One year after Red Cross scandal, Guo Meimei mocked by netizens
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One year after Red Cross scandal, Guo Meimei mocked by netizens

Nearly one year to the day after setting off a nationwide controversy from her Weibo account, internet celebrity Guo Meimei has returned to the spotlight with another  microblog post.

The 21 year-old Guo became a household name last summer after posting photos online showing her jet-setting life of luxury cars and designer handbags.

Her claim to hold a high-ranking position in a group affiliated with China’s Red Cross led to accusations of corruption that the organization is still fighting to deny.


Guo Meimei poses in photos posted on her microblog last year, sparking accusations of corruption against China's Red Cross. Pic: AFP/Getty

On the evening of June 29, Guo posted a simple message in English on her Sina Weibo microblog.

“Tonight go party [sic],I’m a sexy girl.  I sometimes good sometimes bad,this is me, you don’t like me you can get out!”

The brief post was immediately picked up on by China’s netizens, who have spearheaded the criticism of Guo and the Red Cross since her original post on June 21 last year.

By 2pm on July 1, Guo’s message had been reposted 240,957 times and had attracted 28,516 comments, according to the Chongqing Morning Post.

Many internet users mocked Guo’s broken English, and offered their own “translations” into Chinese.

“Tonight I join the [Communist] Party,” went one popular version.  “I am a sex worker, my service is good sometimes, bad sometimes.  That’s me.  If you don’t like it, just throw me away.”

Others adapted Guo’s original post into poetic verse, with styles ranging from Song Dynasty ci poems to the Confucian Three Character Classic and Book of Odes.

The popularity of these Guo-inspired poems is similar to the impromptu poetry contests that sprouted online in the wake of the 2010 Li Gang incident.

But some netizens expressed disapproval of Guo’s treatment by fellow microbloggers.

“We can’t take all of our dissatisfaction with society and vent it on one person,” wrote one Weibo user.  “She’s very hard working and persistent, and at the very least her effort should get some respect.”

Some took issue with the prevalence of “translations” depicting Guo Meimei as a prostitute.

“This isn’t how you uphold justice, it’s sexual harassment,” wrote a netizen under the name Li Dagang.

Others criticized attacks on Guo as a distraction from the deeper issues brought up by last year’s Red Cross scandal.

“Guo Meimei is nothing more than the loudest sneeze of a sick person,” wrote user Lan Ge Ge.  “No one dares to go after that man behind the curtain with his power and his money.”

Guo herself responded to the posts on the evening of July 1, once again writing in English.

“Well, when there have some uneducated person scolding you [sic], don’t do anything ,coz life is not fair,” she wrote.

“You must adapt to it, you have to know that those people could not become a prince among men, so …”

Guo Meimei has largely stayed out of the public eye in recent months.  One June 2 she gave a brief interview with the magazine Vista, which reported that Guo currently has an American boyfriend and owns a small boutique selling fashionable clothes and Buddhist trinkets.