Celebrity Infidelity Scandal: “Wife’s Father” Begs Media


From NetEase:

Ma Yili’s Father Forgives Wen Zhang: I Beg You All to Stop Hounding Us

NetEase Entertainment April 1st report — On the night of March 30th, Wen Zhang posted a statement admitting to having been unfaithful to his wife, and expressed that he would actively work towards making up for it. On the night of March 31st, Wen Zhang again updated his Weibo, calling out the two Southern Metropolis Entertainment Weekly editors Chen Chaohua and Xie Xiao, his first two remarks seemingly begging them: “Dear leaders [general honorific term for people in positions of power/decision-making, referring to the two editors], I was wrong, and the wrong is all on me alone! You two are both parents, may I ask when this can all end [referring to the continued attention the magazine was devoting to his scandal]?” But then his tone turned hard: “If you want to play, play with me, don’t involve anyone else, I’ll play with you! I’m lowly scum and will play with you to the end!” After the Affair-Gate exploded, Wen Zhang has stayed in Shanghai and has not returned home to see Ma Yili. April 1st, Wen Zhang arrived in Beijing from Shanghai. That afternoon, just as Wen Zhang arrived in Beijing, Ma Yili’s father posted a long letter on Weibo, “begging you all to let go of [stop hounding] our family, stop hounding our children.”

Ma Yili’s father reveals that Wen Zhang has obtained Ma Yili’s forgiveness

Ma Yili’s father’s Weibo account is “Yili’s Father”. His long post was titled “A letter to leaders Chen Chaohua and Xie Xiao”. Among the text: “Several days ago we saw the news and just from the photos themselves, we thought it was just the usual sensationalist hype/gossip and didn’t take it seriously. It wasn’t until Wen Zhang proactively confessed to us admitting to his mistake that we realized it was true. The hurt this mistake has caused our family is easy to imagine.”

He revealed that Ma Yili has already forgiven Wen Zhang: “As long as Wen Zhang genuinely repents, starts afresh, and voluntarily returns to his family, that will be enough and my daughter will take him back, as life still has to be lived.”

Questions why Southern Metropolis Entertainment Weekly is unwilling to spare them

Ma Yili’s father says he kept thinking the matter would die down, not expecting that the moment Wen Zhang issued his apology statement, “the two leaders [editors] continued to hound them”. He then called Southern Metropolis Entertainment Weekly into question: “Leader Chen asked Wen Zhang, ‘I don’t understand, what is your intention in posting this Weibo post?” but you people nonetheless specifically did interviews for this very matter, as well as micro-discussions or whatever (actually, I don’t know what this is, I had a younger friend help me open even this Weibo account, and this is my first post), as if you are the supreme judge of our family out to try us in court, even appropriating my daughter’s “to be seized/cherished” to repeatedly make sentences on your Weibo (someone told me this is called ‘Yili style’), so I too want to ask, “I don’t understand, what is your intention in doing all of this?” You people taking all of this out spreading it in the media, is to prove what? It isn’t proper. What is your goal in doing all this? To force them as a couple to get divorced? Or to rid the people of evil?”

[Note: “Yili style” above refers to a new Chinese internet meme where different details are substituted into the structure of Ma Yili’s Weibo post regarding her husband’s infidelity. An example is: “The plane says: Although going missing is easy, finding is not, and is to be seized/cherished.“]

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Calls to stop hounding “our children”

Ma Yili’s father emotionally appealed: “Us two, as an old couple, finally beg you people to stop hounding our family, stop hounding our children.”

In the end of the letter, Ma Yili’s father describes an incident: “Yesterday, my granddaughter suddenly said to my daughter while eating: Mommy, it says on TV that you and Daddy have already divorced? I wonder what you people as parents would feel upon hearing your own child say something like this?”

