When you’re popular on the internet, it’s not that surprising to discover you have international fans. And while most international fans tend to be respectful of their internet celebrities’ countries, some apparently have no filter. Take what happened with influencer Cathryn Li (李元玲) for instance.
Cathryn recently celebrated Chinese New Year. As such, she uploaded a post wishing her followers “Happy Chinese New Year”. Unfortunately, her celebrations were slightly marred when a netizen dissed her for being from Malaysia!
The “Piano Goddess”, like many others, has recently been updating her followers about her Chinese New Year celebration. However, an unexpected hiccup cropped up when someone took the opportunity to insult Malaysia. Cathryn then shared the interaction on her socials. “I got (scolded) when I said I am not Chinese but (am a) Malaysian,” she said.
Beneath her words, she shared a screenshot of a comment she had received. “Are you proud to be a Malaysian?” the netizen demanded. “To be honest, most Chinese people think that Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand are really poor and backwards. People travel there only because it’s cheap! What are you third-class citizens proud of?”
Cathryn did not include her response. However, as it turned out, this was not the first time she had gotten into a spat with an alleged Chinese netizen. Last year, Cathryn also shared an argument she had with another netizen. Similar to her recent sharing, her argument then had also revolved around Malaysia. The netizen then had reportedly claimed Southeast Asia was “a poor place”.
Well, that’s certainly one way to start a diss war online. But, we sincerely hope Cathryn had a peaceful and joyous CNY celebration anyway.