Xiao Zhan Formally Apologizes for Past Controversy Though He Remains Firm in His Belief that Idols Do Not Control Their Fans

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On May 6, Xiao Zhan tells all in an interview with Economic View to address the controversy that has surrounded him earlier this year. Xiao Zhan who is in his late 20's was a non-showbiz personality when he entered the industry at the age of 23. He says that the responsibility he had to bear from the sudden change was something he's never dealt with before. Xiao Zhan who shot up to unprecedented fame after The Untamed became the center of a controversy due to disputes involving his fans. 

Xiao Zhan finally opens up about the incident and also explains his recent message on social media where he wrote, "The past is inscribed in my memories, thankful for the well-intended criticisms and corrections, growing up on the way." 

Xiao Zhan Formally Apologizes to Everyone Affected 
In the interview, he says, "Previously, some disputes involving me occurred and these discussions happened during the most crucial time when the country was fighting the epidemic. Actually, when I was in self quarantine at home, i felt very anxious and apologetic. If these disputes have affected and troubled netizens, I would like to sincerely apologize to them. 

Xiao Zhan Shares Thoughts on Well-Intended Criticisms Versus Malicious Comments
When Xiao Zhan entered showbiz, he stepped onto the stage with no professional training in dancing or singing. He shared that at the time, his friends, mentors and netizens had a lot of well-intended criticisms for him that he was very accepting of because it made him improve. 

However, there are also malicious comments, rumors and slander that wasn't just directed at him but also troubled his friends and even his family. He shares that they would harm his family. When asked if he felt wronged, he said that instead of feeling wronged, he just couldn't understand. A friend of his shared a text that perfectly describes his state in the past few months, "When you're serious, work. When you're confused, study. When you're alone, think. When you're sad, sleep."

Xiao Zhan Apologizes for Comments He Made When He Was Young
Xiao Zhan also addresses the things he said when he was 19 or 20 even before he got into showbiz. He said that he just started using Weibo that time and had made inappropriate comments which he believes would have caused harm and affected others. He said, "Here I'd like to say, I'd really like to apologize to those affected by the inappropriate comments I have made, and to those who were hurt by those comments, I apologize."

Disagreeing with the Statement, "Idols Need to Control Their Fans"
Now that Xiao Zhan has amassed a large number of fans, he was asked what his thoughts are on the statement, "Idols need to control their own fans." Xiao Zhan shares that it's something he and his staff have discussed and he simply disagrees with it. He said, "Just representing myself, I disagree because I believe that the relationship between myself and the people who like and support me is not that of superior and subordinate. Control - this term. I feel like we're not superior and subordinate but rather equals. For me, as an actor and a public figure, for me, I need to do my job well, to act my part well, to sing my songs well, to treat my work seriously and to do positive things that I can personally act upon to guide the people who like me. This is something that I really have to do and something I've always wanted and currently am doing. To the people who like me, I hope that they won't do anything extreme to hurt others and even themselves. I hope they can protect and love themselves, live their lives well."

Xiao Zhan also believes that charity is something that ordinary people should do and that public figures have even more of a responsibility to do so. He also shared that the donation activities that his fans have done were actually spearheaded by the fans which his team supported. 

After the 227 Incident
Ever since Xiao Zhan fans got caught in the 227 incident, one of the biggest criticisms was that the actor hadn't done enough to control his fans and simply stayed quiet when the controversy blew up. With his apology to netizens, it does feel like he's addressed every topic as best as he can even though it may have come at a later time than what some expected. Hopefully, he can now move forward from this. 

I keep hearing rumors that The Wolf will air this May? Release dates in China can be really hard to nail down so I'd take every rumor with a grain of salt. One can hope though and if it turns out to be true, it's about time!  

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  1. I watched this interview. He didn't have to apologize, but he did. He is such a nice guy. This is why so many people love him. He deserves it. I'm glad that he said idols don't control their fans. He is absolutely right about that. Everyone is responsible for his or her actions. Xiao Zhan, just do what you do best, acting and singing and we'll always support you. Jia you! People, if you love your artists, support them the right way and please don't HURT them.

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    1. Agree with everything you stated!

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    2. @ Anonymous 1.a

      Thank you. Be safe and we'll continue to be Xiao Zhan loyal fans and not causing trouble for him. I can't wait to see his pending dramas and new projects in the future.

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  2. XiaoZhan this incident is not fault and I know you will smile heartily again. We love you and we feel for you.

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  3. I watched the interview and I agree with his responses. Everyone is responsible for their own actions. Plus, artists/celebrities have thousands and millions of fans, there's no way that one person can "control" everyone's actions and behaviors. Don't think he needed to apologize since technically, he's not at fault. He was basically a victim in this and his behavior has been exemplary for someone in his situation. Wish Xiao Zhan the best in this career.

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  4. Xiao Zhan wrote hate comments on a celebrity's page before he became a celebrity himself. If he can do this to someone else then other people can do it to him too. He have no right to act innocent. He and Wang Yibo both soar up after The Untamed but why is he only having sandals after sandals and not Yibo. No matter how much he tries to clean his image, his dark history will never be erased.

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    1. Big hammer here! Before this interview came out, all of his fans said that all of the stuff he wrote before he debuted was fake materials created by anti-fans. That everything was edited and photoshop! This is a big SLAP on their face. Everything was true! Given the fact that he didn't/couldn't sue the Windmill, who is considered as his biggest anti-fan since he became popular gave me a big suspicious that some of the things posted by the Windmill were probably true.

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    2. @ JC & Anonymous 4.a

      "Sandals after sandals"???!!! LOL! You can't even spell the word "scandal" correctly.
      Here come the haters. They are back again. Why can't we get rid of them? How sad!!!

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    3. @Anonymous 4.b

      Probably because most people can see the truth outside of the fan filter. Not a fan of his, but I've seen some of his interviews and he gave me the fake vibe. Saw that he was also Libra, no wonder he was able to charm so many fans. Something to know about Libras....they can tell you very convincing lies :)

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    4. God these haters need to get a life.

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    5. Random person expressing their opinion.

      XZ fans: HATERS! HATERS! HATERS!

      Well, doesn't that tell you the quality of his fans?

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    6. 4.e EXACTLY.

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    7. XZ has the courage to address what he did and apologize about it seriously. Unlike people who had the chance to apologize but didn't make use of it, instead they laugh and make up more shit because they didn't want to admit anything. Those kind are the nasty ones, XZ is so much better.

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    8. So according to your logic, two wrongs make a right? �� People can do this to him cause he did it? That's some fucked up logic you got there.

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    9. My stance on stuff like this is he made a mistake in the past and has since apologized and changed his way. What he did was definitely wrong, but he shouldn't be attacked for something he did almost 10 years ago. No one on this planet is perfect and we all make mistakes. I made mistakes and did some cruel stuff when I was young, and I am horrified at some of the things I have done when I look back. But I have since changed my ways and realized my mistakes. The mature thing to do is to allow him to be forgiven for the stupid mistakes he made when he was young as he does seem genuinely remorseful. The fact he did apologize and didn't lie or push the blame to someone else should show he is apologetic and mature he is.

      And most of XZ's scandals seem to be done by his crazy fans or anti-fans. He is more popular than Yibo and has a larger fanbase which I think has also amassed all the crazies. Seems unfair to blame him for something other people have done.

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  5. He said he considers his fans as his equals and he believe he should not ask fans to do anything because it makes the relationship go master/servant.

    Asking fans to not go insane, asking fans to not behave badly, asking fans to not participate in conflicts, asking fans to no do cyberbullying and etc. It does not make him a master and his fans to be servants. It makes him a better human being and his fans might become a little better after seeing their God asking them to not do these things.

    His fans clearly do not see him as their equal, he is God for them.

    It serves for every idol out there because every idol is seen as God or Goddess for their fans.

    Idols do not want to lose money and fame besides loving all the worshipness and adoration so they simply let their fandoms do all kinds of things. Once you're treated like a God, you do not want it to stop ever.

    IN KPOP, there are extremely few idols who had the the courage to scold and negatively criticize the crazy members of their fandoms.
    Yoseob of Beast/Highlight was well known during his group's peak to publicly scold and bash crazy fans.




