by Shu Qi titled 献身 xian shen ["to be devoted to" or "to give oneself to"] featuring her moaning suggestively was also dug up, amusing many netizens:
Comments from Tianya:
If every person had to bear the burden of their past mistakes on their backs for all their lives, unable to change how others see them no matter how hard they tried, then life would truly be too miserable. A mistake carried for the rest of one’s life.
As a member of the spectating masses, I will quietly say that the bigger and more messy it gets, the better, as all my entertainment recently comes from the stupid shit in entertainment circles. Jia you! Various celebrities! Let the gossip come even more fiercely!
Having been on many different sections [sub-forums] and ultimately often staying on the Gossip [sub-forum], the main reason is for the entertainment. But tonight is the first time I feel compelled to get away from the Gossip [section]. Entertainment Gossip, Entertainment Gossip, I want to ask you guys, are you all still here just for entertainment? Or is this kind of perverse [behavior] the only thing that entertains you now?? I trust not many people are like this, right? All of this is probably someone intentionally manipulating things, right? Then so easily becoming this kind of tool, the feeling should be of disgust and loathing. So what entertainment is there to speak of?
Those saying you have to pay, how much longer does Shu Qi have to pay? How is she supposed to pay? If she has made porn films, does that mean she has to make porn all her life?
This is what she chose. Having done that kind of thing in the past, she should be prepared for it now. What she herself chose, she has to pay the price for.
Enough…I saw people posting Shu Qi’s pictures before these two men’s dispute.
I very innocently want to ask the louzhu one thing: Why must netizens be forgiving of this woman? Why should we? The photos she took were for other people to look at, and now that everyone has seen them, isn’t this her original intention? Why should netizens be forgiving/lenient towards her? Whether netizens are willing to be forgiving or not, isn’t that the choice of netizens themselves? What business is it of the louzhu?? Who do you think you are, that you think you can write so much and arrogantly lecture netizens?
So what if she deleted her microblog, what’s the big deal?
If she really doesn’t want to face [the criticisms/abuse], then she should just get out of the entertainment industry.
Who does she think she is, deleting her WB pretending to be pitiful and innocent.
If in her photos she truly has exposed everything, then there isn’t anything that isn’t exposed.
If its like that and her fans still say she’s so pure and innocent, then I’m truly speechless.
Have to face it even if she doesn’t want to.
If she’s willing to do it, then she has to accept being it.
Originally I had no feelings about this.
Now that Shu Qi is pretending to be the victim deleting her WB
trying to pin the blame on Zhao, pin the blame on TY [Tianya], well that’s just too wrong.
This kind of person who isn’t willing to take responsibility for her actions shouldn’t be in the entertainment industry. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
I’m more curious about just who she offended that someone wants to punish her… It can only be said that although a lot of people had known what she had filmed in order to make herself known, they didn’t know the scale was so big…and what more, it wasn’t as if she was forced into it…
Comments from Liba:
Sigh, being in the entertainment industry, how can she be so emotionally weak?
I don’t understand why those people on Tianya refuse to leave her alone.
We can say she took herself too seriously.
She hasn’t denied that part of her past, just that its the past. Who wants to be gossiped about all day~?
Don’t say that since she filmed/took those photos in the past, she ought to have the ability to bear it. One can’t endure Tianya no matter how strong one is emotionally.
Even criminals are allowed to reform and start over, allowed to get back up after falling down, whereas she hasn’t even broken the law and committed a crime, it was just films.
Saw the pictures, the person who exposed them truly is unkind. Those who went to prison and came out, society gives them a chance to reform, but when a woman makes a past mistake, how come we don’t give her a chance?
Everyone already knows this was how she made a name for herself, and now people are publicizing these kind of photographs over something that doesn’t really have anything to do with her, just what kind of mentality is that…?
Just because you took off your clothes before, does it mean you can’t put them back on one by one ever again?
Shu Qi has a lot of power behind her, still standing without falling all these years despite the being known as a sex goddess, the people she works with all being big stars, that’s not easy at it is. But however glorious, one can’t escape the facts of the past, and this actually can be a lesson for children, that some mistakes can’t be made~
Shu Qi’s acting is really good, and I think her appearance is very unique, that she’s a really good actress. I don’t like nor understand the behavior of those crazy people who like to pick at scars.
I think I’ve gotten an idea of what this is all about… Shu Qi I generally quite like…how did it come to this? Sigh, this entertainment industry, so chaotic.
This poor woman, having worked so hard to put her clothes back on one by one, overnight they are all ripped clean off by the internet.
What do you think? Do you feel sorry for Shu Qi? Is it wrong of netizens to criticize and judge her for her past? Do you think the Tianya post is reasonable? Or arrogant for criticizing other netizens?