Scathing remarks about the Vietnamese spoof of the beloved Chinese period drama Princess Pearl have been trending on Weibo in an apparent response to the anti-China sentiments developing in Vietnam.
Also known as Huan Zhu Ge Ge in Mandarin, the first few runs of Princess Pearl featured A-lister Zhao Wei who played the viviacious Xiaoyanzi, an orphan in Beijing who befriends the emperor’s illegitimate daughter and accidentally becomes a princess. Details of an upcoming Vietnamese version have just been released, and the Chinese netizens are apparently not taking too well to this intended subversion of a classic drama that has been venerated as one of the biggest Chinese TV hits of all time.
Comments attacked the “effeminate” portrayals of the macho characters in the original TV show as well as the garish make-up reminiscent of Taiwanese comedienne Ru Hua, citing them as gross insults to the original TV series.
Amid these lashings-out there stands a sole voice of reason from netizen MuZiJiaJia:
“Seems like everyone is attacking Vietnam on purpose. This is a comedy version, it is meant to make people laugh, don’t we have channels like that in China as well? We view Vietnam the way the West looks at China, and pretend that we are still living in the last century. The message always doesn’t seem like it is getting across.”