No matter what you do, there will always be people who will bring up your past. Australian singer Kimberley Chen (陈芳语) can attest to that.
Kimberley recently released a duet with Namewee (黃明志) which got them banned from China’s social platforms. The song called “Fragile Glass Hearts (Fragile玻璃心)” touched on several sensitive issues. As a result, netizens have retaliated by digging up some unsavoury things in her past.
The music video has garnered over 7 million views with many netizens supporting the song. However, Chinese netizens aren’t too happy with the duo currently. Someone went a step further and revealed some ‘dirt’ they had on Kimberley.
The news originated from 2018 when Kimberley participated in “Produce 101 (创造 101)”. According to the article, she withdrew from a Taiwanese concert in order to participate in the show. Her withdrawal was done on a short-term notice, just 4 days before her scheduled performance!
Although it was old news, netizens apparently still feel strongly about the matter. “I remember there was news about it before, but when people saw the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s (involvement), they forgot everything and (got rid) of it,” one comment read. Another pointed out that she failed to win in “Production 101” so she had to redeem herself. “(Tasted) defeat, so now (Kimberley) has to sing (such) songs to (redeem herself),” a netizen said.
The singer has not openly brought up the issue on her socials. However, she did mention in a recent Instagram post that using technology to hurt others is immoral. “I hope that everyone can have empathy,” she wrote. “Don’t hurt or attack others deliberately.”
So far, neither Kimberley nor Namewee have shown any remorse for releasing their song. In fact, the Australian singer openly declared she was fine with not having access to Weibo. Aside from losing their Chinese social platforms, there has been no news of further action taken against them.