Just last month, netizens got up in arms about Chinese pop idol Huang Zitao flaunting his wealth on social media.
His feed, which is filled with photos of his expensive watches, luxury cars, multi-million dollar art pieces and his private jet, drew flak because netizens felt that it “wasn’t right” for the 27-year-old to be so ostentatious so soon after his father’s death. Zitao’s father, businessman Huang Zhongdong, passed away earlier this year and reportedly left his S$4bil fortune to his only son.
The singer seems to be paying his haters no heed as he continues to post about his high SES lifestyle. His latest IG post on November 14 was a series of photos taken on his super luxurious private jet, which not only has a queen-sized bed in a private bedroom (because seats that can recline fully just don’t cut it), along with a communal area with more than enough space for 10 passengers. There's also a, um, refreshment corner, a wall-mounted LCD TV and dining table that can fit six people comfortably.
“Beautiful day beautiful life. Thank you for everything (sic),” Zitao wrote. Although he didn’t mention who he was thanking or any other details, the photos alone were enough to piss off netizens who already think that he is being a braggart. “Is our advice falling on deaf ears? How could he be so obsessed with showing off how rich he is so soon after his dad’s passing?” one netizen grumbled.
There was also a netizen who noted that private jets cost at least 17mil yuan (S$3.48mil) a year to upkeep. This sum includes parking, maintenance and miscellaneous fees, and excludes how much the pilot and flight attendants would be paid.
“He’s not pretending that he’s rich. He is rich,” one netizen quipped. “Say whatever you like about him, but the truth is that none of you will ever get to experience such luxury in your lifetime.”