Footage of two people having sex inside a Shanghai hotel room while looking out onto the iconic Lujiazui skyline became the most viral video on Chinese social media yesterday, until censors put a stop to the smut.
The very NSFW video, filmed by the male participant, showing the woman from behind as well as Shanghai’s famous Pearl Tower and other landmarks, went so viral that Weibo was forced to issue an official announcement at around 6 p.m. yesterday evening, saying that it had wiped the site clean of the vulgar video.
The announcement, which has been viewed over 1.5 million times already, says that 26 videos and 570 threads on the sex tape had been deleted from the site. Meanwhile, Weibo said it was carrying out an investigation into the source of the video and working with police. According to the monitoring site Free Weibo, “Lujiazui” and “Lujiazui video” are currently the second and third most censored searches on Weibo at the moment. Articles about the sex tape’s censorship have also been deleted from most major Chinese news portals.
However, there is still no stopping people from sharing the video on WeChat.
It didn’t take long for intrepid web users to run a human flesh search and identify the female participant in the video as a quantitative analyst at a securities company in Shanghai. More salaciously, if the rumor mill is to be believed, her male counterpart in the video was not her current husband, but a former classmate that she is carrying on a secret affair with.
But netizens haven’t stopped there. Along with identifying the setting of the sex tape as the Four Seasons Hotel in Lujiazui, they have even determined the manufacturer of the chair in which the couple copies out the Party constitution on. Unexpectedly, this has resulted in Beijing-based Qumei Furniture Group’s stock rising by the maximum 10% daily limit.
This incident calls to mind last year’s most viral sex tape, starring a couple getting it on inside the dressing of a Beijing Uniqlo. The Japanese retailer repeatedly denied any involvement in the sex tape, but it was certainly good for business with tourists flocking to the Sanlitun location to pose for photos in front of the building or even inside the infamous dressing room. We’ll have to wait and see what this does for Four Seasons.
Already, some netizens have joked that this latest sex tape may be backed by a larger entity.
“Was the Lujiazui video produced by the Shanghai government as a promotional video? The scenery outside the window takes up most of the time,” commented one Twitter user.
Editor’s note: This story has been edited to remove all personally identifiable information.