Frequently sharing opinions on trending topics through his social media updates, producer and scriptwriter Yu Zheng (于正) is no stranger to courting controversy – but it looks like his eagerness to be in the limelight has gotten his own artistes in hot water this time round!
Claims All Huan Yu Artistes Are “Straight A Students”
With CCTV’s condemnation of “hopeless illiterate” celebrities in an online post, which implicated idols Wang Yibo (王一博), Rosy Zhao Lusi (趙露思) and Liu Haocun (劉浩存), the Huanyu Film founder jumped on the bandwagon and expressed in a lengthy post that one has to “accept that life is impermanent”. When a netizen politely commented that he could not understand the extremely wordy post, he responded that “My Weibo is a great read, of course (excluding) the hopeless illiterates!” in a reference to the saga.
When other netizens replied asking if there are any such “hopeless illiterates” in his company, the 45-year-old confidently replied, “No, I supervise (them) to study at every moment, and have to submit a report to me from time to time, sometimes up to ten thousand words…(they have to) do their homework for every drama”, finally ending on the note “Huan Yu only has Straight A students and no illiterates”.
Curious netizens who played detective and researched on Huan Yu Film’s stable of artistes then discovered actress Wu Jinyan (吳謹言) is the only university graduate among them, while his two most popular artistes Bai Lu (白鹿) and Xu Kai (許凱) are both non-graduates. Actress Bai Lu graduated from a vocational school, while Xu Kai, who had secured a place in South China Agricultural University, eventually withdrew from the school due to family matters. He was once slammed for writing two of the three characters in “Mala Soup Pot” erroneously, when autographing for a fan.
While the public has likely forgotten these episodes, Yu Zheng ironically brought them to the fore with his words, evoking ridicule from netizens who remarked that he has put his artistes in a bad light.