The microblog posts by Wen Zhang addressing the Southern Metropolis Entertainment Weekly editors and Ma Yili’s father were the most popular of the day and now also of the week (#3 and #4 of the week, after Wen Zhang’s original apology and Ma Yili’s public comment). Various trending topics and hashtags relating to this scandal continue to be among the most popular on the Sina Weibo microblogging platform (which has also

Comments from NetEase:

网易安徽省芜湖市手机网友 ip:36.58.*.*:

The media has gone too far.

网易湖北省武汉市手机网友 ip:59.172.*.*:

This has gone on far enough, don’t you think? I open NetEase and it is this garbage.

网易四川省成都市手机网友 ip:218.205.*.*:

Leave them alone, after all they are also normal people. Just think of how big the impact this is on the elderly parents and the child.

网易山东省莱芜市手机网友 ip:182.35.*.*:

The media is an executioner.

cvl [网易吉林省长春市手机网友]:

Just look at the desperation you’ve [the media] forced others to.


From NetEase:

Internet Exposes that Wen Zhang Has Spent 5 Million for Public Relations Management, “Yili’s Father” Identity Questioned

NetEase Entertainment April 2nd report — After cheating on his wife, Wen Zhang first apologized and then challenged the media, angrily accusing [the media responsible] of being lowly scum. On April 1st (Tuesday), Weibo account “Yili’s Father” also published a long post regarding this matter, on one hand questioning if Southern Metropolis‘s actions were to “sprinkle salt on the wound” and “force the couple to divorce”, and also stating that “Wen Zhang is our son, and when our children make mistakes, the parents are willing to teach them how to change.” With regards to this, many netizens were skeptical, finding the content of the post to be odd, and that perhaps it wasn’t written by Ma Yili’s father himself.

Weibo netizen “娱乐圈揭秘” explosively claimed, “Let me clearly tell everyone, the ‘Yili’s Father’ account is not Ma Yili’s actual father, but rather a public relations company hired by Wen Zhang. According to reliable information from a friend in an advertising company, Wen Zhang has already spent nearly 5 million yuan on public relations in this matter. Water army or not, it can be seen in the comments, because how can there be such bitches [real people] who simultaneously follow a gossip account and seize upon every Weibo post about Wen Zhang to reply ‘what damn business is it of yours when it comes to other people’s family?'”

[Note: The above “water army” refer to suspicions that internet comments sympathetic to Wen Zhang are fabricated and posted usually by a company or organization that offers such services.]

Comments from NetEase:

网易河南省驻马店市手机网友 ip:222.141.*.*:

This time the media is not wrong, Southern Metropolis is not wrong. Since Wen Scum is a public figure, however much love he showed off in the past is however much condemnation he deserves now. When he was showing off his love, showing off his “small man” image, how come he didn’t show it off behind closed doors? How come at that time he didn’t say it was all a private matter? That it was a family matter? Now that something bad has happened, he comes out and says it is a family matter, a private matter, bring out all sorts of incoherent moralizing. This is not how you be a person. Since you’ve chosen to be a public figure, you have to take responsibility for your words and actions. Otherwise, what kind of star/celebrity are you? If you rely on the public to make money, are you not making money off your image? If you want to be famous, don’t you also have to rely o the media to help hype you up? Why didn’t you spurn the media’s paparazzi then?

You need to remember, your fame was built on everyone believing the image of you being a good man, because everyone thought that was the true you, but now, we can thank the media for revealing your true character, because they couldn’t bear it any longer. As a man with a wife, a man with children, you being unfaithful will cause people to spurn you, especially when your wife is pregnant. This is shameless infidelity. I wonder when you are with other women if your heart has ever thought about or worried about the wife and the child in her belly at home? Regardless of whether your answer is you have or haven’t, you are already someone who is without conscience and whose morality has withered away.

If it really true that you have offered a huge amount of money to sweep this under the carpet but were rejected, then you need to know that the media are also people with a sense of righteousness, that they truly cannot continue watching and cannot continue tolerating a wife-deceiving and public-deceiving hypocrite! So I thank the media this time, I thank Southern Metropolis for exposing the truth of a moral degenerate and the complete opposite of a “good man”. This time it isn’t the media that has gone too far, but Wen Scum who has gone too far! With regards to this scandal, the media has done well! Let this be a positive warning for those men who have wives and those xiaosan who destroy other people’s families. If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it. The more you do this kind of behavior that is spurned by people around the world, the more you think about it!

网易浙江省杭州市手机网友 ip:125.122.*.*: (responding to above)

Ding this, now this is universal values!

网易浙江省湖州市手机网友 ip:123.155.*.*

I just get annoyed whenever I see news about him now. Before, he was so fucking boastful but now hasn’t he just slapped his own face? And hiring water army, and even using his father-in-law to try getting out of trouble. Those who agree with what I’m saying, give me a ding.

肯德基豪华早餐 [网易山东省青岛市手机网友]:

That the matter has developed to this point has already become the media’s fault, and if it continues to develop, will it become netizens’ fault? MD, just who was it that knocked Wen Zhang out and lifted him onto Yao Di’s bed? Hurry and show yourself! Stop slandering a good husband, a good father, and a good son-in-law!!!

网易湖南省长沙市手机网友 ip:220.202.*.*:

Let me first speak on behalf of Wen Zhang’s water army: a man being unfaithful is very normal; it is the ruthless media that is violating people’s privacy; he has a child and you guys are tearing apart his family; what damn business is it of yours when it comes to other people’s family; if you have the skills, how much better it would be if you went and exposed those corrupt officials; have you found the Malaysia Airlines plane, is over 200 lives not more important than this?

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • YourSupremeCommander

    If he’s so easily forgiven, it certainly enpowers him. I say give him a year or two before he hooks up with yet another hot young chick. You know Ma Yili, you will be 2 more years older by then, if you can’t keep your husband’s dick out of someone else’s pussy now, what makes you think you can do that two years down the road? Just sayin.

    • Insomnicide

      Ma Yili’s youth has already peaked. Won’t be long before she’s old and ugly. I guess in a few years time Wen Zhang will make the headlines once more.

      • mr.wiener

        Hmm. I think she’ll age well, she just has to find some guy who is not so young he still lets his little head do all the thinking.

      • Surfeit

        He’s not exactly a looker himself, aye. Shooting above his weight on both ends.

        • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

          Money and fame. Money and fame.

        • Womanizer

          he is a player, like me :)

    • 나비

      So just to clarify here, her husband cheats on her and youre blaming and justifying,his behavior because of her appearance and excusing his possible future adultry because of her appearance?


      • Ruaraidh

        I think he’s saying she’s naive to forgive him, not that it was her fault.

      • Germandude

        Hey Kate, you are back! Wonderful, the average IQ on chinaSmack has just increased again. Thanks.

        • Womanizer

          and a Germandude is telling us that IQ test is up to date to today’s society? What year are we in? Are we in the periods where Hitler was still in reign and he is telling us that people with low IQ should be send to a camp. COME AT ME BRAH

          • Germandude

            Wonderful reply. Initially, I wanted to reply your questions like this:


            But then, I figured, your comment is actually more than just 3 questions and a demand to reply.

            First of all, your comment certainly deserves all of the style points. Sometimes starting sentences with capital letters and sometimes not, shows the reader that you are not lacking a creative mind while fully understanding the concepts of the free world: Think by yourself and take the freedom to do as you like without hurting others. You managed this without insulting the reader as starting the first question with small letters and the other questions with capital letters.
            PLUS, your request of me coming at you is written in CAPITAL LETTERS as if you are trying to hint the reader of some kind of hidden message. Your name “Womanizer” and “COME AT BRAH” could be understood as you being a lesbian that doesn’t mind 3somes with one guy involved coming over you. Excellent, you might find what you are searching for on cS.

