Zhao Lusi Implicated in Illiteracy Controversy
While promoting his new movie Hidden Blade <無名>, Wang Yibo (王一博) was criticized after being unable to answer several simple questions posed by journalists. After a lengthy silence, he responded, “I don’t know.” The state media questioned how Wang Yibo could deliver a good performance if he was a “hopeless illiterate”? With the recent uproar, Rosy Zhao Lusi (趙露思) was also dragged into the mix as a past mistake was unearthed.
An article on CCTV titled “Illiterate Celebrities” mentioned a female actress had spent several months filming a drama, yet still could not differentiate whether the story took place in the early days of the founding of the Communist party or during the liberation. When artistes were asked to describe their characters, they would continuously use words such as proud, bossy, and abusive.
Although the article did not name Zhao Lusi, netizens were able to guess based on the clues. While promoting patriotic drama Hu Tong <胡同> last year, Zhao Lusi mixed up the founding years of the Communist Party and the People’s Republic of China. Some tried to defend her, clarifying that she had only spent two weeks filming for Hu Tong.
Zhao Lusi has been a part of many popular dramas such as Untouchable Lovers <鳳求凰>, The Romance of Tiger and Rose <傳聞中的陳芊芊>, and Who Rules the World <且試天下>. Last year’s Love like the Galaxy <星漢燦爛> propelled her popularity even further. Unfortunately as her recognition grows, the more likely past skeletons will be unearthed. She has previously been accused of being “two-faced” among her colleagues, treating her assistant as a maid, and faking her educational credentials. With this newest scandal, it is rumored that she is now blacklisted as her name is no longer searchable on CCTV’s official account, and they have deleted all of her scenes from Hu Tong.
Netizens are worried that all of her works will be taken off streaming platforms which will affect her co-stars Yang Yang (楊洋) and Leo Wu Lei (吳磊).