Doubts have been raised about a video that has gone viral over the last few days which showed passersby rush to aid a pregnant woman who collapsed in Luxun Park on Sunday. Netizens have identified the key actors in the video — down to the car that was used to take the pregnant woman to hospital — to belong to a talent company.
Shanghai Daily reports:
Erma Shanghai Co, the company that employed the actors, insists they simply happened to be in the area at the time and helped out.
Shanghai No.1 People’s Hospital, where the nine-months pregnant woman was said to have been taken on Sunday, told Shanghai Daily they admitted no patient matching that description.
The pregnant woman, surnamed Zhang, her sister and a helper did not answer calls requesting interviews.
And the white Volkswagen Polo said to have ferried the woman from Luxun Park to hospital has been found to belong to Erma Shanghai Co, a subsidiary of Erma China, a company famous for organizing promotional activities.
Web users also claimed that a man who, at the end of the clip, says in the Shanghai dialect, “just call us Shanghainese,” appears in a Erma Shanghai promotion.
A director of the company has offered categorical denial that the video was staged, saying that his employees just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and in front of a video camera. “In such a society without trust, where every helper is regarded as an actor, who would offer a helping hand to anyone?” he was quoted as saying to Shanghai Daily.
We’d all love to believe the video wasn’t staged, but can anyone help being cynical though? God help us all if we need a staged video to prove that Good Samaritans actually exist in this world!