            Adding to the stylistic perfection come 3 questions and 3 questions only. That’s something I haven’t seen for a long time and you kind of reinvented the wheel with that. And not just that, your questions are awesome.
            Questioning IQ tests being up to date in today’s society is necessary. In fact, it has never been more important to do so. Kids with a low IQ should actually immediately be sorted out prior to school, so that those can get special courses in “How to be like Kim Kardashian and make money out of nothing”, or “I fail on chicks in real life, so why is it advantageous to pretend online, showing muscular men in my avatar and call myself Womanizer”. Stuff like that.
            The 2nd question of yours is my personal favorite. While obviously, most of the people today agree that it is the year 2014, has anybody thought about how dumb that is? I mean, there were people before Jesus Christ was born. And afterwards. Could it be the year 32 b.K.K (before Kim Kardashian)? Who knows? Hopefully smart-asses like Einstein are reborn and finally fix this issue. I feel helpless if we had to rely on guys like you trying to figure it out.

            Last but not least, your last question, that tops it all and is basically the cumshot of your post. Seriously, I need a tissue to clean the mess in front of me. You questioning that people belong into camps? Have you had a look around lately? There are people in prison camps in China and Australia. There are people in labor camps in North Korea as well as in the US.
            And finally, as if that wasn’t enough, we have camps like “The biggest loser” that are part of TV shows showing us the struggle of being better people again. In fact, you might want to go into such a camp because your avatar and nickname suggest that you suffer some kind of unhealthy uncertainty.

            10/10, your post was close to the most awesome stuff I read in my life. I seriosly came over my keyboard and as like after sex, I gotta get out for a smoke now. Thanks for sharing. ;-)

          • Womanizer

            no worries buddy so i’m getting lectured by a germandude about my sexuality and telling me that i fail on chicks?

            first let me tell that i am not a lesbian or anything that is represented by the doucheland (aka destcheland) porn industry (personally i think you are a bit werid)

            in addtion since you have stressed numeriosuly the importance of IQ test. i have to piont this out, don’t you think it’s ironic that a jewish refugee developed this ( sorry i just had to do it, no racist intentions ! :) i personally think it’s wrong to evluate people on their IQ. these test will hinder a person’s self estem in which deviate their goals. yes, i do agree with you that it is helpful in many aspect of the scoeity especially in the industries where quick, logical and rational is been employed. but what you don’t realize it’s souly wrong to judge a person by their IQ.

            FINALLY I WOULD I LIKE TO SAY WHY BOTHER CONVINCE A Germandude whose Vaterland brought the world two great wars and many other wonderful things. also i learned something else from you today sir. you are into cumshot and some other weird fetish porn. i also realize you enojoy smoking.

            serisouly how can you still smoke in today’s society. you are killing yourself every minute now.
            eventhough i don’t like your opnion but as responsible global neighbour i feel like it’s urgent t to inform you that smoking habbit is deterimental to your health.

            i guess i will see u around germandude, good day !

            p.s hope you don’t take some my comments upseting, i hope you are not. after all ain’t you man? btw while you are going at that destch porn why don’t you drink some heinken too :)

          • Germandude

            Man, I don’t know. My comment to Kate increasing “the average IQ on chinaSmack” was meant to be a compliment to her as I was surprised seeing her back on here again since I really value her opinions. She is one of the best commenters on this blog I think.

            I have no idea why you had to jump in, picking on that (IQ) and now interpreting so much into my reply to you.
            As a matter of fact, your reply confused me and initially I thought I ignore it, but I am getting tired of all those Nazi-references, because they are the escape lane of the intellectually challenged.

            Now I don’t hold any grudges towards you (who are you to me?), but your weird reply to me deserved my weird reply to you. We are even now. Don’t take it personally.

            I ignore the rubbish you typed from line 3 on and hope we can simply move on?

          • Womanizer

            no worries, i hope there was no damage done between us. good day!

          • mr.wiener

            All I thought after reading that stream of consciousness babble was: Heineken is from the Netherlands isn’t it?

