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In China, Even Sex Scandals Involve a Larger Population

February 12, 2008

Apparently, Canadian-born, Hong-Kong multi-untalented celebrity Edison Chen is not just your average douche with a fetish for hip-hop culture tritest clichés (“hate the game and dun hate the player“? Really? I mean, does anyone still speak like that in a non-ironic way in 2008?), he also liked to document his most intimate moments with various Asian celebrities in tasteful semi-pornographic snapshots involving part or whole of said celebrities’ nakedness, along with his own, for good measure.

 

I guess one should not be surprised that such a bright young lad did not think twice of handing over his fully loaded laptop to some random shop repair assistant somewhere. Whence its contents eventually made it to the internets at large, generating quite a turmoil. 

The story and its numerous plot twists (retired celebrities, Japanese actresses, Hong Kong triads, broken mariages, hell, even Jackie Chan got involved!) has already filled an entire subcontinent of Asian press articles, apparently leading to political repression unseen since the days of Tiananmen… 

As for Edison, things don’t look too good for him: sponsors couldn’t shed him fast enough, movie studios lost his phone number mid-shooting and he apparently managed to piss off a few bigwig entertainment industry moguls cum triad bosses (who didn’t appreciate the publication of his very personal and graphic way to ask their daughter in marriage). To top it all, I am afraid none of his former girlfriends is in any mood to console him at the moment. 

People, when will you learn? Keep your sex tapes on VHS and never trust the repairman.

Fugu Home Cooking

January 6, 2008

In Japan, there are two Schools of fugu-loving gourmets: those who think paying inflated restaurant fees for the expertise of a specially-trained fugu chef is worth the price… and those who rarely make it to their next meal (same, Google-translated).