Fri, Oct 29, 2010 - Page 14 News List

POP STOP

By Noah Buchan  /  Staff Reporter

Alan Luo takes life in his stride.

Photo: Taipei times

Is it just Pop Stop, or is religious zeal taking over Taiwan’s celebrity firmament?

First it was actor and singer Van Ness Wu (吳建豪), who became a born-again, Bible-thumping Christian a few years back and has been preaching to anyone who will listen ever since.

While filming his newest movie, Material Queen (拜金女王), in Paris, Wu said that he “thanks God” he didn’t have to do a bedroom scene with his co-star Lynn Hung (熊黛林), the United Daily News reported earlier this week.

The report implied that Wu’s comments were made in response to rumors that wealthy Singaporean Arissa Cheo (also known as Arissa Luna) dumped him because he refused to get to know her — in the biblical sense that is. “Regardless of love relationships or work, God is the one giving me strength and power,” he was verily quoted as saying.

It’s easy to see why piety such as Wu’s would prove popular among celebrities, many of whom are regularly caught engaging in wickedness. When found in a hot spot — say a drugs bust or cheating on a partner — turning to God really is the ultimate ticket to salvation.

At the weekend, Alan Luo (羅志祥, also known as Show Luo) called on the Almighty when he denied rumors that he had contracted “cauliflower” (菜花), a Chinese euphemism for genital warts, according to the United Daily News.

“[Perhaps] the media didn’t explain things clearly, or the person who originally started the rumors began circulating them again,” he said. “Let’s hope God forgives this wretched person.”

Luo, who also goes by the stage name Little Pig (小豬), then moved from religion into the realm of pseudo-science in a further attempt to dispel the gossip.

“If I had an STD, I’d walk with difficulty,” he said. “But right now my stride is normal.” Huh?

Netizens speculated that the rumors were originally circulated as a vicious attempt to hurt Luo’s chances of winning the Golden Bell Award for Best Actor last Friday for his role in Hi My Sweetheart (海派甜心). He was beaten by 15-year-old newcomer Wu Cheng-ti (吳政迪), but seemed to take the loss in his stride.

Chiang Cheng-chin (蔣承縉), Luo’s agent, said he was unsure if the gossip was related to the award, and then invoked the Almighty’s wrath for good measure. “I pray that God punishes the person who started the rumors,” he said.

In other STD news, Hong Kong crooner Aaron Kwok (郭富城), known as one of the Four Heavenly Kings (四大天王), is getting some bad press for reportedly transmitting a love bug to girlfriend. Kwok laughed off the rumors.

Meanwhile, thousands of fans are praying after Selina Jen (任家萱) of popular girl band S.H.E suffered severe burns to 40 percent of her body while filming in Shanghai, as reported in the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper), Apple Daily, China Times, United Daily News and pretty much every other media organization in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

Jen was filming the TV adaptation of the 1994 movie I Have a Date With Spring (我和春天有個約會) when an explosion engulfed her and co-star, actor and singer Yu Haoming (俞灝明), who gallantly shielded her from the flames.

She was flown back to Taipei on Sunday night to have an emergency skin graft. According to “Father Jen,” otherwise known as Jen’s dad, Jen Ming-ting (任明廷), she is recovering. The China Times reports that Yu, although out of danger, remains in a serious condition at a hospital in Shanghai.

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