Taiwanese singer Christine Fan is one of those celebs who just can’t seem to do anything right on social media. Whether she’s sharing something as innocuous as her excitement for a new song, or when she’s trying to be inspirational with quotes about singing and friendship, or even when she simply tries to limit who can leave comments on her posts, netizens have always found an excuse to mercilessly criticise her.
It’s not exactly clear when this massive grudge began to take shape. Early last year, Christine was slammed for her ”insensitive” remarks about the China Airlines’ pilot strike. Months later, she was accused of being a blabbermouth ‘cos of a statement she made that was taken as an acknowledgement of Fish Leong’s then-unconfirmed divorce. If we go even further back, there’s the whole “I went to Harvard” misunderstanding from the year 2000 that people still haven’t quite forgotten.
Whew. All right, that’s it for our ‘Netizens Hate Christine Fan’ history lesson. So what’s the latest hubbub about?
Well, Taiwan celebrated its National Day on October 10, but there was a conspicuous lack of posts commemorating the occasion on Christine’s socials. Instead, two days later, the 44-year-old shared a photo of a quote — which looks like something a relative would forward in the WhatsApp family group chat — and paraphrased some of the contents in her caption.
“Let’s encourage each other,” she wrote. “May we always stick to our original intentions! The easiest thing in the world is blaming others. The hardest thing in the world is knowing and understanding yourself. The greatest thing in the world is to love without expecting anything in return.”
Seems pretty harmless and even sorta uplifting, right? Netizens certainly didn’t think so.
Before long, Christine was reminded about the time she condemned the Taiwanese government and Premier Su Tseng-chang for halting the export of masks during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. Another incident that earned her a lot of backlash.
“It’s the easiest thing to blame a gou guan, but it’s the hardest thing to know your own ignorance,” one retorted, using Christine’s own quote against her and referring to the same derogatory term she scolded the Premier with, which translates to “dog official”. Other users sniped, “Didn’t you blame Su Tseng-chang at that time?”, “Hypocrites are the worst”, and “She even swore while accusing others, and she still has the cheek to post this after being criticised?”.
Of course, Christine was also attacked for failing to wish her own country a happy birthday. The top comment on her Instagram says, “You and your family are living well, so you should be grateful for how Taiwan has handled the pandemic.”
Then there was that one person who was probably sick and tired of seeing Christine constantly digging her own grave: “I think… you should just shut your mouth.”