Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 140: Qingquan’s Crisis, A Grand Confession
Shen Jintai hurriedly took the phone in Li Meilan’s hand and checked it. As soon as this Weibo broke out, there were more than 40 hot searches. He clicked on it and looked.
[Bai Yueguang lingers in gay nightclubs and becomes a fan of the gays!]
The video was taken in a nightclub in a foreign country. It wasn’t clear. There was an Asian face among a group of handsome foreign guys. Knowing Bai Qingquan, he recognized him with a single glance.
Shen Jintai really didn’t expect that the object of Headline Entertainment’s filler turned out to be Bai Qingquan! It turned out that the reason they wrote [Secrets of the East Palace] with such certainty was because they had a spare tire!
“My God, I didn’t even guess that it was Bai Qingquan!”
“At first, everyone guessed that it was Yang Lizhi and Zheng Siqi. I think after the charity dinner last night, some people guessed that it was Shen Jintai, but they didn’t expect that the last one to burst out was Bai Qingquan, who had always been set up to walk the path of a little fairy!”
“This material is a big blow to Bai Qingquan. Will his image collapse? I don’t know how his company is going to respond.”
“Weibo has already reached the top ten! Bai Qingquan really encountered a crisis this time!”
Zhang Yuan was losing his temper in the office and scolded Wei Ge.
“Things are already like this, so we have to think of countermeasures quickly.” Wei Ge spoke calmly and said, “After the last movie was made, he couldn’t get out of his emotions. The company gave him a vacation, so he went abroad for a few days. He didn’t tell me about going to nightclubs, though. Who would have thought that someone would recognize him abroad.”
What he said made sense. Even if he was a top-tier superstar in China, when it came to a foreign country, he was just an ordinary person. This could only mean that Bai Qingquan was unlucky and was photographed.
“Is he here? Isn’t he always very cautious? Why did he go to a gay bar this time?”
Wei Ge didn’t know what Bai Qingquan was thinking. After coming out of Zhang Yuan’s office, he immediately went to meet Bai Qingquan. There were already many people in his room, all anxious as they were organizing the water army and fans to control the comments. The hot search was taken down but soon went up again. Major forums were discussing it in full swing. It was mainly because Bai Qingquan looked too lustful as his head shook, fluttering his hair under the flashing lights, making him look particularly unruly.
Bai Qingquan sat blankly on the sofa, his head hanging down.
Wei Ge called him to his office and closed the door. “Tell me, what do you have to say besides the dancing and drinking? Was there anything else?”
He needed to know the inside story.
Bai Qingquan said, “I went out with a friend from abroad. I danced and drank. I was accosted, but nothing else happened.”
Wei Ge: “Do you think they have more powerful materials in their hands?”
Bai Qingquan shook his head. “I have done much, but I didn’t make an appointment.”
Wei Ge walked to the window, stood for a while, and said, “Why did you go there?”
Bai Qingquan said, “I just want to indulge.”
After filming <When You’re Older> he couldn’t get out of his emotions. In addition to being uncomfortable, he felt nostalgic for Shen Jintai. He thought he was lacking in love since he had never been so close to a man before, so after a few months of filming, he couldn’t tell what his feelings for Shen Jintai were.
Being distressed and acting on impulse, he asked his friend to take him to see the world. He was still relatively conservative, so he didn’t hook up with anyone, but he still flirted casually and went a bit crazy. He didn’t expect he would be photographed. He had never been recognized by anyone outside the country before.
Honestly, there were many domestic male celebrities who were deep in the closet and were regulars at gay nightclubs when they went abroad, and he had never seen any of them explode. In short, this was purely bad luck.
He regretted it. He didn’t even dare to see the reaction of the moonlight powders.
Moonlight powders were used to tearing people up and had very few opponents. Bai Qingquan’s image had always been perfect since his debut. Now that his image was collapsing, several opponents cheered while passersby simply stood on the sidelines watching the dumpster fire of a perfect male god overturn. This was an incident that couldn’t be suppressed.
“Are you gay if you go to a gay nightclub? Hahaha, what kind of logic is this!” Moonlight powders were going crazy.
“That’s right, my brother’s in <When You’re Older> and it’s a same-sex drama. He also has gay friends like Shen Jintai around him. How is it reasonable to say he’s gay just because he was drinking and dancing at a gay nightclub?!”
Even if the video was there, moonlight powders didn’t believe it.
