Taking part in popular reality program Chinese Restaurant <中餐廳>, Zhao Liying’s (趙麗穎) participation in the fourth season received quite a bit of media attention since she rarely films variety shows. Following the negative publicity she received for her poor chopstick etiquette on Chinese Restaurant, Liying is also upset by the marketing tactics and has terminated any future promotional activities related to the show.
The 32-year-old actress fumed when the production crew purposely edited the promotional clips and trailers to highlight Liying’s negative qualities. For example, in one promotional clip, Liying was seen scooping food into her mouth from a bowl using chopsticks – an act that is regarded as ill-mannered in public. Keen-eyed fans noticed that the images and clips looked like they were purposely cut that way to highlight controversy for the show at the expense of Liying’s image.
Making amends, the show’s publicity team released a short apology on Weibo stating that they were at fault for misleading the public and claimed that the team at Chinese Restaurant is very supportive of Liying, and will ensure nothing of this sort will occur again.
Liying’s studio and many of the actress’ fans were unsatisfied with the apology and claimed that the post on Weibo lacked sincerity. Voicing their disappointment with Chinese Restaurant’s production team, Liying’s studio announced that they will officially stop all promotional activities for the show.
Visibly bothered by the negativity, the actress also spoke out about the issue and curtly responded, “I’m not here to film a reality show–I’m here to open a restaurant with everyone.”
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com