Today is April Fools' Day, netizens have mischievously selected this year's top 10 fools in China. Many celebs from the worlds of show biz, sports and literature made it onto the list.
No. 10 Li Yi (李毅)
Reason listed: compared himself to Thierry Henry.
Internet comments claiming Li compared himself to Thierry Henry, have made him a target for ridicule.
Li Yi is a Chinese soccer player and coach. But his critical and pretentious off-field comments often overshadow his soccer skills. Internet comments claiming Li compared himself to Thierry Henry, have made him a target for ridicule. Fans dubbed him Imperator Li Yi the Great, and he has become an Internet figure of fun along the lines of Chuck Norris in the United States.
But Li denies ever comparing himself to Henry. After Shenzhen Jianlibao beat Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1-0 at home, Li said he had shielded the ball at the corner flag in injury time to ensure victory, as he had seen Thierry Henry do. The media had sensationalized his comments, Li said.
No. 2 Shi Jinquan (石金泉)
Reason listed: seeking charity by false pretences
Xie Sanxiu walked on her knees through Guangzhou city center with her sick daughter. [Xinhua]
Shi Jinquan and Xie Sanxiu apologized for seeking charity by false pretences. [Guangzhou Daily]
Shi Jinquan, a renowned netizen among China's online community, recently attracted attention for seeking charity by false pretences in his efforts to help Xie Sanxiu, a woman from the countryside in Hubei Province and who cannot afford to pay medical treatment for her daughter's eye cancer.
Xie posted a message in a web forum asking for donations.
A netizen, named "Jinquan Shaoxia," responded to her request saying he would donate 20,000 yuan if Xie walked on her knees through Guangzhou city center. But the netizen refused to pay up after Xie completed his request. His refusal was widely denounced on the Internet.
But it was later revealed the netizen, whose real name is Shi Jinquan, has persuaded Xie to stage the stunt as a ploy to drum up sympathy and donations for the latter's sick daughter.
No. 8 Zhou Libo (周立波)
Reason listed: suspected wife beater
Zhou Libo is a Chinese stand-up comedian from Shanghai, best known for delivering his lines in a mixture of Mandarin, Shanghainese and English. He frequently makes biting comments about modern life, economics and politics. But after he re-married to a rich woman last December, his former wife slammed him in her blog as a wife beater and a gold-digger.
No. 7 Liu Xiang (刘翔)
Reason listed: uneventful days in Parliamentary sessions
China's Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion hurdler Liu Xiang had another unproductive time at this year's Parliamentary sessions in Beijing.
Liu became a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) four years ago.
He missed the 2008 session due to a clash with a world indoor athletics tournament, and only made it for the last two days of the 2009 session. He submitted a proposal for better benefits for sports coaches but, pressured by journalists, he admitted someone else had drawn it up.
At this year's session Liu submitted no proposals.
No. 6 Feng Xiaogang (冯小刚)
Reason listed: big winner of the Golden Broom Award (similar to Golden Raspberry Award in the United States)
Feng Xiaogang is probably China's most successful "commercial" filmmaker. His comedies consistently perform well at the box office.
But Feng was the big "winner" at the second Golden Broom Awards held in Beijing on Feb 22. The awards spotlight the worst films of the year.
Feng's romantic comedy 'If You Are the One 2' was placed among the three "most disappointing films of the year" and had "the most disappointing product placement in a film". Feng was also named "the most disappointing director of the year".
Feng did not attend the awards ceremony and slammed the judges on his micro blog as "shrewd bastards" who should get a "golden abacus award" for taking advantage of others' celebrity status.
No. 5 Liu Xinwu (刘心武)
Reason listed: attempt to complete the classic novel The Dream of Red Mansions
Liu Xinwu is a Chinese author born in 1942. Since the early 1990s Liu has been engaged in Redology - the study of the famous 18th-century Chinese novel The Dream of Red Mansions. The novel was left unfinished and more than 100 alternative endings have been offered over the years.
Liu Xinwu's effort will be published in April, 2011. But netizens are already describing his sequel to the masterpiece as 'deplorable' and his efforts to write verse as 'doggerel'.
No. 4 Charles Zhang (张朝阳)
Reason listed: accused of publishing a real time photo show of his friends' wedding ceremony against their wishes
CEO of news portal Sohu Charles Zhang (张朝阳) insisted he did nothing wrong at Barbie Hsu (徐熙媛) and Wang Xiaofei's (汪小菲) wedding, after he was accused of publishing photos in real time on his microblog and website - even though he was told not to.
"I don't think what I've done constitutes a mistake either in terms of the law or friendship. So I will neither admit to a mistake nor apologize," Charles said in a statement on his microblog, on March 25.
Barbie Hsu also known as Da S (大S) is a Taiwan actress and singer. She married Chinese entrepreneur Wang Xiaofei on Hainan Island on 22 March 2011. Fans were desperate for a glimpse of the wedding but the media were excluded.
No. 3 Chen Guangbiao (陈光标)
Reason listed: donating money with menaces
Chen Guangbiao (C, front) often pops up in disaster areas handing out red envelopes stuffed with cash.
Mr Chen Guangbiao, a Chinese billionaire, has been dubbed China's Top Philanthropist. He has also been given the titles of National Earthquake Relief Hero, National Moral Model and so on.
He claims to have been inspired by the two US billionaires, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, and says all his money will go to charity after he dies. So it was ironic when people found out that Chen won't even help his own family out.
His sister earns 1,800 yuan ($270) a month washing dishes in a hotel, and his brother earns only slightly more working as a security guard.
Chen often pops up in disaster areas handing out red envelopes stuffed with cash. But many people see him as a cheap self-publicist. His charity work has been described as "donating money with menaces" because of the way he tramples on the dignity of his beneficiaries.
No. 2 Isabella Leong (梁洛施)
Reason listed: to fail to marry billionaire despite giving birth to his three sons
Isabella Leong and her first son [Xinhua]
Isabella Leong is a Hong Kong-based actress and singer. In 2007, she was introduced to Richard Li, the son of Hong Kong's richest man, Li Ka-shing. In 2009, Leong gave birth to their first son. In June 2010, Leong gave birth to twin sons in San Francisco.
In March 2011, Leong announced that she and Li had ended their relationship. They both said the split was amicable and that they will share the upbringing of their children. So Leong failed to marry the billionaire, despite giving birth to three sons.
No. 1 Zhang Yiyi (张一一)
Reason listed: compared himself to Confucius
Overseas Chinese media, including the ChinaPress (Qiaobao) in the US, Nouvelles d'Europe in France and Lianhe Zaobao in Singapore have named The Study on Sensationalization by young writer Zhang Yiyi as one of the top 10 literary masterpieces in China's 5000-year history, alongside classic works such as The Dream of Red Mansions, the Book of Changes, and the Art of War.
Zhang is well-known in China for his startling quotes and his ability to hype-up celebrities. In his book, he explains the quickest and most effective ways to sensationalize people and events and likens himself to Chinese cultural giants like Confucius and Laozi.
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