Philanthropist and media hound Chen Guangbiao admitted that his 30-minute-long ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was fake on March 8, after Wen Deyuan, a Hunan scientist, performed an experiment with mice to test the plausibility of Chen’s stunt last September, according to a post on Weibo.
Shortly after Chen posted a video of himself sitting in a bin purportedly filled with freezing water and ice for 30 minutes in the name of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last August, hundreds of netizens expressed doubt over whether the ice was real. Scientists were also unconvinced, and decided to test his claims.
“Based on my clinical experience, human beings can’t sustain in the ice-water mixture and ice more than five minutes,” said Wen, who was leading the research team. “They would definitely become infertile. At worst, [they would nearly die].”
To debunk Chen’s ice bucket claims, he soaked three white mice in ice water. Within five minutes, the seminal vesicles of the mice were completely frozen and soon after, they were dead, according to Sina News.
Following pressure from Wen and the public (members of which were not pleased that three innocent mice had to die in the name of Chen Guangbiao’s idiotic stunt), Chen recently admitted in an interview that his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year was fake.
“The ice was real, but hot water about 50 degrees Celsius was put in the bucket in advance,” Chen told reporters in a video posted to his Weibo account yesterday, “The real temperature was only around 25 degrees Celsius, which is almost the same as water in a hotel swimming pool.”
“That was just an exaggerated performance art,” said Chen, who is no stranger to such hijinks.
Not everyone is buying Chen’s excuse. Specifically, Wen Deyuan.
“I am not against public stunts unless it’ll harm other people,” Wen said in response. “As a public figure, Mr. Chen posted fake videos online and called on other people to imitate him and surpass him with the temptation of his donation of one million yuan. Isn’t it encouraging people to do [dangerous] deeds?” (Chen had said that If anyone could sit in the ice water longer than his 30 minutes, he would donate another one million yuan.)
Wen said he didn’t feel guilty at all about his experiment, as he’d ultimately managed to prove Chen wrong.
“He doesn’t only humiliate internet users’ intelligence but also insults the subject of medical science. Chen has exerted negative influence on the masses and he needs to make an apology in public to netizens,” Wen said.
…We’re waiting, Chen.
By Lucy Liu
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