The writer of a popular fashion blog has said she is “not a superstar” after being targeted by a barrage of criticism over the past few weeks.
The Beijing-based blogger, who goes by the name Mei, has been the subject of online bullying since her debut in the Chinese online marketplace Taobao last year.
In a post on Taobau’s blog, Mei said she had received a barrage the past couple of days, including death threats.
She said the bullying began when she posted a video of herself wearing a black skirt and black-framed glasses to a Q&A session with the audience at the event.
“The audience asked me why I was wearing a skirt and glasses.
I said I was not.
The audience asked if I would do a skirt-to-skirt dance, so I did,” Mei wrote.
The video sparked an onslaught of criticism from Chinese internet users, who accused Mei of “trying to steal their style”.
Mei wrote that she was “very angry” and that she “could not sleep” the night before the Q&amt session because she had no choice but to post the video on her blog.
She said she was also not a star.
“I’m not a celebrity,” Mei told the BBC.
“It’s just a bit of fun to entertain people.
There is nothing to make me famous.”
If I am not a famous person, it doesn’t matter how many times I make people laugh, I won’t be famous.
“She said it was only a matter of time before the online world started looking for other celebrity bloggers to be bullied.”
In the long run, the online community will become more like the real world, when we will look for other celebrities to be the victims of this bullying,” Mei said.
Meio said she would continue to write on her own for the foreseeable future, and the harassment continued even after she posted her first video.