I Know Everything - Chapter 457
Chapter 457: The Stingy Chu Liuxiang.
Japanese and Korean people were honest as they wrote the price they offered to Chen Huan in the newspaper.
So everyone knew that Chu Liuxiang refused the 70 million Yuan adaptation fee.
70 million was a big number no matter what time it was.
It was especially true in the film and TV industries.
Many celebrities couldn’t earn 70 million in their lifetime but now Chu Liuxiang pushed away that easy money, which was unimaginable.
Some people secretly mocked Chu Liuxiang as a fool while others ridiculed him for his fakeness.
“Why didn’t he take the money? Is the money for the adaptation of your own work a hot potato?”
“Exactly! 70 million is such a big sum of money, Teacher Chu refused just like that, is he that wealthy?”
“Haha, now that we talk about it, Teacher Chu is really mysterious, he’s like a hermit, treating money like dung!”
“Why don’t you guys think that Teacher Chu really wants them to make a good movie so they don’t embarrass him with something bad?”
“Words aren’t necessarily true, I think Teacher Chu is just being fake generous.”
“So much money, even if he doesn’t need it, wouldn’t it be good if he donated the money? He’s too careless! Too unruly!”
Amidst the discussion, a post appeared on the internet.
The title of the post was very shocking.
‘The stingy Chu Liuxiang’
This wasn’t just a headline but a real essay denouncing Chu Liuxiang.
“There is endless news recently about writer Chu Liuxiang. It was because he won some awards, was nominated for the Oscars and is the pride of Chinese people and so on.”
“I’m not a fan of him but I read his ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ and felt this writer has some skills and can be called and very outstanding person.”
“Thinking of how popular he got, I went to search what kind of person he is. I came to a very surprising conclusion after a little investigation and reading some statistics.”
“Chu Liuxiang actually already has a fortune over 100 million, his wealth is beyond the imagination of the common people!”
“Let’s talk about ‘Love Letter’. As we know, no film company was willing to invest at the beginning but Director Zhu Mei and others pooled money together to make the movie and Chu Liuxiang also relied on his script to get a share. ‘Love Letter’ blew up in the end and according to the published data, Chu Liuxiang made a profit of around 10 million.”
“Then the book version of ‘Love Letter’ had been published for over a year now and according to the data, Chu Liuxiang’s royalties are as high as 50 million.”
“Is 50 million a lot? Compared to his income from ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’, it’s nothing!”
“’Miracle in Cell No.7’ had been published for a longer time than ‘Love Letter’ but it’s also more popular in Korea and Japan where it was at the top of the sales chart for multiple weeks, which bought Chu Liuxiang 150 million in royalties, three times more than ‘Love Letter’!”
“In addition to the royalties from the book, the income shares for the box office was also very shocking.”
“Because of the record-breaking box office, Chu Liuxiang a huge share from Shanhai Streaming, a total of 150 million!”
“Chu Liuxiang’s two TV series that had been trending talk recently, ‘Love Through Different Times’ and ‘Princess Returning Pearl’, Calf TV paid 30 million for ‘Love Through Different Times’, ‘Princess Returning Pearl’ was being invested by his own with Teacher Lu Xiaofeng but it’s worth at least 30 million!”
“If everyone calculates it, Chu Liuxiang earned around 400 million and he only started a year and a half ago!”
“No one in the literary or in the film industry could earn so much money in such a short time, right?”
“With this talent bestowed by God, Chu Liuxiang didn’t do anything to repay back the society.”
“His good friend didn’t earn as much as him but still donated 100 million from ‘Life’s Only Love’ album. This is a model of society and a person worth giving respect to!”
“But then there are people like Chu Liuxiang, who has earned a lot of money, is loved and respected by so many people, but is still so stingy and doesn’t do any charity, is he a good person?”
“Especially recently when he refused the adaptation fee from Japan and Korea in order to gain his reputation as great character and uncaring for money but yet he is unwilling to donate his money to charity.”
“Even so, there are brain dead people who are still praising and admiring him! Are you guys blind? Don’t you guys know black from white?”
“Now his fans think that the writer of ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ has such a bad character and refuse to help the people in need. Will anyone still be moved by the story he writes?”
“At least I won’t, because what he wrote is fake! The goodness of the world, the warmth in ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’, are all fake!”
“You are really disappointing Teacher Chu Liuxiang, you’re setting a very bad example for the young people.”
“Hurry up and wake up! There are so many people in need in the country and you have the ability to help them, is that a bad thing?”
“I know I will offend a lot of people by saying this but I still have to say it, Teacher Chu, please be a good person and stop being so stingy!”
The article was written eloquently.
In the first two days, the people were still praising Chu Liuxiang for preferring to not receive the adaptation fee to maintain the quality of ‘Miracle in Cell N.7’ Japanese and Korea adaptation.
But then people came slapping their faces, using various information to prove that Chu Liuxiang was someone that fished for fame and wasn’t worthy of any respect.
The article was very inciting and condemned Chu Liuxiang heavily while pointing directly to the core moral problem.
It was unknown why but the people felt it was familiar when they read this.
It was August last year when Meteor Girls debuted not long ago, a Weibo celebrity Just Do It wrote an article about Demagogue Lu Xiaofeng and violently criticized him.
It caused a lot of waves and took a long time before his name was cleared.
This anonymous article was even more impressive this time as it targeted Chu Liuxiang.
Lu Xiaofeng was a genius and the best songwriter but his reputation wasn’t as great as Chu Liuxiang.
Every celebrity on Weibo admitted that if Teacher Chu Liuxiang made a Weibo, there would be at least 100 million followers.
His ‘A Bowl of Plain Noodle’, ‘Love Letter’, ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ and ‘The Tale of Hachiko’ all had thousands of readers and fans.
Especially in recent months when ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ went crazy and grabbed rewards as they took world renowned rewards back home, which was a huge honor for China.
Even CCTV had reported about it several times and praised ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’, wasn’t that like praising Chu Liuxiang?
Now there was someone who criticized him by name and was questioning his character, it raised a storm!
Once Chu Liuxiang’s character was established as bad, would his achievement still make the Chinese people proud?
It definitely wouldn’t!
The Chinese weren’t like Americans. The celebrities in China must set a moral example, at least on the surface.
So the people’s hearts on the internet felt tumultuous and many didn’t know how to express their thoughts so they waited for more information to complete their opinion on this.
But this was without Chu Liuxiang’s hardcore fans giving their support first.
“The person who wrote this article is shameless! Teacher Chu doesn’t steal and earn the money, who can criticize him?!” – Great director Zhu Mei.
“What? Do you still engage in this type of shameless moral coercion? Teacher Chu already used his ability to win glory for the Chinese people, isn’t that enough? You all want Teacher Chu to donate all his wealth, you also want him to donate his life, right?” – The popular Small Flower Dan Bu Yiyi.
“I have worked with Teacher Chu twice. Although I haven’t seen him, isn’t his character reflected in his works? He is the person I respect the most! Such a good person and yet you slander him like that, is this amusing? Charity isn’t compulsory, you guys caring about this is akin to caring whether they ate or not, it’s weird.” The new Heavenly King Guo Hang.
“This article is contradictory! If Teacher Chu was really stingy, would he reject the 70 million? Who would be willing? The person that wrote this article doesn’t even dare to put his name on it, can people believe it? We pay Chu Liuxiang because he is worth it, as for how he use it, does the laws stipulate how he should?” Cui Zhong, Shanhai Streaming Vice President.
“In other countries, it is a joke to say this to a person in the literary circle! Especially this type of moral coercion! To the people who wrote and spread this article, what kind of world do you people live in? Your hearts are so dark and can’t handle people that are doing better than you, right?” Shao Dong, editor-in-chief of Qiantang Evening News.
But people like them were the minority.
Even Chu Liuxiang’s avid readers had mixed feelings about this.
After all, although they loved his books, they also hoped that he was a person of noble character.
Just like for the celebrities they like, they wanted them to be the same outside and inside, to be good looking while kind hearted and do many good deeds, to become role models.
It would make the people really sad if Chu Liuxiang’s character wasn’t good.
The books would lose their meaning once his image collapsed and then ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ would seem less touching.
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