Allan Wu, the American-born Chinese host of The Amazing Race: China Rush, the reality television series now airing on International Channel Shanghai (ICS), has received flak for comments he allegedly made in the Shin Min Daily News, a Chinese-language broadsheet known in Singapore for its trashy tabloid content.
The article was published under the headline “You don’t have to be polite to all Shanghai people”. In the article, the California native who moved recently from Singapore to Shanghai was supposed to have complained about the rude behaviour of the locals, as well as their spitting and queue-jumping. Someone from Shanghai happened to see the article, posted it on Weibo and called on other Shanghailanders to write in to ICS.
3,000 angry retweets and many demands to please GTFO of Shanghai later, an editor of the Shin Min Daily News has now sheepishly admitted to the Global Times, that an interview with Allan Wu never took place. The article was put together with material translated from the New Paper, a Singapore-based English-language tabloid (equally trashy), and the editor took the liberty to stretch and exaggerate Wu’s comments on Shanghai.
“We’re aware of the public outcry in Shanghai,” said the editor to the Global Times, “and we plan to interview Wu soon to let him tell his side of the story.” Gee, thanks, that’s sooooo nice of you.
Li Yi, deputy director of ICS, said Wu has been a “great host” and he was just caught in an “unfortunate situation”, adding that the incident “would not affect” their decision of who the station would sign to be the host of the show’s next season.
Wu currently lives in Shanghai with his wife, Singaporean actress Wong Li Lin, and their two children.
Promo for Season 2 of The Amazing Race China Rush: