Shu Qi (舒淇) was considered to be an innocent bystander who was harmed amidst an earlier verbal crossfire between Vincent Zhao (赵文卓) and Donnie Yen (甄子丹). Shu Qi sided with Donnie, whereby a mysterious figure quickly retaliated by widely circulating online Shu Qi’s old nude photos from her early Category III career. Although Shu Qi issued a message to her fans stating that she was no longer emotionally distressed, the online community was rife with speculations as to who had uploaded Shu Qi’s nude photos, not even sparing Vincent Zhao or Donnie Yen from the suspect list!
“The Usual Suspects”
The retaliation against Shu Qi, by circulating her nude photos, has been branded as an act of “cyber violence.” Netizens speculated which parties would benefit the most from the act and carried the greatest motive. Vincent Zhao’s public relations team was one of the suspects, since Shu Qi had sided with Donnie Yen in their war of words. However, netizens were quick to point out that such a theory would indicate that Vincent’s public relations had no brains, as the ramifications would be too serious!
Another outrageous theory pointed to Donnie Yen, who may benefit from making Shu Qi into a “cannon fodder” and shifting focus from his own role in Vincent’s accusations blasting Donnie’s professional work ethics.
Due to the recent outbreak of scandals in the entertainment industry, the online community considered that nothing was impossible. Anything that can be imagined was possible. Another wild theory pointed to Shu Qi herself, in which she “committed suicide” by re-circulating her scandalous photos to generate publicity. Netizens noted that Shu Qi’s nude photos have surfaced many times over the past decade, yet her reaction–including the deletion of over 1,000 Weibo blog posts–appeared to be more emotional than in the past, which sparked netizens’ suspicions.
Another group of netizens postulated that perhaps Shu Qi had offended another influential figure, thus the person reacted with “cyber violence.”
Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao Respond
Amidst the outrageous theories regarding who was the mysterious figure or party that had circulated Shu Qi’s nude photos, Shu Qi’s manager declined to respond over the matter. Shu Qi’s friends in the entertainment circle, as well as “suspects” Vincent Zhao and Donnie Yen spoke out against “cyber violence” while attempting to clear their own names in the matter.
Donnie Yen stated, “Thank you friends for supporting me. Because of your sense of justice, it has implicated you in the matter. Facing the out of control violence in the internet, I feel powerless, sad, and angry! As I stated last week, ‘No bullies here would be better! People who act maliciously will self-destruct. Beware!'”
Vincent Zhao stated, “From the beginning to end of the matter, what I have done has been upright. I target the matter and not the person. Even if someone were to forward photos involving my family and young children, I will insist on this point. Hopefully the relevant technical staff can release the IP addresses of the person(s) who circulated the photos and made the [malicious comments]. At least minimize the trouble of the involved party, while clearing the name of the innocent person. Micro-blogging has become an established system, thus it is not difficult to follow the stated procedures.”
Director Gordan Chan (陈嘉上) indicated, “I am opposed to violence, including the use of verbal and written words to harm other people. Regarding the people who wish to hurt Shu Qi, I can only say that you are poor and ridiculous! Yesterday, we were only able to see Shu Qi ‘s beauty and your ugliness. Pathetic!”
Director Wong Jing (王晶) has also deleted his blog messages as a gesture protesting against the “cyber violence” shown towards Shu Qi.
No doubt the retaliation towards Shu Qi has made her a victim of aggressive cyber tactics. Fortunately many of Shu Qi’s friends and fans rallied to show their support, whereby she expressed gratitude in all the people who have indicated their concern.
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Jayne: Acts of “cyber violence” or “cyber bullying” happen to everyone, including celebrities. Due to their fame and close contact offered by social platforms such as Weibo, celebrities receive a lot of hateful messages as well.
Some of the theories regarding the suspects of who leaked Shu Qi’s photos may be said in jest, but Vincent Zhao appeared to take the allegations quite seriously.