Councilor makes scathing attack on Michael Huang
Tainan City Councilor Wang Ding- yu ( ) labeled Taiwanese- born singer Michael Huang ( ) a “shameless bastard” and a “dictator’s accomplice” among other accusations, yesterday, accusing him of alerting Xiamen government officials about comments made by a Taiwan independence activist.
According to Wang, Huang wrote on Weibo, “This girl wrote ( the message) on Facebook, thinking that people in China will not be able to climb over the wall.” To “climb over the wall” is slang for circumventing the country’s Internet censorship. “But hey, some people found out. If you kids ( supporters of Taiwan independence) don’t like it, then don’t come to China. You should listen to Lee Teng- hui ( ) and Tsai Ingwen’s ( ) advice, and go dig for money in South Asia,” said Huang. He ended his post by tagging the Xiamen cyber police, notifying them about the girl.
The “girl” Huang was referring to is recent Web sensation, Chung Yu- chen ( ) , whose provocative post she later admitted to be part of a deliberate prank played on mainland netizens.
Chung is an outspoken supporter of Taiwan independence who was saluted during the Sunflower Movement as a “war goddess” by local media. She became the center of a trending topic on the popular Chinese forum, Tianya Club ( ) , due to a Facebook post on Sept. 16. The post indicates that she was working for a company that is cooperating with a Xiamen state- owned corporation, and she was busy looking for new business partners to gain money from the PRC to work toward Taiwan independence.
Tianya Club, is one of the largest online platforms in China. It provides blogging, online discussion and photo album services. Famously nicknamed the “human flesh search engine,” the website is known for its so- cial search capacity.
In a later post, Chung explained that there was no such thing as cooperation with Xiamen state- owned corporations, and this was a prank she made to see what would happen. “I asked my friend to post this ( on Chinese online platforms) before Oct. 1.” Oct. 1 is the National Day for the PRC. “My intention was to spread the ideas of aboriginal sovereignty and Taiwan independence.”
Huang rose to fame in the ’ 80s because of the hit song, “New Butterfly Dream”(
) . He has been seen as a controversial figure due to his pro- China, pro- unity remarks in recent years.