Celebrities in China underwent a two-day “ethical training session” amid the high-profile case that involved popular singer Kris Wu, who was arrested earlier this month on rape allegations.
Lessons on morality: The session, hosted by the country’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA), reportedly took place in Beijing last month, but images of the event only emerged online this week, reported South China Morning Post.
Chinese Canadian actor and singer Kris Wu was arrested on suspicion of rape weeks after a young woman came forward to accuse him of targeting herself and others.
The allegations: In a statement on Saturday, police in Beijing’s Chaoyang District said they have detained the 30-year-old, whose real name is Wu Yifan, in response to reports that he “has repeatedly tricked young women into having sex” and “other related issues.”
A con artist reportedly found an opportunity to defraud Chinese Canadian singer Kris Wu while details of his sex scandal made the headlines in China, Beijing police revealed on Thursday.
Poser cashes in: The 23-year-old scammer, identified only by his surname, Liu, confessed to targeting Wu after he learned online that the artist was accused of having sex with an intoxicated teenager, reported the Associated Press.
The track was a riff on a previous impromptu rap he performed for noodle shop patrons as part of a variety show episode that aired in 2017. According to Sixth Tone, Wu was widely mocked by netizens for the original lyrics that go: “Look at the noodle, it’s long and thick — just like the bowl, which is big and round.”
Certain stories write themselves too easily. When Kris Wu took up six of the top seven spots on iTunes’ U.S. charts after releasing his debut solo studio album, leaving Ariana Grande’s viral single “Thank U, Next” at fourth, accusations of foul play ran amok on Twitter. Wu quickly dropped from iTunes rankings afterwards. Grande herself ended up liking a tweet which insinuated Wu’s U.S. chart success was the result of bots.
What if I told you the Chinese-American War began not from Trump-fueled trade disputes or the governance of Taiwan, but rather from Kris Wu’s “Antares” album? In a period of high blood pressure and immense, often understandable sensitivity, the mere appearance of a beef, a semblance of disrespect towards one of China’s biggest stars from one of America’s biggest stars, was enough to conjure tweets like these:
Songs from Chinese rapper Kris Wu’s new album have been removed from U.S. iTunes Charts after allegations that his fans have been using bots to manipulate the ranking.
Wu, a former member of the popular Korean-Chinese boy band Exo, has just released his new album “Antares” last Friday, managing to edge out both Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga off the U.S. top spots upon launch.
Singer and actor Kris Wu, a former member of hugely popular South Korean-Chinese group EXO, was recently tapped to sing for this year’s Super Bowl Live in Minnesota.
Wu, whose performance is scheduled during the 10-day live concerts leading up to the game, was also named Super Bowl LII Ambassador for NFL China by the National Football League.