Viral Week is our weekly round-up of the weekend’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about.
One of China’s most popular self-media bloggers learns the price of fame as Mimeng is wiped from WeChat, rainy weather increases underwear sales, and a student has the perfect homework excuse. But first…
Fan Bingbing is poised to return to screens in The Perfect Blue, directed by Cao Baoping (The Dead End), her first cinematic appearance since being embroiled in a tax scandal.
Mimeng, the divisive We Media pioneer followed by over 14 million readers, is the latest online personality to have their account wiped from the web, following a fake news scandal.
Lucky Air is suing a 28-year-old passenger who tossed two coins into one of its plane engine for good fortune, causing the flight to be grounded overnight at a cost of 140,000 RMB; the passenger was also detained for seven days.
Swine fever spreads
Even Xinhua is reporting on fresh outbreaks of the incurable infection, possibly coming to a pig farm near you…
Smalls sales surge
An unprecedented spate of rainy weather in southern China has seen a spike in the sales of underwear, apparently needed to replace those still hanging damply on the line. Netizens, though, wondered who are these people who don’t wash new underwear before wearing.
A crying primary schooler has been dubbed “most miserable kid of the year,” after the winter homework he spent weeks completing on the family kang (heated brick bed) disappeared—it turns out he was using a heat-erasable pen.