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The World of Chinese - - Editor's Letter -

94

He Zim­ing is what you'd term a “mi­nor celebrity,” known for act­ing in a few mod­er­ately suc­cess­ful TV shows. To­gether with his fel­low mi­nor-celebrity wife He Jie, who be­came pop­u­lar in the na­tion­ally tele­vised Su­per­girl singing con­test in 2005, the cou­ple reached slightly higher lev­els of, well, mi­nor fame. A fair chunk of He Zim­ing's fame has come crash­ing down af­ter ne­ti­zens be­came con­vinced that he was one half of a fairly damn­ing phone call to the host of a late-night ra­dio show about re­la­tion­ships. In the call, the man tells the host of the late-night re­la­tion­ship ad­vice show that his mar­riage is on the rocks and his wife is ask­ing for di­vorce, leav­ing him with noth­ing. He claims that his wife is dom­i­neer­ing, makes more money than him, is more fa­mous than him, and that if he gets a di­vorce he wants one of their two kids (not a spe­cific one, just half of the to­tal num­ber of kids). The call in­cluded a few de­tails, such as the length of the cou­ple's re­la­tion­ship and level of fame, that led ne­ti­zens to de­duce the caller was He Zim­ing him­self (for the record, TWOC has no idea whether this is or is not him). In the call, he also ac­cuses his wife of hav­ing an af­fair and says that the cou­ple's sex life is “not har­mo­nious.” Any­way, shortly af­ter the con­tro­versy, He's Weibo fan page be­came a cesspool of ha­tred to­ward him. “Loyal” fans in­deed. - DAVID DAW­SON

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