Ever since Chinese actress Zheng Shuang’s surrogacy scandal made headlines last month, she has seen her reputation and career go down in flames.
The 29-year-old has been blacklisted by showbiz, dropped by brands like a hot potato, and now, it seems, a well-known food delivery app in China has blocked her.
According to media reports, the name “Zheng Shuang” has been blacklisted by the app and anyone with that moniker will not be able to place an order.
When a customer keys in the name “Zheng Shuang”, a warning message will pop up indicating that it contains “sensitive words”. The customer will have to change her name or she will not be able to proceed with the order.
Initially, netizens questioned if this was the work of rival food delivery apps.
However, an increasing number of netizens have reported that they've been blocked by the app. A search on the Ministry of Public Security website by netizens showed that there are 7,879 people with the name Zheng Shuang in China.
When a fan contacted the app to find out what their definition of sensitive words is, she was told that this is "automatically defined by the system" and that it will let the company handle the matter.
Netizens quickly took to social media to slam the alleged ban, calling it “disgusting” and “uncalled for”. There were also calls to boycott the app.
"What sort of discrimination is this? So everyone with the name Zheng Shuang in China can’t order delivery?” said one netizen, while another wrote: “You are really arrogant, and we are not worthy. There are so many apps out there, we don’t have to use [your platform].”
There are also many netizens who felt that while Zheng Shuang had done wrong, she should not be deprived of her rights as a human being.
"Is she not even worthy of using food delivery apps now?" asked one netizen.
Another wrote: "Even criminals do not deserve such treatment.”