            Have a happy tomb sweeping day

          • Womanizer

            lol, just realize that Heineken is dutch lol

          • mr.wiener

            Of course you did.
            I figure you as more of a “Coopers” drinker.

          • Womanizer

            nah bro, i drink the bud light.

          • mr.wiener

            Ahh, the old “sexual intercourse in a canoe” brew.

          • Womanizer

            you funny old man :)

          • mr.wiener

            *sigh* Do we have to go there?

          • Womanizer

            sorry wont happen again, i felt like it was nessary to get anger off my chest, every goddamn time some guy comes along with comments like “chinaSmack IQ has just elevated “by someone because they commented especially a germandude does it.

      • Zappa Frank

        seems he says she is asking to be betrayed again with this reaction of forgiveness.

      • Rick in China

        Are you intentionally twisting his logic?

        This is nothing more than a common case of adultery and doesn’t deserve headlines, and in common cases of adultery the guy is obviously going to be like “oh I’m so sorry I have failed you blahblahblah” in more cases than not, and Commander’s point is – if the dumb bitch says “I forgive you” so quickly, he will very quickly think “Haha, easy, just have to learn from that and be sneakier next time” – being overly lenient does not teach any lesson, and only begs for repeat offence. You disagree with that logic? You don’t teach a dog not to shit on your carpet by saying “oh it’s ok lil guy please don’t do it next time” in a soft voice every time he *shits on your carpet*, you rub his nose nearby so he smells that shit real close and smack his ass or thwap ’em in the nose, then take him where he should be shitting and say good boy good boy. In this case, dumb bitch was quick to “I forgive you”, and ugly midget will follow-up with continued shitting on her carpet. She can only hope he doesn’t bring home some herpes as an anniversary present. Someone has to teach her a lesson on husband control – throw him to the curb, make him beg to come home, make him beg for a year, if my wife caught me cheating I’m sure she’d snip my balls off.

        • YourSupremeCommander

          Right on brother.

        • 나비

          Well that was…..a bit angry and a tad frustrated sounding. I understand what you are saying about what his comment is saying but only the first sentence is where he mentions he shouldnt be easily forgiven. The rest is just about how her appearance. Eh but I guess it is silly to dissect a CS commment, like trying to dig a hole to China.

          • Rick in China

            I’m always angry sounding – surprisingly it works very well in my profession, I’m the same way in real life, albeit a little (just a ilttle) less offensive :)

            Actually, I’m far from frustrated, though – my past has been that of a ‘cavorter’, and had I wanted to I’d continue to be on..but since marriage & baby I’ve absolutely no interest, baby is priority, and wife & I put effort into keeping everything else active.

            I don’t think the *point* of his comment was about her appearance, that was just a sorta blunt force ‘wake up bitch’ type ending to an otherwise lucid point, just like my endings – I often start with one point, then end with an insult, it’s just kinda how comments on ChinaSmack tend to end up for some posters here..or at least me.

      • mr.wiener

        Damn, welcome back Kate.

      • Gordon Gogodancer

        i don’t believe that’s what he’s saying at all.

      • YourSupremeCommander

        FAIL. I just wanted you to know that.

    • China_girlz_r_easy

      “a man being unfaithful is very normal”

      Do all mainland Chinese think that way ?

      • Womanizer

        i think our username says it all

      • My wife does. She says that is why she is so tough on me and needs to control everything. As young girls they are taught to be in charge and know what is happening. Because Chinese men the first chance they get when older is to indulge some fantasy about silly young girls and take everything and run off – leaving you with nothing and being screwed over. She admits it is not really a need in a place like Australia – but if you are a young girl growing up in China in the 80’s and in that environment and your mother grew up in an environment before – that is the mindset that is prevalent. Chinese men are morally weak and can’t control their dicks and ail screw you over.

