Lou Jing, 20, who made it on China’s American Idol-type show, now says she’s rather die than go back on the competition. Who can blame her after the venomous uproar she received from netizens about her skin color: online commenters called her skin color “gross” and “ugly,” saying she was shameless for appearing on TV. Lou Jing is of mixed race–her mother is Chinese and her father, though she’s never met him, is African-American. Still, the worst insults aimed at her mother–for having a child with an African-American out of wedlock.
Born and raised in China, Lou Jing has always seen herself as Shanghainese. “But after the competition,” she said, “I started to have doubts about who I really am.” While she wasn’t bothered by her nicknames “Black Pearl” and “Chocolate Angel” on the show, she admits, “It was only after entering the competition that I realized I was different from others.”
Watch this clip from Go! Oriental Angel, the TV competition, below (sorry, no subtitles)…
First of all, this whole thing is sad and ridiculous. But what makes it even more outrageous is that she’s totally gorgeous! Geez.
Read the full story on NPR here. (Thanks Joshua!)