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Kris Wu’s wax figure removed from Madame Tussauds Shanghai; online celebrities make tearful confession after defending Wu’s sex scandal
Published: Aug 02, 2021 01:57 PM
Kris Wu posed a picture with his wax figure at Madame Tussauds Shanghai in 2015 when his wax figure was revealed. Photo: VCG

Kris Wu poses for a picture with his wax figure at Madame Tussauds Shanghai in 2015 when his wax figure was revealed. Photo: VCG



The photo of Chinese-Canadian pop idol Kris Wu's wax figure wearing a prison uniform was fake and Wu's wax figure was already removed earlier, a working staff from Madame Tussauds Shanghai wax museum confirmed with the Global Times on Monday, responding to the internet's wide discussion on Wu's wax figure.

Since Wu was detained by Beijing police for suspected rape, related topics about Wu have triggered wide discussions on the Chinese internet. The hashtag "Kris Wu wax figure" gained over 310 million reads on Sina Weibo as of press time. 

A photo of Wu's wax figure wearing a prison uniform was spread widely on the internet, with some netizens joking this could be a warning to other celebrities and that Wu should also change his hairstyle to fit the outfit. Some said the picture was apparently photoshopped. 

Madame Tussauds Shanghai revealed Wu's wax figure in 2015.

Weibo has deleted Wu and his companies' official accounts on its platform on Sunday. Some experts have predicted that Wu may be sentenced to between 10 years and life imprisonment. However, there were a number of unreasonable fans of Wu who said they would like to "save" him from the prison and they trusted him, with some media claiming the fans' activities were absurd.

Some fans even set up group chat rooms to discuss ways to "visit Wu in prison" and claimed to "see you in Beijing tomorrow." 

Also, a few well-known celebrities including screenwriter Liuliu and debater Ma Weiwei, who had defended Wu in 2016 when his misdeeds of sleeping with fans first surfaced, apologized for their behavior. At that time, when Wu was rumored to have taken advantage of his influence to sleep with his fans, screenwriter Liuliu said, "Wu Yifan looks so good-looking, it should be an honor to sleep with him." Ma said it was "welfare" for the fans to sleep with Wu. 

Ma's Weibo account has been suspended after Wu's detention. She apologized on Sunday from another account for her previous remarks, saying "I was once a divorced woman who had nothing, it was women who helped me," and posting a tearful video of her confession. 

 
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