Wu Chun slammed for being a bad dad after Chinese TV airs clip of him bathing daughter

3 May 2014 / 2 years 5 months ago

Charlene Chua, Tan Kee Yun, Andre Yeo

The New Paper
Thursday, May 1, 2014

He prides himself as a family man who protects his loved ones at all cost.

Bruneian actor Wu Chun, formerly of Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit fame, had famously kept his marriage a secret to protect the privacy of his wife and two children until last October, when he finally admitted at a press conference that he got married in 2009.

Now, the idol has gone to the other extreme, showing on TV how he bathes his daughter.

And that has got some people branding him a bad dad and saying he should not have allowed the scene to be aired. It was part of the pilot episode of Chinese reality TV series Dad Is Back which aired in China last week.

Netizens ripped into a scene of him bathing his three-year-old daughter Xinyi, nicknamed Nei Nei.

Most of her upper body can be seen clearly on screen.

They lashed out at Wu for allowing the bathing scene and slammed the TV production team for "lacking morals".

Other detractors accused the actor of being inconsiderate and that he "forgot that his daughter would one day be a woman and look back on this in horror".

Last weekend, Wu said through his manager that he had left the editing to the show's producers after telling them to handle the scene appropriately.

Although the show does not air here, Singaporeans who watched the episode online have accused Wu of being "naive" for trusting them with handling such potentially sensitive footage.

Businesswoman Kim Wee, 31, a mother of two daughters, told The New Paper: "Perhaps Wu Chun is not fully aware of the dangers of this world and the perverts who are out there.


"After I saw a comment from a netizen who talked about the Lolita complex, I feel it's only right that Wu Chun ask that the entire bathing scene be deleted - or at least that his daughter's entire body is pixelated.

"He is naive for putting his daughter's safety into strangers' hands."

(The term Lolita complex is derived from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov about a man's lust for a young girl named Lolita.)

But Ms Lee Nai Xin, a 40-year-old housewife with three children, was more sympathetic.

"There's nothing wrong with kids that age in the shower. It's the most natural thing.

"But Wu Chun could have requested that his daughter be in a bathtub filled with suds," she said.

Dad Is Back, which bills itself as the Chinese version of the Korean reality TV show Superman Returns, follows celebrity fathers for 48 hours to see how they deal with their children in their wives' absence.

Wu was reportedly paid $2.4 million to show his daughter to the world for the first time and has one more month of filming to go.

Wu and his Bruneian wife, Ms Lin Liyin, both 34, have since asked the public for forgiveness.

They also have a six-month-old son, Max.

Wu, who lived in Singapore in 2005 before he became famous, was back in town to attend a private fan dinner on Saturday.

He also presented the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award with local actress Zoe Tay at Star Awards Show 2 on Sunday.

He told The New Paper: "Some people think it's perfectly okay for Nei Nei to be topless since she is just three years old, but others do not.

This article was published on May 1 in The New Paper.

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