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May 27, 2008

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems…

While most of us were shocked by the earthquake in Sichuan, China and saddened by the devastation it caused, there were others just waiting for the chance to turn it to their advantage. You know the type of netizen, if they get the scent of blood, then they go in for the kill.

Their current victim is entertainer Andy Lau. Like a host of other celebrities, he has donated a considerable sum to the relief fund. However, when it was revealed that the amount in question was “only” $100,000, members of the online community were up in arms. Their problem was that someone with the riches of Andy Lau should be giving far more than that. Yeah, he’s so selfish, right…

I wonder how much money these Cyber-Champions of Sichuan donated? It seems that celebrities can’t do right or wrong, damned if they do, damned if they don’t. The same problem arose last year when Korean celebrities went to volunteer and clean up the oil spill at Taean. It was out of the question that, despite their high profile careers, celebrities might actually want to help. No, no, it was those crafty DBSK boys taking any opportunity they could to make themselves look good. Another SM marketing technique. In fact, they probably orchestrated the whole oil spill just for the photo-ops…

Is anyone else getting sick and tired of these bad netizen attitudes? Why is it so hard to believe that Changmin has a pretty face and a big heart too? Speaking up in Andy Lau’s defence, Feng Xiaogang revealed that $100,000 had been agreed as the standard contribution from all members of the Hong Kong Performing Artiste’s Guild. After all, not every actor in Hong Kong makes as much money as Andy Lau, it had to be a figure that everyone could afford. Furthermore, there’s nothing to stop Andy making subsequent donations privately, which I’m sure he has done.

But why should the truth and common sense get in the way of a good internet scandal? Let’s vilify Andy – he’s famous he can handle it…

As for the vicious netizens who seek to spoil an act of generosity, I wish they would take a closer look at the victims of the earthquake. Absolutely ANYTHING that they get is helpful. Maybe people making negative comments about people who do help should reach into their pockets before reaching for their keyboards.



  1. They also hated on Yao Ming for donating $500,000.

    I think a lot of the netcits don’t realize that the donations don’t really matter all that much. Money isn’t going to save anybody’s life. I mean it’s mostly going to used for rebuilding and the government can take care of most of it on their own. They’re all just venting their own frustrations in their inability to do anything to help and think that those with money and fame should/can do more.

    But yeah, all that jazz about who donated how many cookies is just a little lame.

    Comment by chunzhu — May 27, 2008 @ 5:18 am

  2. I do think money will be a factor in saving lives, insofar as it can be used to run emergency services, supply hospitals and provide food, water and clothing. In cases like this though, it gets messy when people can’t diferenciate between the public sector and the private sector…

    Comment by Milsean — May 28, 2008 @ 1:04 am

  3. Well, the donated money might be used for buying supplies and running services, but if no one donated money, the Chinese government will still have to money to provide for those things. Donations help relieve burden from the government and NGOs in the long run, but in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, the donated money probably won’t play too big of a role in saving lives.

    Not that I’m saying people shouldn’t donate money. The Red Cross and other aid organizations definitely need funds to do more good things in the future.

    Comment by chunzhu — May 30, 2008 @ 6:56 am

  4. I agree, I’m not sure that the Chinese government is in so healthy a financial position. Allowing aid from alternative sources seems to be the most effective option and the safest.

    Comment by Milsean — June 1, 2008 @ 4:22 am

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