For all of you who actually watched President Obama’s town hall last week, did you notice this woman? Because instead of paying attention to questions like “Can you use chopsticks” and Obama’s thoughts on why he can’t use twitter (his thumbs are too clumsy), a certain cameraman was starstruck by this Chinese beauty taking off her coat.
As is the way with the Chinese internet, as soon as the gif of her taking off her bright red coat to reveal a classically stylish all-black dress suit made it onto the forums, she became an internet sensation, with people calling her the “beauty in black beside Obama” and instigating a human flesh search.
Then, after her personal details were revealed – her name is Wang Zifei (王紫菲) and she’s currently studying business at Jiaotong University, came the comments that she was way too calm and collected, the camera angles were way too flattering, and why was there a camera guy focusing on just her anyway (Ed note: because camera people can be pervs too?). Perhaps this random beauty was actually using the Obama town hall to build up hype for herself.
Not so, she insisted in a blogpost (helpfully translated by China Hush) on Monday:
Two days after I attended dialogues town hall meeting with President Obama, my classmate came to my dorm and said to me “You are popular on the internet!” and searched for “woman in black behind Obama” on the internet for me. Once I saw all the news on varies sites then found out about this incident. There were also many talks on the forums, I was upset at some negative comments but I did not reply because I was really busy at the time. But misleading news was increasing by the hours, I felt my individual power could not slow down the speed of rumors spreading on the internet, even if I explain, it would not help, so I took the ignoring approach. Recently there were many text messages and phone calls regarding this, I always tell my friends to “not to reveal anything online, after awhile the rumors will die down.” But my silence let to even more speculations. After talking with Sina staff members, I think it is a good solution to sincerely speak with you through this platform.
Some media speculated that it is not possible that I am a student because of to my manners, however I am making an announcement here that I am a current student at Jiao Tong University. I don’t have natural born self-esteem, but I am constantly developing my self-esteem. I could not deny the fact my quality had to do with my family and my well-trained childhood. I first played violent on stage when I was 6, after I acted in plays, hosted shows, was an image ambassador and was interviewed many times, therefore I am not a stranger of cameras and would not feel nervous in front of the cameras… everyone knows the security was very strict during U.S. president’s visit. Except for the reporters, no one could bring cameras in, even students could not bring cameras in, how could I self-hype? Also I did not want to be popular because of this. People who have a brain would know this, entertainment news is like drinking tea, first time is like washing tea leafs, no one really cares. Maybe 2nd or 3rd time it will have the sweet taste, but in the end it gets weaker and weaker. After a few washes, who would remember me? What can I leave behind for people? Before I shoot films just out of my interest and personal favorite, but at the same time I wanted to be rebellious, because generally people have misconceptions about highly educated women. I hope to change people’s view through my actions. But i never wanted to go into entertainment circle, therefore I rejected many TV stations’ offers and contracts. I feel business management is a long term path for me, therefore I study hard, my gaokao (college entrance exam) was the normal exam, not the kind for entertainers.
2. Why did i sit there?
There were nine universities participated in the meeting, each school was assigned to fixed seats. I was sitting at one of the seats for Jiao Tong University without any special arrangements. There were some people had even better views than me, why were they accused of hyping? As for my posture was professional, I knew that this meeting would be broadcasted live worldwide via the internet, I not only represented my own image, but the image of our school and our country, of course I could not relax!
3. Why did I take off my coat?
Because it was an important meeting, I wore a dress to show respect. I chose to wear a black shirt so I don’t stick out, but you know how Shanghai’s weather is like. I remember it was raining and a bit cold in the morning, so I wore a coat. After i entered the meeting room I took off my coat, at that time Obama was not in the room yet. In fact the temperature was not very high in the room, I really wanted to keep wearing my coat, but if I really wore the red coat, people are going to say I want to be famous like crazy?
4. My attitude of comments
Although some individual comments from netizens hurt me, but I can understand. Maybe it was criticisms to certain social phenomena through me, but I became an innocent victim. And some of the influential people on the internet, made comments without any investigation, actually claimed that I was a female official conducting self-hype. How did Chinese Youth became female officials? Did you even read the title? You should know that you are the leaders of public opinion, does such an irresponsible move in the end hurt other people or damage your own credibility?
To destroy a person only takes one sentence, but to develop a person takes more than thousands of words, please have mercy~
Mystery has been solved, we no longer have to bother guessing, my recent study and life have been disturbed and hoping to quickly restore back to normal. I like small animals because they are cute and simple. Hope that after all this I can continue to be simple self. Presenting you with a small kangaroo photo, I wish you happy, all the best~
And as for the gif that launched a hundred thousand speculations? Here it is: