A Beijing man made waves online after he conducted a social experiment where he trolled for women in both a 4.3 million RMB Lamborghini and a Chinese SUV, seeing which one women preferred. The results speak volumes about nouveau riche Chinese materialism, as well as the fact that foreign cars remain the go-to luxury vehicles, regardless of ridiculous protectionist measures.
Here’s what happened when he used the Lambo, according to NPR:
At one point, according to hidden-camera video, he pulled up to a woman wearing a black skirt.
“Beautiful woman,” he said, “are you alone? Is it convenient to go eat something together?”
“OK,” answered the woman, who promptly climbed in, no questions asked.
“You got in my car. Aren’t you afraid I’m a bad guy?” the driver said.
“You ought to be a good person,” the woman answered.
Then, the man asked if she would have joined him if he were driving a small, Chinese-made car.
No, she said. “My legs are too long.”
A variation of this result occurred five of the seven times the man asked women into his Lambo. One women even invited him to her apartment.
However, when he tried the same stunt with an SUV made by Chery, a Chinese company, zero women accepted.
Check out the Tudou video, which has garnered over 4 million hits:
While they would have to run this test on a larger scale and in different areas to get truly representative results, researchers found it surprising how willingly these women got into a car with a total stranger just because it was a Lambo. Not really shattering the gold-digging stereotype, are we now? Still, many Chinese women came forward to say that they wouldn’t get into a stranger’s car no matter how fancy it was.
Experts attribute the gold-digging tendencies to the the “destruction of traditional values during the upheaval of the Mao era and the breakneck capitalism.” We like to equate the situation to that of a rapper; coming into money after decades of poverty and flaunting in with zero class or taste because all ‘old money’ values were erased during the Mao era.
This is why daily we see more gold bling than at a Death Row records release party in the 1990s, and photos of D-list celebrities flaunting their wealth in ways that make Miley Cyrus look like a Quaker housewife.
And women don’t have the monopoly on being an insufferable ‘green tea bitch.’ Take a gander at this case of a Shenzhen man who dumped his girlfriend because she couldn’t afford a house.