Although it wasn’t the fan favorite at first, The Wandering Earth 流浪地球 has become the dark horse of the Lunar New Year race. By day thirteen, it has made RMB 3.7 billion in the box office and surpassed Operation Red Sea to become the second top-grossing movie of all time in China. As the young twenty something actor starring in a mega blockbuster movie, Qu Chuxiao gets a taste of stardom seemingly overnight and the problems that comes with it. Using a weibo handle that is said to be his unofficial account, he ranted about a recent encounter.
“I will only say this once. Returned to Beijing today, I was approached by someone asking me to sign The Three-Body Problem book. I said sorry, I don’t want to sign. This student was respectful enough. When I got on the plane, it turns out that her seat was next to mine, so I changed to an empty seat. After getting off the plane, the girl ran up to me (almost kicking off my shoes) and said: don’t want you to become an idol, but some of your fans are trying to push your popularity, wish that you’ll get many better projects. I told her thank you.
When I got off the plane, there was a person with a camera, I don’t know where he came from but he was taking pictures like crazy, so I got my phone out to take a video. Here is what happened.
Paparazzi: Are you filming me? Why are you filming me?
Me: Why are you taking pictures of me?
Paparazzi: Oh, fans asked me to.
Me: What does it have to do with me.
Paparazzi: So you don’t allow pictures.
I stopped filming him and he stopped following me.”
When Qu Chuxiao returned home, he learned that he was getting flak for having a bad attitude, for refusing to let people take pictures and even making a girl cry. The details of what allegedly happened were posted online.
Qu Chuxiao was puzzled from the encounter, saying that he was was simply traveling back to Beijing for personal reasons. He was tailed without permission and admonished for his actions. It was an experience that he wasn’t prepared for. He says that he doesn’t need to be taught a lesson on etiquette because he wasn’t disrespectful and did not do anything out of etiquette.
He ended his rant with a quote from Bob Dylan, “Just because you like my stuff doesn’t mean I owe you anything.”
He soon followed it up with another post. He recently got a call from a number he didn’t recognize at 11 in the evening. He says that unlike idols, he is not the type to swallow his anger. From being followed at the airport to his ID and phone number being taken, he’s prepared to file a case as he didn’t know how his information will be used.
He even shared the chat messages received from a sasaeng fan. The fan claims to have texted a random number as she was feeling down after her boyfriend cheated on her. Taking none of it, Qu Chuxiao called her out for getting his number on purposes and being a sasaeng fan.
His strong words seem to have ticked off some people. One commented that he/she can’t tolerate celebrities scolding fans and no longer wants to be Qu Chuxiao’s fan. Qu Chuxiao admits the importance of fans to actors. He says Japanese, Korean actors and idols know this, but there’s a difference between actors who depend on popularity and those who depend on real acting skills.
After his posts trended, the fan from the plane speaks up to deny that she is a sasaeng fan. She admitted to liking Qu Chuxiao from Bloody Romance so when she happened to be on the same flight, she asked whether it was possible to be seated near him and did not pay anyone or break any rules to do so. She also denies contacting Qu Chuxiao by pretending that her boyfriend cheated on her. She adds that Qu Chuxiao was polite towards her so there was no truth to her crying because of their exchange.
Acting is his career. Just leave him alone to give a good performance… as he said he is not a idol.
He is right!he is not an idol that gotta be sugar coating to stupid fan. He is an actor
"Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything."
LOOOOVE THIS GUY!!!
It is really awesome he does not want to go the stupid idol route. He is not an idol, yay!!!
Idol fans are the worst ever. They would do everything to make their idol famous. They would create thousands of accounts to say good stuff about their idol, so that will create an illusion as if their idol is truly famous…then of course those actress/actor would owe the fans because they're not actually famous without those obsessive fans.
He did not even yell or act rude to the stupid obsessive fans, he did the right thing. He stand up for himself. It's a really good example others should learn from.
SAY NO to obssessive idol fans!
It’s refreshing to see someone speak up but it can be a two edge knife for his career too, esp after his recent fame. I like how he take no bs but that comment about popular actors with acting skills and those who dont can rub off a lot of people lol you dont want to burn the bridges you havent crossed. He isnt wrong, but the industry isnt very forgiving and a celeb earns money through fans so i hope he wont get too much lashback
I wonder why the gov't would boycott dramas with theme like time travelling, but they would not protect actors from these horrible obssessive fans?
One thing, it's so unhealthy for fans. Fans are the regular citizens who should be concerned. They just do nothing all day but spread fake rumors (good or bad) about their idols and other people's idols. Create fan wars all day.
Second thing, it's unfair in the entertainment circle that some people with no skills are spread with fake rumors that they have good acting skills. Because the fans want them to look good they will do everything to make their idol look good. And then, those actors who are truly talented, the media and internet would try to ruin them with fake lies that their acting sucks.
