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Liu Qian’s Gay Wong Leehom Joke on CCTV Spring Festival Gala

Chinese pianist Li Yundi and Taiwanese magician Liu Qian during the "Magic Piano" magic show at the 2013 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.

Chinese pianist Li Yundi and Taiwanese magician Liu Qian during the "Magic Piano" magic show at the 2013 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.

One of the biggest trending topics on popular Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo and the overall Chinese internet during this year’s CCTV Spring Festival Gala show…

From NetEase:

Liu Qian and Li Yundi “Get Leehom” Line Falls Descends Into Rashomon Effect

At CCTV’s Year of Snake Spring Festival Gala last night, magician Liu Qian‘s teasing of pianist Li Yundi and singer Wong Leehom has become the hottest topic of the show. Then at noon today, a reporter from CQnews.net found that a netizen exposed that just as Liu Qian finished his magic show and went backstage, Wong Leehom charged up to him and slapped him on the face, with those around simply unable to restrain him!

Ever since Li Yundi and Wong Leehom played the piano together during the Year of the Dragon Spring Festival Gala in 2012, the “gay friendship” between the two has no doubt become a major focus of the entertainment world. Even though the two did not d a joint-performance again in this year’s Gala, the teasing and joking about them went on. When it came to Wong Leehom’s performance, he was teased that he was separated from Li Yundi by 19 shows. In particular, during the Li Yundi and Liu Qian joint magic show “Magic Piano“, as Li Yundi struggled to understand Liu Qian’s signals and after some whispering between them, Liu Qian unexpectedly shouted to the entire country’s audience, “Looking for someone? Get Leehom!” Li Yundi immediately looked awkward, forcing Liu Qian to save the situation, “Sorry, sorry, this year, it’s me, I haven’t got a hold of Dong Qing.” With regards to Liu Qian’s show, netizens applauded it as the best part of the night, greatly amusing everyone.

But on KDNet discussion forum this noon [February 11], this reporter found that a netizen had posted a screenshot saying Liu Qian Liu has “gotten himself into big trouble.” In the screenshot, a netizen named “黑色微笑” revealed on his weibo that something happened at that night’s CCTV Spring Festival Gala: “Wong Leehom found Liu Qian backstage and gave him a huge slap.” Soon other netizens claimed that they were also at the scene, that Dong Qing was changing clothes backstage at the time, while Guo Degang and Yu Qian were rehearsing their lines, that “none of them made a sound,” while “Leehom could not be restrained”.

Chinese pianist Li Yundi and Taiwanese magician Liu Qian during the "Magic Piano" magic show at the 2013 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.

CCTV Spring Festival Gala Official Microblog Issues Statement

This reporter then noticed that in the hour after the end of the Spring Festival Gala, the official microblog of the CCTV Spring Festival Gala made a statement that they have already deleted that particular segment. The microblog also issued a special statement: “In the just ended Year of Snake CCTV Spring Festival Gala, the part where Liu Qian teased Li Yundi and Wong Leehom was not planned by the directing team but rather an on-the-spot improvisation and purely individual act of Liu Qian. The replay of the show has already had that segment cut.”

Was “Get Leehom” pre-planned or not? Every side has already fallen into the Rashomon effect. According to the media, Li Yundi has denied that the line was scripted and claims it was improvised. “I also didn’t know what he would be saying”. However, Liu Qian for his part denies it was something he added impromptu, “No, this was something that was previously already rehearsed”. (Source: CQNews)

Video of the “Magic Piano” segment on the 2013 CCTV Spring Festival Gala:

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Liu Qian makes the joke suggesting homosexuality between Li Yundi and Wong Leehom at ~8:10 in this video…

Comments on NetEase:

网易辽宁省大连市网友 ip:116.3.*.*

Stop fighting, everybody already knows it.

网易浙江省杭州市网友 ip:125.120.*.*

This society lost its moral and bottom-lines long ago. It’s just performers outing someone’s homosexuality and then getting in a fight over it! A little impromptu improvisation still won’t touch the bottom-line! So continue adding improvisations!

wgwi007 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

Gays go together for a lifetime; you know everything when you hear “homo”; a juhua, a blanket, a moan, ik ku yo [Japanese: “I’m coming!”]!

专撸局局长 [网易河南省郑州市网友]:

Those who thing the slap was deserved, ding!

正王之王 [网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友]:

One look and you can tell Leehom plays the male [top] role, and Yundi is the that is turned around.

别吃三叶虫 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

Know why the piano suddenly stopped and then Yundi stuck his head out? If not for this “Get Leehom” line then what?

网易广西手机网友: (responding to above)

Yeah, why else would he suddenly stop playing the piano and stick out his head if not for that line? If it weren’t planned beforehand, why would Liu Qian run over there? If it weren’t planned beforehand, where did all the A4 paper that Li Yundi threw in the air come from? A bunch of SB.

网易浙江省杭州市手机网友: (responding to above)

I think so too. The part of sticking his head out was completely unnecessary.

网易辽宁省本溪市网友:

Fuck your mother, Liu Qian, you’re nothing but a traveling con artist, just looking at your face makes me want to slap it. You motherfucking are nothing more than a vaudeville swindler who makes a living traveling around. Hurry and die, motherfucker, just seeing you disgusts me…

网易山东省临沂市网友: (responding to above)

Why do you hate Liu Qian this much? Did he fuck your mother or your wife?

Chinese pianist Li Yundi and Taiwanese magician Liu Qian during the "Magic Piano" magic show at the 2013 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.

Chinese pianist Li Yundi and Taiwanese magician Liu Qian during the "Magic Piano" magic show at the 2013 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.

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