inger Yico Zeng (曾轶可) has angered Chinese netizens across the country after getting into a kerfuffle with an immigration officer at the Beijing airport and going after him online.
After landing at the Beijing Capital Airport on June 17th and passing through the automated passport scanning gate, Zeng was immediately approached by an officer who asked her to remove her hat for further inspection.
The 29-year-old singer, who first found fame in 2009 as a finalist on a popular TV talent show, refused to do so, twice, accusing the officer of violating her privacy and cursing at him, according to an account of the incident from the Beijing immigration inspection authority.
She was escorted to the security room but eventually let go.
Zeng angrily posted nine photos of the officer’s identification card onto her Weibo account, where she has more than 1.4 million followers, obviously looking to incite China’s powerful human flesh search engine.
Zeng could face up to ten days of detention and a fine of up to 500 yuan if she is convicted of resisting the officer. In the wake of this incident, her planned show at the Changsha Strawberry Music Festival has already been canceled.
The singer has issued an apology on her Weibo page, writing:
“I admit that I misbehaved two days ago. I cannot believe that I was so emotional at the time. Here, I want to apologize to everyone. If I get the opportunity, I also want to say sorry to the officer in person. I am willing to bear the consequences of my own actions.”
The scandal has triggered an avalanche of posts and comments on Weibo, condemning Zeng for her actions and sense of entitlement. At least three trending hashtags have gathered more than 300 million views with the most popular one “Yico Zeng apologizes,” reaching over 740 million net users.
While this incident certainly doesn’t seem good for her career, Yico Zeng is no stranger to online criticism. The singer was accused of plagiarizing a song on her very first album and is infamous for her off-key live performances.