Chou’s outburst wound up earning the star a promotion, of sorts. The media have now nicknamed him “Jay the Emperor” (杰倫皇). And his friends are now known as court jesters.
From now on, he is to be addressed as Jay the Emperor, magnificent and benevolent Lord of Song, Count of Dance, Earl of Directing, Marquis of Music Videos and Duke of Restaurants and Defender of Mando-pop, the Downtrodden and the Musically Misguided. OK, we made that bit up. But given Chou’s ego, it’s only a matter of time.
His Imperial Lowness’ troubles, however, didn’t end with a new moniker.
On a TV talk show broadcast on Saturday, social commentator Chen Hui-wen (陳揮文) insinuated that many years ago he witnessed the star grab his assistant’s behind in an elevator. While Chen declined to expand on his remarks, Chou, the gentleman that he is, denied the rumor at the press conference on Monday.
To prove his innocence, the star pointed to a plump female assistant standing close to him and said: “You really think it is possible?”
Unsurprisingly Chou immediately came under attack for discriminating against full-figured women.
Chou’s company JVR Music (杰威爾音樂) moved into damage control mode on Tuesday by making a public apology on behalf of the star and stating that he does not discriminate based on physical appearance.
For those curious to know if Chou will keep his word after he and his young lover were caught on film, the star said that there is “only one frontal shot, and the other is just a profile.”