With the police investigating teen rape allegations, Kris Wu‘s (吴亦凡) idol image is already shattered and all of his brand endorsements terminated. The sexual assault claims made by his ex-flame, 19-year-old influencer Du Meizhu (都美竹), damaged his image and reputation while erasing his work opportunities. After the firestorm erupted, there is little chance he will be able to remain in the entertainment industry.
Although Kris denied the allegations, his studio’s attempts to clarify the issue have been futile. After coming under fire by CCTV, he was publicly denounced by the largest newspaper group in China, The People’s Daily.
Since his debut, Kris has accumulated a large fanbase through the years and released many works. However, The People’s Daily noted that he lacks professional and work ethics, and is not a respectable or talented artiste who can be represented through his works.
Instead, it is through the deliberate image design of his studio that Kris has been able to continue having a career in the entertainment industry. Although this claim may be subjective, the newspaper outlet went on to denounce him for not being a better role model to his 50 million Weibo followers.
Taking a stance on the legality of the matter, The People’s Daily went on to state that regardless of whether Kris is convicted, he is no longer suitable to appear on public platforms, as he does not uphold a healthy or morally sound image for his young fans.
Despite the extreme stance and harsh words by the media, many netizens sided with this perspective.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.