You’d think netizens would have learned not to mess with Annie Yi, after she took legal action against some very, very rude people who posted nasty things about her three-year-old daughter Milly last year.
On March 4, the Taiwanese singer-actress celebrated her 51st birthday (or 52nd, if you’re going by the Chinese system of age reckoning that believes we are one year old at birth, which is what Annie does) and shared a lengthy post and video on Weibo paying tribute to her family.
“With every year that passes, I think I have already reached my best age, but then I get another year older and I realise that something good can always become better,” she wrote. “At 52 years old, I am still an old girl, living better than ever and smiling brighter than ever.”
Despite her uplifting message, Annie still managed to attract one particularly horrid comment from a troll, who scoffed, “Old woman, don’t go out and be a demon.”
That certainly got Annie’s attention, and she promptly re-posted the comment along with a sassy comeback of her own. And boy, she did not hold back.
“I feel sad for you. Didn’t your mother teach you manners?” she wrote. “In order to become emperor, men came up with the notion that a woman is no longer valuable when she is old. Why are you belittling your fellow woman? No matter how young and beautiful someone is, they are just like savages if they are so ill-mannered. I really feel so much shame and sadness for you. I hope you learn how to be polite and respect other women soon.”
Other netizens then chimed in with their support, urging Annie not ignore such trolls. They also praised her for her powerful clapback. However, she appears to have taken down her response for some reason... but not before screenshots were taken and circulated online.
In her original birthday post, Annie shared that the best birthday gift from her son Harrison, who turns 18 soon, was that he had gained admission into two prestigious art schools, Central Saint Martins in London and Parsons School of Design in New York. “I shed tears like crazy when I received the acceptance letters,” she recalled. Harrison is Annie's son with Taiwanese singer Harlem Yu, whom she was married to for nine years.
She also included a secretly recorded bedtime conversation she had with Milly in her post, where the little girl is heard promising to buy her mum all sorts of wonderful things when she grows up. Chinese actor Qin Hao, Annie’s second husband of five years, also got a brief mention in her musings about love and marriage as well.
So maybe the troll was just jealous.