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China Internet backlash after televised 'mistress' confession

Published on Aug 5, 2014 7:14 PM
 
This picture taken on August 21, 2011 shows Guo Meimei (centre) walking out from a police station with her grandmother after reporting her and her family members being harrassed by strangers in Beijing. Chinese Internet users rose up in anger Tuesday after the televised prostitution and gambling "confession" of a woman who embroiled the China Red Cross in scandal - but condemned the media, rather than her. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese Internet users rose up in anger Tuesday after the televised prostitution and gambling "confession" of a woman who embroiled the China Red Cross in scandal - but condemned the media, rather than her.

Guo Meimei, now 23, triggered a wave of public ire in 2011 when she flaunted her wealth online and claimed she was the general manager of a firm called "Red Cross Commerce", which web users took to mean she had received embezzled funds.

"Guo Meimei Baby", as she is known online, posted photos of her opulent lifestyle to nearly two million followers on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo, posing in front of a Maserati or sipping a drink in business class on a plane.

The China Red Cross denied any ties to Guo, and the actress and singer later insisted that she had made up her job title.

 
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