These actors's popularity and rating skills should not be measured up against the number amount of fans they have, that is not a good measurement.
In real life, people have eyes. We know whats the true and what are lies.
But the media and internet have no eyes, if obssessive fans want to gang up on something they'll just make it happen on the internet.
You're right to some extent but did this crazy fans choose his roles for him? Did they help him thru his auditions? Did they give birth to him? Nope! So they just need to STFU and worry about their lives.
Crazy how they don't only stalk actors online but in real life!
LOL yeah funny that fans don't even get to choose roles for idols, and they think they're the boss! All they do is, is to go and promote their idol's projects. Even when all the projects are very terrible. They will just go and rate them all really high and recommend them everywhere. They think people are blind and cannot tell how stupid a drama is, just because they say it is good does not make a stupid drama become gooder LMAO.
Also, they also attack good actors/actresses that are in better projects than their idol.
Fans like pushing idols to take popular roles from novels buzzing in social media. If they create enough noise for some directors to notice that an idol have the star power for good ratings, the directors might pick their idol but I don't think there are any proof to their theory yet.
Even though fans are important for an actor's success, an actor's job is to do good in good projects and not rely on fans to do all the helping. It's rather embarrassing to be an idol. Shoveling pesky parasite fans away is definitely the correct direction.
Eew he has to pampers an annoyingly immature crybaby girl stalker who threatened to unsubscribe him, so that he wouldn't burn bridges?
Let's hope there are lots of bridges. Burning bad bridges should be a big good deed, because bad bridges will kill lots of people seriously.
What he said is very powerful, glad that he's such a serious actor. He's only a newbie and not even a senior, yet he understands what work ethic is, he should be awarded.
"there's a difference between actors who depend on popularity and those who depend on real acting skills."
To Anon 4.d: bridges here mean bigger and more popular actors who have more influence and fans. You misunderstood what i meant lol talent or not, the popular actors are the one who is sought after and have more fans. If what he said rubs the fans the wrong way, they can go batshit on him and he wont get any project. Do you see what burning bridges mean now? Sometimes producers dont give two shits about talent. They care about how much money your bring and the talentless actors do exactly that. I’m nowhere condoning crazy fans but some comments here like to twist it that way. Yall are in chinese entertainment industry site, dont forget how crazy fans of popular actors can be and how backward the industry is. You can give him support online all you want but his domestic fans are the ones who push his career through. And i dont mean the crazy ones. He doesnt have to cater to anyone but he doesnt need to go nuclear on trying to be serious, esp as someone who has recent fame. Fame comes and goes fast.
Anon 4.d Well that's disgusting…sucks to be Chinese celebrities huh! To kneel your head for annoying fans…that's even worse than not getting any projects. You can get as many projects as you want, but you will only be well known for soughting out after fans, honing no true talent but only live off fans. You get your projects only because of them. You owe them everything, you're a puppet and a pet. To be popular in a notorious way like that isn't so good either.
That's so unfair because he didn't do anything wrong here. They published something tarnishing his name online and started the problem first. Like he said, why should he swallow his anger? Fans are customer, we get it. But he's not a prostitute who needs to sell himself to his fans. He's only selling his talent. If it was an actress going through what he did, people should be defending her because the fan crossed the line of her privacy. I think the man should get the same protection of privacy rights. I did not see how his comment is even nuclear of offensive in anyway, and fans are upset for the obvious fact that they might not get a chance to touch him ever. That's pure disgusting of them. They don't want him, as a victim to speak up or else they'll shame him even more. No employee protection in china at all or what?
Sucks when people make you a victim and don't want you to speak up, they'll make it look like you're making such a big fuss about yourself like you're the most important person ever. That's wrong, very wrong.
Agree with Anon 5. Facepalm is the feeling if I were his manager/publicist/studio company.
Anon 6: you're in chinese entertainment industry and you ask if there's employee protection in China? a country's known for it's inhumane practice? lmao bigger celebs have been harassed and nothing's been done. there should be laws for them but there isnt. it's not just Chinese celebs, Korean, Japanese celebs and more are under the same situation. fans make or break their career. you act so righteous for an industry who is full of talentless but famous people. talent alone wont get you anywhere.you didnt find it offensive doesnt mean others wont. you guys really underestimate the power of crazy fans from bigger celebs. he can talk all he want but when he meet these talentless celebs he still have to call them seniors lol yall preach so much but it is what it is. all i said is he better be careful with what he said. there are bigger and more powerful people out there
4h. The worst offenders of privacy infringement is in the West ie Hollywood, the paparazzi there are insane. it has nothing to do with China’s ‘inhumane’ policies. I don’t think it’s fair to conflate the two. But I also agree that if you’re a public figure it’s good to show a little humility. He’s relatively new, he has absolutely no grounds for some of the things he’s saying. He’s definitely going to rub many veterans in the industry in the wrong way with his words. Fame is getting to him way too easily.