Lai Kuanlin (賴冠霖) was trending on November 24 when a video was released of him smoking and spitting in public. While Lai Kuanlin is of legal age to smoke, he caught flack from netizens for not maintaining his idol image. Most netizens felt since Lai Kuanlin is of legal age and wasn’t smoking indoors, which is illegal in some provinces in China, that it wasn’t such a big deal. What got netizens riled up was him spitting in the streets, which they deemed was uncivilized behavior.
Video of Lai Kuanlin smoking and spitting: http://t.cn/A6GETC5v
Due to the backlash, Lai Kuanlin apologized for his behavior. He said, “Very sorry. As a public figure, I wasn’t able to restrain my behavior and demonstrated the wrong behavior. I will accept everyone’s criticisms of me and take it as a warning and won’t do it again.”
Netizens left very scathing comments in his apology post. The top comment was, “Go sweep the streets.” Other top comments include: “Can you wake up? Go wake up early and sweep the streets. I think you need the morning wind to wake you up.”, “Go do volunteer work, understand?”, “Go apply for community service. Take responsibility for your own actions.”