China Hush has published its translation of a Netease interview with Lou Jing (娄婧), the half-black Oriental Angel contestant who was the subject of a lot of online netizen character attacks, most of them extremely bigoted.
In the interview, which aired on Monday, she discussed the controversy of her personal life and skin color. Among other things, Lou Jing emphasized that her parents’ extramarital affair was completely a rumor and that the person who responded under her name in a separate KDS thread was an imposter. We’ve highlighted some of the more interesting quotes from Lou Jing below.
On two nicknames she’s had since youth, “Gong Gong” (戆戆, stupid in Shanghainese) and “Little Black” (小黑):
[“Gong Gong” is] because I do not get angry at people. For example, my mother always taught me to be generous and tolerant. So to my classmates, when I thought I was acting angry, other people would think, “This is called angry?” It’s like I can’t really get angry, and I only know how to help people. Another stupid thing is when you are good to others, they might not necessarily be good to you, but then I would think it does not matter. Anyway, I think I am good to other people then I am happy, but other people think I am stupid like that, therefore classmates gave me this nickname.
[Little Black] comes from my skin color. Only my close friends call me this, normally no one else calls me that. [It’s] not racial, because we are close, normally middle school and high school classmates that are close to me and sit around me in class call me that. But they are weird, when they heard other people calling me that, they would say “Who told you to call her that? This is our exclusive name for her.” It’s like that.
On growing up different:
Maybe when you are different, when you survive in this environment, it’s better to be transparent. It’s not being timid, it’s more not wanting to be noticed. I was like this when I was young. For example, when teacher asked us a question, I knew the correct answer but I would not raise my hand. I wanted the teacher to hurry up and call my name, like “Why are you still not calling my name?” (Laugh) Then teach would ask another student, he wouldn’t know the answer, and I would really want the teacher to call me, call me please! But I would never raise my hand.
On the KDS thread posted under her name:
I want to say that inaccurate information misled netizens. I hope you will be able to see some official news updates, not misunderstand me, and also quickly let this incident pass because it has already caused harm to our family. My mother did not even want to go to work this month, because there was too much pressure from public opinions – and also there were so many people talking, so weird.
One day when I was walking, suddenly someone pulled my classmate away and said, is that the person from the internet? My classmate was shocked and didn’t dare to move.
On whether or not she hopes to find her father:
Actually, no. I grew up living with my mother and felt very good. Also it was a good (life) track. All of sudden, if I find the man who has my blood, but was never there for 20 years, I think it is not unnecessary. At least now I have my mother and a lot of friends in my life. This environment is enough for me, I am very content.
I think I became more independent [growing up without fatherly love], because at home I would repair the broken tape recorder, repair the computer and small electrical appliances. I knew how to do a lot of things a father would do, except for make money to feed the family.
On troubles she expects to face when fulfilling her dream of becoming a TV host:
Because some of the netizens think I do not meet the aesthetic needs of the Chinese public and being a host is the most direct way to present images to the public, it is possible some people will like me and some people don’t. For those who do not like me, I need to spend more effort than other hosts to gain their recognition.