Earlier this month, a party involving drugs and sexual interaction among the participants at the Hainan Rendez-Vous Lifestyle and Yacht Show in the coastal resort of Sansa sparked a controversy in the Chinese media.
Shanghai Daily reported details of the party saying that the government officials in Sanya were investigating rumors of immoral conduct at parties at a trade show, aimed at China's richest people.
Many people, from and outside of China, took to the social media and condemned the fact that such events were being organized without any check and balance from the concerned authorities. The situation worsened and the case attracted even more attention when a luxury club called the Sports Car Club (SCC) accused an infamous socialite, named Guo Meimei, of offering them sexual services for money. Meimei was previously involved in a controversy for flaunting her wealth online and claiming to work with the Red Cross (which later turned out to be untrue).
When the SCC posed their allegations towards the notorious 20-year-old girl, she responded to them by posting a picture of hers holding 5 million Yuan ($800,000) in casino chips, as shown in the picture at the top. Her point was to clarify that the members of the SCC were lying and that she didn’t need money because she already has plenty of it.
Later, some people from the SCC posted photos of their bank accounts online to show Meimei that they were even richer than her. The move was, obviously, unethical and outrageous as flaunting wealth on the Internet is not considered to be appropriate, at least for reasonable people.
Some of the photos of the bank statements are circulating on popular Chinese web portal Weibo:
According to reports, the bank account above has 3.7 billion Yuan which is almost equal to $597 million and the owner is a 19-year-old person.
Another photo trending on Weibo is:
The account above contains 9.9 billion Yuan which is almost equal to $1.5 billion!
The authenticity of the photos is yet to be confirmed but they are trending all over the Chinese social media and receiving criticism as well. Many think that this is an inappropriate way of flaunting one’s wealth online especially when one is involved in a police case. Others are of the opinion that the new money kids in China are becoming out of control especially on the Internet.
A similar story trended in July last year about a Tumblr blog entitled “Rich Kids of Instagram” in which photos of rich kids were posted in golden frames. It was a highly criticized blog and many people even wanted Tumblr to take it down.
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