Last November, Aaron Yan (炎亞綸) was embroiled in a scandal when pictures of him being intimate with three men were released by a Taiwanese tabloid. Fortunately, there wasn’t much backlash and everything returned to normalcy after a short while. However, a recent incident angered Aaron Yan so much that he put this netizen on blast with a screenshot of the exchange that went down on his social media accounts.
On the 25th, Aaron Yan uploaded a screenshot of a direct message he received from a netizen saying, “Hello, I want to ask you a question, which is, you’re a homosexual, right?”. Aaron Yan responded back to him, “Hello, I want to ask you a question, which is, what the hell does it matter to you?” He also added a label on the screenshot saying, “Gender equality education fail”.
He posted the same picture on Facebook, but added an additional caption saying, “Gender equality education can’t wait. Thankful to Mirror Media for giving me a lifetime of trouble.” Mirror Media was the Taiwanese tabloid that first leaked Aaron Yan’s story and past relationships with men.
After this was posted, his fans left comments such as, “There are some people who don’t just lack gender equality education, but even also basic respect, they don’t understand. Giving these type of people even a response or a glance is a waste, not even worth ruining your mood. Gege, you will definitely get better.”, “Very helpless and speechless.”
As it turns out, this isn’t the first time Aaron Yan addressed bullying over sexual orientation or gender equality. There was a prior incident where a male student had said some sexual bullying and gender discriminatory words to another male classmate who was said to be “delicate”. At the time, Aaron Yan had expressed, “This is why I urge everyone to face bullying, pay attention to gender equality education so we can have an even more civilized society and be even more inclusive and respectful of people’s qualities.”
Aaron Yan has been vocal on civil and societal issues in the past. He had previously attended rallies in support of legalizing gay marriage in Taiwan. He would often post on social media about human rights and equality for all.