The Olympic torch landed in China last week and the glitterati were among the torchbearers. These included Andy Lau (劉德華), Kelly Chen (陳慧琳), Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), Jackie Chan (成龍) and Emil Chow (周華健).
The stars unanimously said it was a great honor to be part of an ancient ceremony that spreads the message of peace and love. (Actually, it’s not an ancient ceremony. The torch relay was invented by the Nazis to promote their Aryan ideals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.) But Jackie Chan and company have to know about China’s bloody crackdown in Tibet and the demonstrations held by pro-Tibet and human rights activists across the globe.
To be fair, the damage these stars would suffer to their careers if they offended Beijing would be much greater than that faced by Steven Spielberg or Richard Gere. Still, Pop Stop thinks the stars can go overboard in their support for China’s authoritarian regime. Anyone remember the movie Hero (英雄)?
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Also using China as a stage is former local pop diva Elva Hsiao (蕭亞軒), who is attempting to reenter showbusiness after signing with EMI last month in Beijing. Following the deal she did a commercial shoot in Shanghai that reportedly earned her more than NT$20 million. Rumors about the man-magnet’s latest romance promptly did the rounds.
Reports surfaced last week that Hsiao was the guilty third party standing between top model-turned movie-star wannabee Lin Chih-ling (林志玲) and her sweetheart Scott Qiu (邱士楷), heir to the HCG corporation (和成集團), which sells toilets and other bathroom equipment. The reliable source was said to be a Chinese man named Li Jianjun (李建軍), who is reportedly blessed with supernatural powers. Qiu sought his advice on the menage a trois.
Meanwhile, Hsiao responded to eager press inquiries by saying: “the toilet I use at home is a TOTO, not an HCG.” Lin’s reply: “Well, my family and I use HCG toilets.”
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It’s reassuring to know that Taiwan’s top model is in fact a mere mortal and answers the call of nature like the rest of us.
Answering to a different call of nature, foppish plastic surgeon Li Jin-liang (李進良) has made up with his starlet wife Hu Ying-zhen (胡盈禎), also known as the daughter of entertainer Hu Gua (胡瓜). Readers will recall that local paparazzi caught Li visiting a hostess bar and love motel with a group of men and women last month that did not include Hu.
The honey-I-am-sorry gift was a pair of shoes that cost NT$3,480 and also conveniently doubled as a Mother’s Day present. Apparently Li is able to get away with more and more as Hu’s role morphs from girlfriend to wife to baby mama. In 2003, he dropped NT$20,000 on a Labrador retriever because he played away from home and in 2006 he bought a pricey Tiffany necklace to make up for spending a night with porn star Hinano Miduki (觀月雛乃). Now he just has to buy a lousy pair of shoes. In Pop Stop’s view this would hardly suffice for saying sorry for not doing the laundry, let alone embarking on a sexual safari.
African-American entertainer Dooley appeared on local television show Super Entourage (小明星大跟班) a few weeks ago and was told by the crew that they wanted to do a skit in blackface. Dooley, whose real name is Matthew Candler, tells the Taipei Times that Super Entourage wanted to perform a rendition of the wildly popular “Ghana Coffin Dance,” a meme that has taken the world by storm. Instead, he showed them videos about the racist origins of blackface and slavery in America, and they agreed to drop the makeup. “[I told them] about the history [behind blackface] and [said] you decide
With listicles of local attractions including Costco and numerous children’s playgrounds, I was not expecting much. Opened on Jan. 31, the Taipei MRT’s Circular Line, or Yellow Line, made life in the nation’s capital even more convenient. But judging from Internet search results, it hasn’t opened up many new tourism opportunities, unsurprising as the route mostly crosses densely populated areas and industrial parks. Places like a sports stadium with rainbow colored bleachers perfect for Instagram selfies wouldn’t do it for me either, and it’s pointless to list attractions at the connecting stops that have existed for years. As a history nerd, there
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The recent death of Hana Kimura, a bubbly, pink-haired 22-year-old wrestler and reality TV show star, has spotlighted a rise in cyberbullying in Japan and prompted swift official pledges to do more to protect victims. Kimura, a cast member on the popular program Terrace House, was found dead at her home on May 23 from an apparent suicide after being deluged with negative comments on her social media feeds. Acutely aware of the public debate spurred by her death, Japan’s ruling party is holding hearings from this week to consider legal changes that will help cyberbullying victims seek justice. “People must understand where