Bystander Video Shows Chinese Blogger Wang Xixi Punching and Kicking Food Delivery Man
A well-known Chinese auto industry blogger named Wang Xixi (@王兮兮Shirley, 3.1 million fans on Weibo) is at the center of controversy since a video leaked on social media that shows her hitting and punching a food delivery man.
The video, that was recorded by a bystander in Beijing in March of this year, shows Wang standing outside a building during nighttime, yelling at a delivery guy working for the Meituan company (see part of the video in tweet below, full video here).
Quite infuriating how Chinese blogger & presenter Wang Xixi is punching on this Meituan delivery man and then tries to hide behind her status as a "media person." Big story on Weibo now. pic.twitter.com/7H6U3JiONs
— Manya Koetse (@manyapan) 25 juni 2019
According to various Chinese media sources, the altercation occurred after Wang and her colleague were driving together and hit the Meituan delivery man on his scooter.
Although the police ruled that Wang’s colleague was at fault in the accident, the blogger later went to find the delivery man, named Tian.
The video shows Wang screaming at Tian, and then she starts kicking and hitting him, after which she accuses him of hitting her instead.
When he tries to call the police, she attempts to take his phone away from him. “Do you know what I do?”, she can be heard saying in the video: “I’m in the media industry!”
Wang Xixi is a blogger and presenter for various online channels related to the auto industry.
Abusing Media Background
The incident has especially sparked controversy on Chinese social media because Wang apparently tried to use her media background to clear her name after the video started making its rounds.
Wang Xixi is a graduate from the Communication University of China (CUC). In screenshots that are now going viral on Weibo, Wang asks her friends in the media field for help in this matter to get her story on state media to “clarify,” because she is suffering from “internet violence.”
Many netizens are angry, not just because of Wang’s violent behavior towards the Meituan delivery staff, but also because she has clearly been trying to use her media influence to threaten Tian and to clear her name by changing the story.
“She is abusing her media background to bully on the Meituan delivery man,” one commenter writes, calling Wang’s behavior “repulsive.”
Earlier this month, Chinese singer Yico Zeng also triggered major controversy for refusing to comply with security officers’ orders at the Beijing airport, after which she turned to social media to expose one officer’s personal details.
On June 25, Wang published an apology video on her Weibo account, calling herself “hot-headed” and “impertinent.” The apology post soon attracted more than 66,000 comments, but these were blocked from public viewing. Wang also stated she had already apologized to the Meituan delivery man.
“Your apologies are useless, the impact has already been too big, time for you to be shut out,” some Weibo users write.
“Just because you’re a ‘big V’ [verified social media influencer], you think it’s ok to hit someone? If that delivery guy had hit you instead, he’d be arrested immediately.”
Meituan responded to the issue stating that Wang had indeed apologized to their delivery staff member, and that the matter had been settled.
For many netizens, however, this case is far from over yet, and they are demanding that Wang should be punished for her actions. As for now, it is not clear to what extent the incident will impact Wang’s work.
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