Taiwanese star Christine Fan hasn’t been on good terms with netizens for the longest time.
In January, she was slammed for criticising the Taiwanese government for banning the export of masks. She later apologised and went on a social media hiatus on January 30.
When her husband, Blackie Chen, dedicated an IG post to her on her birthday on March 18, the comments section was filled with insults from netizens who attacked the 44-year-old singer for looking “haggard”.
And when Christine finally made her social media comeback on April 7, she was subjected to hate again when netizens realised that she had limited her comments section.
As if all that online abuse wasn’t enough, the mother-of-two was ridiculed for a botched Photoshop attempt as well as for posting a quote about friendship on June 20.
The most recent of Christine’s recent clashes with netizens involves an incident which happened over 20 years ago. Basically netizens claimed that Christine, then a newbie singer, misled people into believing that she was a Harvard student on a Chinese variety show in 2000.
In actual fact, she was studying economics at Harvard Extension School, and did not even complete her degree before heading back to Taiwan to pursue her singing career.
This was the unrelated, innocuous Instagram post featuring her five-year-old twin boys River and Ryan and two other kids playing Just Dance on Nintendo Switch which triggered it all.
“I finally know why #switchdance is out of stock. Not only does it help fight COVID-19 [by keeping people indoors], it also allows children to sweat and release their energy! It's a great invention!” Christine wrote, at the same time reminding people not to go out during the Dragon Boat Festival.
What Christine didn't expect was for netizens to come at her with accusations such as: “Do your children know that you lied about studying at Harvard?” and “You were clearly studying at Harvard Extension College, so why did you not clear the air when they said that you were a Harvard student?"
The singer then responded to their comments, saying “Oh you… Is it that tough to do some fact-checking before you insult me?”
Another hater brought up the mask incident again and snidely remarked, “Do you know why masks are out of stock now?” Her reply: “I know. Thank you for the reminder. I also know that masks will not be out of stock if no one hoards them.”
Despite the hate, there were some fans who sympathised with Christine and left comments reminding her “not to care about or reply to haters”.
“Thank you, I will remind myself,” she wrote.
Yeah, give her a break, can?