Local celebs and their encounters with internet trolls

So much hate: How do these famous folks deal with internet trolls and vitriol? 

L-R: Rebecca Lim, Zheng Ge Ping and Chen Li Ping
L-R: Rebecca Lim, Zheng Ge Ping and Chen Li Ping
14 Aug 2015

L-R: Rebecca Lim, Zheng Ge Ping and Chen Li Ping


With the rise of social media, celebrities are often subjected to various forms of cyber bullying these days, including trolling and hateful comments. A few days ago, a prankster digitally manipulated a photo of Rebecca Lim to show off an indecent exposure of the actress’ side cleavage. The photo was widely circulated and many questioned the veracity of the photo which was eventually proven to be a fake wardrobe malfunction when both Becks and her artiste management released official statements on it.

Read here for Rebecca's interview on her fake wardrobe malfunction image

At the lensing ceremony for upcoming long-form drama, Life – Fear Not, we spoke to the actors to find out if they have had similar experiences and how they would deal with Internet trolls.

Bonnie Loo
Bonnie Loo
14 Aug 2015

Bonnie Loo

Early this year, the young singer-actress was tricked into clicking on a link on Facebook with a caption that read “these look like Bonnie’s nude pictures”. Thankfully, it turned out to be a false alarm and was in fact a porn site embedded with a virus, said Bonnie.

“Those aren’t my nudes at all! (…) I was puzzled and clicked the URL but it turned out to be porno. But this person shared the link with the same caption and tagged all my friends on it so I made a report immediately.”

“It’s very dangerous these days, especially with the advent of technology. Anyone can easily edit your images without your knowledge too. I’d be extra careful in future but it’s hard, too, because it’s not like you can avoid taking pictures or selfies. But as long as you’ve not done anything wrong, that’s all that matters,” she said. 

Chen Liping
Chen Liping
14 Aug 2015

Chen Liping

Also a victim of online fabrications that alleged this Mary Chia ambassador successfully shed weight with the help of body supplements, Liping once held a press conference to retort against false reports last year.

The actress shared that she had seen the doctored image of Rebecca and was disturbed by it. “As a woman, you know it’s not real because you wouldn’t let such things happen - you can feel it too,” she explained, “So I knew that it was definitely manipulated by someone.”

“Although I received the picture, I did not circulate it further,” shared the veteran, who also added, “But this too goes to show that she’s (Rebecca) popular and people just want to prank her. I don’t think the general public should further circulate such pictures [when they receive it].”

Zheng Ge Ping
Zheng Ge Ping
14 Aug 2015

Zheng Ge Ping

“That’s so uncivilised!” said Geping when he found out that the image circulated of Rebecca was digitally manipulated, “She’s a good girl, don’t do this to her.”

Similar to Liping, this hunkle’s image was misused for a body-building supplement which stated that he consumed them to achieve his muscular physique. “I wanted to pursue it legally but it was hard to trace them [as they are from America]. But if it crops up again, I have a lawyer who has offered to fight this case for me free-of-charge.”

“It’s quite troubling because you’ve not done (or ate) it before and you’re not paid for it too,” he chuckled.

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Aloysius Pang
Aloysius Pang
14 Aug 2015

Aloysius Pang

The self-proclaimed tech dinosaur said that when he first saw the doctored image, he thought it was real until he did an online search and realised it was fake. “I was impressed with the technology used to create such photos. In a way it’s actually very dangerous for artistes because such pictures can crop up at any point in time and it will affect you socially and personally.”

While he’s yet to experience such pranks by netizens, Aloy shared that he is “very sensitive” to comments left by netizens with regards to his performance. He’s had his fair share of hateful comments about his looks, but it’s not something within his control, said Aloy. “I’m born with this face, my mum gave me this face. If you think I’m ugly, I’m ugly. If you think I’m handsome, I’m handsome. If I’m ugly, I cannot make myself handsome and if I’m handsome, I cannot make myself look better.”

On the other hand, he feels that critique about his acting performance is something he can manage and improve on. “So I pay a lot of attention to that. Especially criticisms, I’m very sensitive to that and I’d reflect on myself when I look at comments on that.”

Brandon Wong
Brandon Wong
14 Aug 2015

Brandon Wong

The father of three shared that he once came across snide remarks left by netizens on a picture of his newborn baby shared on social media. “They said that I had another child because I was too free (implying that he’s out of job). But hey, I’m just answering the government’s clarion call to increase the birth rate!” he joked. 

Lin Meijiao
Lin Meijiao
14 Aug 2015

Lin Meijiao

After her daughter showed her the edited image of Rebecca that was circulated online, Meijiao said that she was rendered speechless and did not expect it to happen. “We were both very angry and when my daughter’s friends circulated it to their friends, we called them and told them to stop all the nonsense!”

“As actors we need to be very careful, whether we’re on set or outside, we must know how to take preventive measures to protect ourselves. As long as we’re careful, we are able to avoid such things from happening unless someone decides to prank us.”

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
14 Aug 2015

Felicia Chin

“It’s too much… I think the person shouldn’t have done that,” said Felicia as she responded to fabricated photos made of Rebecca. The actress revealed that she experienced her fair share of online hate and did not know how to deal with hurtful comments left by netizens during her debut days.

“Now, when I read such comments I do feel hurt too because we’re all only human. But I will get over it quickly. I think we all learn from our past experiences.” 

Elvin Ng
Elvin Ng
14 Aug 2015

Elvin Ng

Rebecca’s co-star in upcoming Channel 8 drama, Sealed With A Kiss, firmly stated, “It’s not a good thing. I think Rebecca is a very mature person and it might be awkward but because it’s not real, she wouldn’t take it too heart. It’d be inconvenient for her family and friends and that’s probably more worrying.”

When asked to comment about cyber bulling and his experience with internet vitriol, he said, “I think cyber bulling is unavoidable – especially as a public figure, people might just attack you with their words which is why I don’t really pay heed to such things.”

Life – Fear Not debuts on Channel 8, Oct 19 (Mon), weekday nights at 7.30 pm.

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