A gorgeous contestant, wearing blue stockings, white heels, and a colorful dress, went on a talent show and blew judges away. Not because of his singing voice, however, but because the contest was “Super Boy,” and he looked (and sounded) every bit like a … she.
Check out the video on the right, in which, during his performance, he is repeatedly interrupted by the incredulous judges. ChinaHUSH was awesome enough to provide snippets of translation, especially from the most suspicious judge, Annie Rose (安妮玫瑰):
“I am still suspicious about your identity. Can we examine your gender?”
“How do you examine?”
“Do you choose a male judge or a female judge to verify? I still have doubts about your identity. I think you are a girl.”
“I didn’t lie. Thank you.”
“But I feel if you are lying, you are playing tricks on us and the viewers.”
“I didn’t lie or play tricks on you.”
“Then I hope the netizens will human flesh search you! Can you swear on your dignity?”
“I can swear on it on anything…”
Geez, Ms. Rose, don’t ya think he would have gone through all that “identification business” during the registration process? Human flesh search? Ouch.
Liu Zhu (刘著) was apparently born in Nanchong Sichuan and a student at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. The judges appear to be at a loss of what to do next — but it seems that, by and large, netizens are supportive of Liu Zhu’s participation (Annie Rose’s cynicism notwithstanding). Liu Zhu’s Baidu Wiki page also indicates that he has long been accepted by his friends, family and teachers — and that he identifies as a “she.”
Given the somewhat delicate situation of transgenders and transsexuals in China, we can’t help but welcome the dialogue and the attention. However, Liu Zhu’s choice of “Super Boy” as a launching pad invites some questions: given his self-identification, would he have been better off trying out on “Super Girl” instead?
So yeah, Korea may have Harisu, and Taiwan may have Regine Wu. But maybe China has just found something that will give those two a run for their money?
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