Yan Qiuchi became aware of this after their meeting, when Fang Yun told him. He didn’t expect Headline Entertainment to pull an ace out of their sleeve like this. This was equivalent to Bai Qingquan taking a bullet for Shen Jintai. He needed to protect Bai Qingquan as he was an artist of his company.
It seemed he had to hastily advance what he had planned for next week.
Bai Qingquan certainly won’t admit it. If he did, he would encounter an even bigger crisis that could lead to the abandonment of his fans, and he didn’t need to admit it. It wasn’t like the photograph was incriminating. He wasn’t showing any affection to anyone in it. Besides there had been several male celebrities who had been photographed kissing or hen-pecking with the same sex. This could be turned into a joke between straight men, and they just happened to be in a gay nightclub.
Doing this, though, would only make Bai Qingquan’s road to coming out of the closet more difficult in the future. But even so, it still wasn’t good to come out. Although society may be more tolerant towards homosexuality, Shen Jintai was the only one out of the closet in the industry.
If Shen Jintai wasn’t stamped as a homosexual, he would definitely be more popular than he was now. Many dramas have passed him over simply because of his sexual orientation.
Sunshine Media reacted very quickly, issuing a statement denying the same-sex rumors, but not long after this statement was issued, Bai Qingquan’s alt account was discovered. Artists generally have an alt account, but Bai Qingquan had multiples, at least two or three. The one that was discovered was his most common one. When he first used it, he was cautious, but later, when he found out no one had noticed, he let himself go, especially recently. During this period, he was extremely thirsty for love, and his alt posts were basically all about men.
It’s nothing new for a celebrity alt account to be discovered. Even if they all knew there was a danger of being exposed, they all had one. The lure of being discovered made it dangerous, and the more dangerous, the more exciting. Celebrities loved to expose things secretly on their alts and the same was true for Bai Qingquan, which was how netizens were able to quickly determine it was his.
The clothes, shoes, hats, and even some geographical indications are exactly the same as Bai Qingquan’s work itinerary. Bai Qingquan had even taken some photos showing only one eye or chin, and even one where a mole was exposed on his neck became hard evidence.
His alt name was <I’m Not A Beautiful Little Girl> and all his gay attributes were exposed. He had complained about many celebrities and fawned over many handsome guys. He even left a comment on a famous foreign athlete, saying: [Please face me!*]
*(正面上我) It’s a reference to A Certain Scientific Railgun. One of the characters says, “Attack me from the front!” but because of the implications it was changed to “Please face me!”
This time the news completely exploded on Weibo. Within a few hours, Bai Qingquan was plunged into a deeper crisis than imagined. The statement issued by Sunshine Media in the morning was still posted on Weibo, looking particularly ironic.
Moonlight powders was dumbfounded because they knew Bai Qingquan better than they knew themselves. That alt account was indeed their brother. There was too much evidence, and it was all irrefutable.
The internet exploded.
The ridicule, the crisis, and the image collapse that Bai Qingquan encountered were equivalent to what happened to Shen Jintai.
Shen Jintai sent Bai Qingquan a lot of messages and made many calls, but he was unable to reach him.
“At this time, Qian Wei and the others must be thinking about how to manage this crisis. He probably has no time to talk to you. Don’t bother him right now.” Li Meilan sympathized with Bai Qingquan. She had experienced this with Shen Jintai, and Bai Qingquan’s somersault was much more serious. Shen Jintai always had the image of a flirtatious bitch, so it wasn’t as shocking, but Bai Qingquan’s image was too polished and positive. As beautiful as it was in the beginning, now it was in serious collapse.
“He’s taking the bullet for me,” Shen Jintai said. “It was me who was supposed to explode!”
“You can’t say that. Since they photographed Bai Qingquan, they wouldn’t have let it go. I hope he can get through it safely this time,” Li Meilan said.
Shen Jintai was still very worried. Bai Qingquan was quite girly, relatively fragile, and needed face.
“Do you also have an alt?” Li Meilan asked.
Shen Jintai said, “Don’t worry, my alt is very positive, and I haven’t posted anything I shouldn’t.”
Li Meilan said, “In fact, most people have alts. Bai Qingquan probably felt that his image was too stable, and no one would doubt him, so he got careless posting on his alt. However, if it hadn’t been for the news of him visiting a gay nightclub this time, his alt might not have been discovered. Such is fate.”
Shen Jintai felt that Bai Qingquan was going through a miserable time. The hot search for <Bai Qingquan Alt> exploded following <Bai Qingquan’s sexual orientation> and in third place was <Sunshine Media Statement>.
Zheng Siqi called and asked, “Can you contact Xiao Bai?”
“No one’s answering the phone, and there was no contact from Wei Ge,” Shen Jintai said.
Zheng Siqi was also very anxious, and said, “He must be completely torn.”
Moonlight powders had already begun abandoning ship. Bai Qingquan’s alt offended a bunch of celebrities and their fans. He usually used the alt to eat melons and wasn’t polite when he gossiped or complained.
“Unexpectedly, Bai Yueguang turned out to be like this!”
“He has such a sassy mouth. He dares to say that he’s cute but actually is quite hateful. There’s no doubt he’s gay.”
“It shocked my whole family! It was so different from his previous fairy image!”
“I have said a long time ago that others held him on too high of a pedestal. How could there be people in the entertainment industry who are as quiet as a chrysanthemum? At the beginning, he relied on his image as a white moonlight to take advantage of Shen Jintai. How much benefit did he receive? Now that he’s overturned, it’s even more serious than Shen Jintai!”
“What a whirlwind! Shen Jintai, who was ridiculed by the crowd, has now become prosperous in the entertainment industry, while Bai Qingquan, who was smoothly sailing, suddenly made a big somersault. These two people are really interesting. Yu Liang* can’t afford to fall!”
*Reminder: Refers to Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang from Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It refers to two people of similar backgrounds and talents who work together but are jealous of each other and secretly compete with each other.
“Gold powders are being quite generous. They didn’t take the opportunity to step on him. You must know that when Shen Jintai was ridiculed, it was moonlight powders who jumped on it the most.”
“I heard from one of the gold powders. They are to remain silent on this matter. I really don’t think you should step on moonlight powder. They are already wailing their heads off right now.”
“I don’t know if Bai Qingquan can get through this. He’s just too popular. <When You’re Older> is about to be released soon.”
“IMO, he shouldn’t have made <When You’re Older>. It was because of this that his sexual orientation came into question. It gradually fermented and has now reached this point. No one would have associated him with being gay before.”
“It was rumored that it was rivals who turned into lovers but later became friends, but in actuality they are sisters. BaiJin’s fate is really pointless, hahahahaha.”
Because he was worried about Bai Qingquan, the scenes Shen Jintai shot in the afternoon weren’t well filmed. He was obviously not in good condition, so he called it a day and left early. On the way back, he received a call from Yan Qiuchi.
Shen Jintai thought for a while in silence, then said, “Well… I think he took the bullet for me… um, okay.”
After hanging up the phone, he pursed his lips, a little nervous. He wasn’t sure if this step was right.
Li Meilan was still paying attention to Bai Qingquan’s affairs. “The hot search had been taken down by Sunshine Media. They probably paid a ton to get it removed, and it’s now currently in tenth place. By the time tomorrow comes, the hot search will be something new. Rarely do these things last over a day.”
According to her experience, entertainment companies with the ability and background to deal with such a crisis were basically scapegoats. People’s attention was limited. If one paid attention to one matter, they would forget something else. If you erased one hot story, another would take its place. There was no shortage of new materials to shift the heat to, as long as you were willing to pay and find a way. Even some entertainment companies had captured and stored black materials from their own families in case they came in handy during a public relations crisis.
Shen Jintai didn’t speak but looked out the window. As the car drove across the bridge, Xiao Tang, who was sitting in the passenger seat, suddenly pointed to the high-rise building on the other side of the river and shouted, “Damn, that’s…”
Li Meilan immediately looked out the window when she heard this and saw seven high-rise buildings with LED screens flashing on the other side of the river, all of which turned fiery red. Only the pattern on the top was gold, and there was a gold heart in the middle. Above the heart was the word “I”, and below the heart was the word “SJT.”
All seven high-rise buildings had the same pattern. Suddenly, the red color shattered into a burst of colors and disappeared. Then words quickly appeared on the first three buildings, followed by a heart in the middle building, and then more words in the last three buildings. When connected, they read: [Yan] [Qiu] [Chi] [❤️] [Shen] [Jin] Tai]
Yan Qiuchi loves Shen Jintai.
This pattern appeared everywhere in the busiest commercial districts of the 34 largest cities across the country. The scale was comparable to Shen Jintai’s birthday celebration last year.
Shen Jintai opened the car window, taking in the cold wind that blew across his cheek.
The author has something to say:
The confession method has been fixed!
YAN FUCKING QIUCHI!!!
What a fitting chapter for today. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Poor Bai Qingquan!!! You will get through this! Is it going to come full circle? Bai Qingquan helped Shen Jintai make his comeback during his fall from grace, and now the same is happening to Bai Qingquan.