Annie Yi found herself in just about everyone’s bad books after her controversial comments about the late Anita Mui made headlines. Although she claimed that she was a victim of malicious editing on the part of the producers of Sisters Who Made Waves, not everyone is buying her explanation.
And when you’ve become a target of haters, everything you do gets scrutinised — just like how netizens suddenly found fault with what Show Luo has been doing on variety shows for years.
On a recent episode of reality show My Dearest Ladies, which Annie stars in with her husband, actor Qin Hao, and her mother-in-law, the star was seen calling actress Li Sheng’s mother ‘auntie’. Netizens quickly took issue with that simply because Annie is 52 while Li Sheng’s mama is 56.
Li Sheng's mum was paying Qin Hao’s mum a visit and Annie greeted her mother-in-law’s guest by saying “Hello auntie!”. Who knew that the short greeting would cause an intense debate on social media.
"[Annie's] skin is incredibly thick,” one netizen wrote. “I’ll admit that she looks young for her age, but she needs to take a look at her birth date before she opens her mouth.”
But it wasn't all hate for Annie as there were also those who believe that she was just being respectful. “My grand-aunt has a son who is younger than me, and yet I call him uncle. Would you call me thick-skinned? [Annie] would also have been flamed if she treated Li Sheng’s mother as a friend.”
Even though Annie is just four years younger than Li Sheng's mum, the fact that the latter is a friend of her mother-in-law, means that Annie has to address her as ‘auntie’ as a form of respect.