Internet Mob Rides Again – Liaoning Bitch-Girl
Here is her crime:
I won’t translate what she wrote in full, but it’s basically a 5 minute long, disgusting diatribe against the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. She calls them beggars, ask why their corpses are always showing up on TV, and calls on them to all die as quickly as possible.
The Western media gave extensive coverage to Grace Wang, and described her as the victim of “nationalists” uninterested in political debate. In reality, the Internet lynch mob is the dangerous side effect of a wild and unruly Internet community that ruthlessly enforces a basic set of morality.
Everything about Zhang Ya is now known; where she lives, her telephone number, her personal id information. Typically, this means she will have been bombarded with thousands of harassing online messages and telephone calls at every location she’s ever been associated with.
These messages allegedly from her family members (many such posts have been proven to be forgeries in the past) have now also been posted online:
Message 1: Zhang Ya is my daughter, and as parents, we have failed in educating her. She’s still ignorant to the ways of the world. During this time of great suffering for the entire nation, she’s done something that the Chinese people can not forgive and can not accept. I know that everyone can’t forgive her, and the law won’t forgive her, but I hope all of you can understand the concern we have, as parents, for our child. I can only say to the people of Sichuan, the people of China: I’m sorry! Zhang Ya’s almost in emotional collapse… please, please don’t push her any more. We will give everyone an explanation, give the people of Sichuan an explanation. I know after this news came out her mother has been very worried… she almost can’t walk straight. I hope everyone can forgive her, okay? Her mother and I work in other parts of the country, but we will return to Liaoning immediately… please, please don’t harm her. Speaking as a father, this is my heart-felt apology and hope. As far as this unfilial daughter, we will work harder to supervise her, monitor her in the future. Her mother and I have decided that we will donate all of our savings to the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. I hope that we can all work hard to make it past this difficult period. I’m kneeling in front of the Sichuan people!!!”
Message 2: I hope everyone can see this in a logical way. Zhang Ya’s behavior is just representative of all those ignorant children. Things like Audition (a game), Non-Mainstream (非主流, a culture/entertainment site)… the modern web has harmed and injured so many youths. Regardless of whether everyone can forgive her, as her parents we will absolutely tightly control and teach her going forward. I hope everyone can consider this incident from a logical perspective. I’m not expecting that everyone can forgive her, but at this moment of national trouble, I hope everyone can reach out with your helping hand and forgive this ignorant little girl. Zhang Ya only said these ignorant things because we didn’t teach and manager her properly. All of the responsibility for this lies on our shoulders as her parents. Please, everyone stop looking for her, we’re beginning!
Message 3: Hello to all netizens, I am Zhang Ya’s brother. I’m currently in Shenzhen, and just received my sister’s call this afternoon. After watching this video, to tell you the truth, I’m also disgusted… but she really didn’t mean it in a malicious way, it was just an impulsive moment of frustration that led her to say what she said: the world’s most disgusting, poisonous words. Now she’s really regretful, and really scared, she had no idea things would get this blown up. At the time, she just felt that the 3-day moratorium on all entertainment activities was too forced, and at a moment’s impulse recorded that video. But she knows she was wrong, now… I hope everybody can lessen the anger in their heart. Everyone can make mistakes, and she will give an explanation to the Chinese people, she will apologize to everyone… I’m preparing to go home right now, and I will take her to Sichuan so she can see for herself.
These comments have alleviated some of the heat. From the perspective of Chinese culture, an apology is in itself very meaningful.
There are still numerous netizens who are anything but satisfied with these responses. But there are also different voices on this issue in the Chinese Internet that suggests progress and growing maturity. The first impulse of many netizens was calling for Zhang Ya to be arrested immediately; and in a sense, that’s already progress over individuals taking matters into their own hands. Many called the Liaoning police authorities and demanded official action; many cheered the (completely unsubstantiated) rumor that she was being investigated, and had already been detained. But other netizens defended her right to free speech, and insisted that she and her family should not be arrested or harmed.
This has led to a discussion of which laws might apply to her case, and might be grounds for legal punishment. Some looked up the relevant clauses of the Law on Public Security Administration Punishments (中华人民共和国治安管理处罚法), and argued that the 42nd and 47th clauses (on defamation, and speech endangering public stability) should apply in this case. For a country that 20 years ago effectively had no legal system, this suggests an attempt to bring in “rule of law” is finally beginning to show some fruit.
UPDATE: Just came across this official news report from Sina, and it looks like everything above is completely fake. The real girl’s name is Gao Qianhui (高千惠), and she has been detained for investigation. Little else is known. This just goes to show how truly chaotic the Chinese internet is.
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