She wished to be the brand new child on the block.
A 13-year-old Chinese woman is drawing comparisons to the cross-dressing Disney character “Mulan” after reportedly lying about her intercourse to join a boy band.
“I’m sorry to everyone who put their trust in me,” wrote Fu Jiayuan in a mea culpa on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, claiming her masquerade was due to her being “young and ignorant,” the BBC reported.
Per the assertion, Fu had pretended to be a man so she develop into a member of YGN Youth Club’s boot camp, a difficult program that trains preteen boys, aged 11 to 13, the requisite dance and vocal expertise to develop into wealthy and well-known pop stars. A examine, entitled the “White paper on idol industry and fan economy in 2019,” projected that China’s idol financial system would attain $15 billion by 2020.
The aspiring diva was by no means an official member of the band, solely the boot camp, however she did seem in coaching movies, which depict her rocking a quick haircut a la “Shakespeare in Love,”according to the Daily Mail. Fu’s cowl was blown after sharp-eyed Weibo customers identified that she was, actually, a woman.
YGN Youth Club has since claimed that Fu managed to slip underneath their radar as a result of auditions had been held on-line due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our staff were negligent in the work process,” the pop star purveyor wrote in a assertion. “In the future, we will adhere strictly to the company’s rules and regulations.”
In gentle of her charade, the heartbroken singer has since vowed to by no means “show up in the entertainment industry or on any video platforms in the future,” per the assertion.
Nonetheless, some Weibo customers have since lauded Fu for her moxie. In truth, many analogized her to Mulan, the Chinese folks heroine who famously masqueraded as a man to cease the Hun invasion of China when her was father too infirm to struggle. She was popularized within the 1998 Disney flick of the identical identify.
“The look of idol groups is so androgynous these days, so it’s hard to tell,” stated one newfound fan. “Just let her join.”
In truth, China has more and more clamped down on the leisure trade for selling “effeminate” kinds and “vulgar influencers” in its packages.