Remember the iconic scene when Princess Mia’s face was finally revealed behind her BEFORE photos in her makeover on The Princess Diaries? Well, the week’s surprise reveal behind live streaming host Qiao Biluo’s voice was less grand in scale but still so dramatic in the punch that it packed. If you were checking for celebrities on Weibo, then you would’ve seen the livestreamer as the top trending topic.
Was it an epic PR stunt or was it an unintentional technical slip up? That is the question Netizens are asking when they got a special preview of the host’s visage on screen. In the past, she’d never ever revealed her face on screen and is usually obscured behind an emoji so viewers only have her sweet voice to relate to. Previously, she would also share photos on social media. Though she never claimed the photos to be herself, many thought that it was her. Now that it’s been exposed to the world, we can see that a sweet middle aged auntie is behind the equally sweet voice of Qiao Biluo.
Surprised? I’m kinda… not. The live broadcast industry still remains mainly unregulated so pretty much anything goes really. As to auntie and her live stream, she’s admitted that “the reveal” was an intentional ploy. While it seems to have landed her in hot water as fans left en masse, surprise surprise her number of followers skyrocketed (post promotion) and jumped up to more than 5 times the original. Not bad huh for a day’s work. Unfortunately though, things aren’t doing so great for her after the slew of outraged Netizens saw the closure of her platform on Douyu.
The internet really is an amazing thing and you can really be literally anyone you wanna be in it. Poor auntie though with her show shut down – did her face really have such a huge impact that it sank a production? I mean, followers were perfectly happy interacting with an emoji in the past so putting a face to the name so to speak really shouldn’t matter that much after all eh?