  • Markus Peg

    So what her father forgives, what about her, he humiliated her….
    He took the wrong path and fell off it, what happens to him now will and should taint him for a long time to come, you cannot get out of such things so easily or by throwing money at the problem.

  • Insomnicide

    NetEase…you really are at ease.


    BUKKAKE is not a crime…please leave them alone

    • mr.wiener

      Just checking to make sure you are the original Fred Fong. If the other one shows up he’ll be moderated. One Fred is quite enough.

      • The FRED FONG


      • I say… Shanghaiist moderators need more wiener.

  • Surfeit

    Are their English names Hilary and Bill?

  • bujiebuke

    Every time an asian celeb. scandal hits the news I think, “who are these people?”. Here’s something worth reading,


    • Cameron

      Same here. I guess it’s partly because I dont watch Chinese TV – I can’t look past the laughable production and hammy acting. And Chinese without subtitles is difficult and noisy. Same for the music.

    • Rick in China

      I saw that a couple days ago on TYT, that shit is TERRIBLE. I hope that mother fucker (or child fucker I should say?) buys a lot of security, there should be mobs out to lynch him.. what a terrible fucking human, he gets “rehabilitation” and zero prison time, but the children get a ilfe sentence of mental distress due to the fact their own father fucking raped them. INFURIATING to know this shit goes on. Du Pont. If his entire family doesn’t excommunicate him they all deserve to burn in a fire of smug self worth.

      • bujiebuke

        For once, I completely agree with you. There are multiple levels of fuckery with that story. For context, Wilmington, Delaware, the city that spawned this filth of a human being, was once literally owned by DuPont, when it was still a private company. The family had estates covered from the north to south of Wilmington and they had their fingers dipped into every facet of policy making in that city. It would not be a surprise if his last name was still able to influence the local politicians.

        Unfortunate that this little toad has tarnished the good reputation his family and the company established in the last century. But don’t let me distract Chinasmack, let’s talk about the extramarital affairs of some random shitty actor.

    • Irvin

      Money talk and bullshit walk, I see it has prevail to this day.

    • whuddyasack

      Reminds me a little of the Colin Thatcher case. It’s unbelievable what the rich and powerful can get away with.

    • Insomnicide

      Hey, Korean singers are pretty famous these days…

  • Cameron

    I just don’t understand women’s decision making sometimes.
    By all accounts, he was relatively a nobody before she hooked up with him. He is not good looking. Nor, apparently, is he a particularly good actor.

    She should dump him and move on. There must be thousands of good men in China who are looking for a good looking woman and would make decent stepfather.

    At the very least kick him out for a few months. Remember, like all adulterers, he is no doubt EXTREMELY sorry he was caught and the resultant shame and embarrassment, and harm to his career – NOT that he did it in the first place.

  • China_girlz_r_easy

    “a man being unfaithful is very normal”

    LOL, do all mainland Chinese think that way?

  • bujiebuke

    what… what did you just make me watch and waste a minute of my life that I’ll never get back?

    • Paul Schoe

      Thanks for the remark. I saved that minute now for something else ;-)

    • YourSupremeCommander

      I would tap that, wouldn’t you?

  • Zappa Frank

    come on, for one time he has been discovered how many times it all worked perfectly? besides how to justify a trip in another country while your wife is pregnant?

  • mr.wiener

    is this just a rationalization so you can post one of your cheesy vids on here?
    God ,get a life. [pot calling the kettle black I know]

  • Jahar

    I don’t feel pity on them for the attention from the media, nor would I expect the media to respect their privacy. When you choose to live your life in the public spotlight, you can’t expect that to go away when interesting things happen. Not that I find this crap interesting, but many people do.

  • Womanizer

    what guy, the guy in profile picture?

    • NeverMind

      Mike Chang’s fat burning videos and advice is good, but recently he’s been on the juice as can be seen from the latest videos and pics. The shoulders are a dead giveaway. I used to be into bodybuilding, but now it looks very unnatural to me.