Shanghaiist’s inhouse sex scandals specialist Kenneth Tan writes about the six sex scandals that have rocked China over the last few years and given our readers a super hardon. It should perhaps be of no surprise that some of these scandals count among this website’s most trafficked stories. This post promises to end your year with a blast, so read on:
6. The Li Pengfei Scandal
It’s definitely true what they say — hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. In June 2008, unrequited love led a young Chinese woman to create a website, and publish all the photos of her ex-boyfriend Li Pengfei in the most compromising positions (wanking in bed, performing cunnilingus on her, etc.) in a last ditch attempt to get back at him. The sexy pictures were published along with all the sordid details of how the little casanova was supposed to have tricked her out of her money and love in a website which attracted over 2 million unique visitors in just two months.
To back up what she was saying, she put online all the receipts of meals, gifts and airfares that she bought him, as well as a record of a thousand over text messages while they were together, from all the sweet-nothings earlier in the relationship to the really racy messages down to the nasty messages after things fell apart.
The moral of the story for all you gentlemen out there? Never piss off a lady with a digital camera. Or one that knows how to create websites.
5. ChinaBounder: The Western Scoundrel
A British teacher living in Shanghai starts a blog about his sexcapades in China and other scattered thoughts about sex and sexuality in China, Mao, the Cultural Revolution, and China in general. The blog came to the attention of Shanghai Academy of Social Science psychology professor Zhang Jiehai who then penned a 5,000 character essay, calling for the masses to rise up and unveil Chinabounder (as he called himself) and kick him out of China. He accused ChinaBounder of insulting Chinese men, insulting the Chinese nation and of engaging in splittist activity.
This kicked off a online witch-hunt as internet vigilantes sought to hunt down the British man and castrate him. Mind you, this was back in the day (in 2006) before the term “human flesh search engine” was even coined. The vigilantes never managed to hunt down ChinaBounder and it wasn’t until July 2008 when ChinaBounder came back with the launch of a new book with a title more incendiary than all of his sexcapades combined, Fault Lines on the Face of China: 50 Reasons Why China May Never Be Great, and revealed his name — David Marriott.
4. Kappa Girl
In November 2008, a 12 minute long sex video of a female employee working at the Kappa store in the east building of the Shanghai No.1 Department Store on Nanjing Lu spread like wildfire on the Chinese internet, unleashing a ‘human flesh search engine’ where netizens worked together to track her down, publishing her private information such as her name, her pictures and her QQ number.
Besieged by questions, the girl started a blog to defend herself, and to capitalise on her newfound fame. In one of her posts, she announced that she was now looking for sponsors — her rates would be RMB20,000 for a bar appearance, RMB50,000 for an underwear modelling assignment, RMB30,000 for an exclusive interview, and RMB100 per day for banner ads placed on her blog.
Shanghai police eventually found out that the person responsible for spreading the video was none other than ‘Kappa Girl’ herself and she was soon detained for spreading obscene content online. But that’s not all, adult entertainment studio Harmony Films decided to come to the rescue to help her do what she does best and make money at the same time by offering a contract to her.
3. Zhang Ziyi and her butt-sniffing fiance
This was the first sex scandal to hit China in the year 2009 but there is technically no “sex” in it, just lots of butt-sniffing. In January, 81 pictures were released by a paparazzi photographer from X71online.com of Zhang Ziyi and her Israeli multimillionaire boyfriend Vivi Nevo canoodling on St Barth’s island in the French Caribbean.
Since then, Zhang hasn’t had that much of a great year. Latest rumours have it that she’s involved in a dispute with a businesswoman friend who now claims she’s cheated her of 200 million yuan. Her wedding plans with Nevo have also been called off and he’s been seen with other women. Despite all this, Zhang can rest in the knowledge that she’s been immortalised on t-shirts and remains Taiwan’s most googled person in the year 2009.
2. The Deng Yujiao incident
No sexy photos have emerged from this scandal for all you perverts out there, but this was definitely a landmark in China’s internet history. It all began when Deng Yujiao, a 21-year-old female pedicure worker, was arrested by police in Hubei province for stabbing and killing the director of the local township business promotions office who had tried to force her to have sex with him. Initially, Deng was charged with homicide and police refused to grant her bail.
Her case was catapulted to national prominence on the web as netizens were angered by her treatment and the corruption of government officials. After several online petitions and widespread public protests, Deng’s murder charges were miraculously dropped and she was found guilty with the lesser offence of “intentional assault” although no sentence was meted out because of her mental state. All this would not have happened if the court of public opinion was not so firmly on her side and if internet activists had not gotten together to act on her behalf.
1. The Edison Chen scandal
Edison Chen’s sex photo scandal needs no introduction. This was China’s biggest and most salacious celebrity sex scandal ALL-TIME and involved a string of Hong Kong stars, including Bobo Chan, Gillian Chung, Cecilia Cheung and later, lesser known starlets like lesser known stars like Rachel Ngan, Mandy Chen and Candice Chan. Meanwhile mystery man named Kira continued to whet our appetites by releasing the photos in batches and issued a challenge to the police to “catch me if you can”.
This subsequently led to a witchhunt which saw Hong Kong police detain a few suspects, only to release them all later after Hong Kongers took to the streets to protest the police’s selective application of the law, abuse of power and scapegoat hunting.
It took two weeks before Edison Chen decided to come clean on the affair, admit the photos were his, and apologise to the ladies. He also stunned Hong Kong with his shock announcement that he was leaving showbiz. All that of course, turned out to be a show. Barely two years after the announcement, Edison is back with a vengeance — landing acting gigs, launching fashion stores and appearing on talkshows.
Here on Shanghaiist, the Edison Chen scandal is the NUMBER ONE story all-time and has singlehandedly brought a grand total of 2.8 million pervy pageviews to this site (and counting!).