Fans can really be borderline crazy sometimes. Author Wei Xi’s 未夕 found herself at the receiving end of threatening messages from antis who were vehemently against Yang Mi’s rumored casting in a new drama based on her novel.
Wei Xi’s novel Children of the Qiao Family 乔家的儿女 is set to be adapted into a TV series produced by Daylight Entertainment whose recent hits include All is Well and The Story of Minglan. No cast has been announced yet there have been rumors of Yang Mi’s attachment to the drama which has displeased some netizens who didn’t think twice to let the author know about it.
Wei Xi vented her frustrations in a now-deleted post to say that she’s had enough of the insults and threats she’s received day after day. She also revealed a snippet of one of the messages that she received where one user cursed at her and threatened to commission a bunch of yxh (ying xiao hao / marketing accounts) to ‘expose’ her novel for copyright infringement.
The user said, “Do not use Yang Mi, I warn you. What the hell is Yang Mi? If you cast her, I guarantee the drama will flop. Copyright infringement, I have tons of yxh for that.” Said user also suggested another person, presumably someone he or she was a fan of, for the part.
Wei Xi was understandably mad but issued an apology for her outburst later that day. She admits that she was shocked by the insults she’s received and the threat to make up rumors about plagiarism was the last straw that pushed her to vent her angers through social media. She apologized for her outburst and said that other than official updates about the drama, she will no longer post anything unnecessary because she is not a fan nor an anti of any celebrity. To those cursing her family, she wrote, “no one can curse anyone to die. Everyone take care of your health, stay protected when going outdoors, wear a mask! Happily chase after celebrities, be happy fans!”
Obviously, Yang Mi’s supporters were furious over what happened and at the same time worried for their idol. Most of them headed to Wei Xi’s Weibo page to apologize for the incident and relayed their hope that it won’t affect the author’s impression of the actress. As of now, there’s no official announcement about the casting so this little incident was really nonsense to begin with.