Only shortly after a scandal involving the the Red Cross’ financial management was uncovered, they have to deal with another scandal. This one involving a bratty rich 20-year-old mini-blogger called “Baby Guo Meimei” (郭美美Baby), openly flaunting all her riches (huge villa, designer handbags, luxury cars and high end cosmetics) on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter. And, she claims to be the general manager of Red Cross Commerce, allegedly a company that handles advertising for the Red Cross on vehicles.
Her money flaunting ways prompted quite a few to conclude that she might be wasting Red Cross charity money to finance her lavish lifestyle. Many have since decided to boycott the Red Cross Society of China.
Later, Guo Meimei was connected with Red Cross Society of China Vice-President Guo Changjiang. A netizen claimed that the vice president had a microblog that followed only four other people’s microblogs. One of them belonging to Guo Meimei. Guo Changjiang’s blog was deleted only shortly after those claims were made. There were also claims that Guo Meimei might in fact be his daughter, an accusation denied by one of his staff members, who says Guo Changjiang only has a son.
It was then not only denied by the Red Cross Society of China that Red Cross Commerce even existed, but that they ever had an employee named Guo Meimei. On Wednesday, Guo Meimei herself wrote on her micro blog that she had no relationship with the Red Cross Society of China or Guo Changjiang, and that she was indeed an actress and hurt by the negative responses:
“I am an actress the rumors have hurt me,” she wrote. “I and my family members are taxpayers. How can people attack us about how we spend our money?”
And indeed, curious netizens uncovered that, in the past she worked as a model and actress, in Shenzhen, but was little known to the public. Her family apparently is not wealthy, and are said to now be wondering how, in the last two years, she has become this rich.
To make things even more complicated and confusing, some microbloggers are calling the Red Cross claims that Red Cross Commerce does not exist false, and calling Guo Mei Mei a “second wife”:
According to some personal microblogs and some official media microblogs, there is indeed a commerce under China Red Cross Society, and this commerce nominated Shenzhen Tianlue Group (深圳天略集团) to help persuade people to participate in a fundraising events. And after they raise money, they will share some of the fund. The current president of Shenzhen Tianlue Group is Qiu Zhenliang (丘振良), and according to one netizen’s disclosure, Qiu Zhenliang met C-Class model Guo Meimei in Shenzhen, and has an intimate relationship with her. Guo Meimei should be a second wife kept by Qiu Zhenliang.
All this drama, many claim (one being Zhao Zizhong, a professor at the Communication University of China) is likely to be staged by an attention-whore. If this is true, we bet the Red Cross isn’t very happy about that. If this whole thing really is only to get attention, congratulations, the plan worked: The number of the rich girl’s followers on Sina Weibo shot up from several hundred to more than 108,000 by yesterday night.
By Nele Diels