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    1. I agreed. I don't think the fandom in China is as extreme as Korea though. As a idol, most are too afraid of losing fans to guide them properly. The only ones who have the guts to express in front of fans are those who ain't in it for the fame or money.

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    2. Never add more flames to a fire. Best to wait until the calm after the storm to tell his side of things. There is no need for him to go and bash his crazy fans because those people need serious help. And I don't think they should even be called his fans because they are more like psychos/stalkers. There are fans that support him because they admire his talent like me, but definitely I don't think he's a God. There are normal fans too.

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    3. Xue, I agree. I don't think anybody expects that crazy fans can be controlled. But everybody knows that celebrities wield a lot of influence over their fans. That's the only reason why they are paid huge bucks to endorse products because the bigger the fan-base, the bigger the sales. Making clear what his values are and what he does not like, can influence his fans' behavior. Staying quiet when his fans do something very wrong is seen as endorsing it and the fans kept continuing because it looks like he approves. I'm sure that if he had made a stand, most people would just say XZ fans are terrible, and they would not say XZ is terrible even if some of the fans continued to behave badly. That's the difference. And I think XZ should know this very well and not made this excuse of not wanting a "master-servant" relationship. He has been in the industry long enough. Crazy fans is nothing uncommon at all. All celebrities have them.

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  6. You can tell from watching the interview that he has been through a lot for the last few months. It's very heartbreaking. Why do people want to see someone like him to suffer so much like that? He hasn't done anything to anyone to deserve that. For those haters - what do you get to gain from that? Please explain it to me!!!

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    1. What about the content creators on AO3? The website is now gone forever. Can you pacify them? And the people that found solace from those conten creators. What his fans did and him indirectly is to censored voiced that don't like regardless if they shut down an entire platform. He may be forgiven (a long shot at that) but will never be forgiven by the hundreds to millions of fans of AO3.

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  7. Let's put yourself in the situation, haters. If you're a fan of an idol and you pull some dumb shit that people call you on, and then they start attacking your idol for not "controlling" you...what are you going to say? That your idol is not responsible for your actions, right? If you expect your idol to guide you and control you, then you've got some serious mental issues you need to address. I don't get what haters don't understand about this situation, claiming idols have control over their fans. Classic saying, "if I tell you to go die are you gonna go?"

    Leave Xiao Zhan alone and go back to your own idols.

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    1. They're just pretending to say anything that can bring down XZ so he stop being in a top billable place. Say those things to them when it's their turn they will twist their words. None of the excuses they make are even what they care honestly.

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  8. I think idols should not be responsible for their fans actions. But, I also did't get why asking their fan to behave properly is equal to mastering them. Feel like he just make an excuse fos his ignorant previously. When his fans cyber bullied others, he has never discoraged them, has he? Coz he was not the one who lose benifits. But when He Jiong got attack because rumors about inviting him to he show, then, when chance that his careeer may get damaged, he came out and made statement asking his "anti" to stop cyver bullied. lol

    His statement about equalness, superior/subordinate relationshiop with fans is so hypocritical.

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    1. It's the anti who couldn't spell and use vocab again.

      Who's the hypocrite saying "idols should not be responsible for fans actions" and then saying "he has never discorage them"
      Spelt discourage wrong when there's autocorrect too! LOL!!!

      XZ can choose who to protect and what makes you think you're so superior to force him what to do? It ain't his business but he still choose to protect someone and you are jealous?

      He Jiong is innocent, XZ protects him, its the right thing.
      Are his antis innocent? His fans bully his antis back, none of them are innocent so they can go to war all they want it's not his business.

      Now who's ignorant? Go look at yourself in the mirror first. Hopefully you know who's the cyber bully here that is such a hypocrite.

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    2. I agreed. XZ fans are so ignorant and hypocritical that they forgot to look into the mirror first before advising others to. It was XZ fans who employed cyber bullying FIRST. What they are receiving now are RETRIBUTIONS! Haha! What goes around comes around!

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    3. 8.b You are mentally ill. Get some help.

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    4. If they bully others, it's not XZ's problem. You are bullying others online, so you know you are responsible for the ENTIRE WORLD because you are so encouraging others to bully innocent people. If the world turns bad it's all your fault. That's your logic, you better swallow it.

      BTW, if annoying people don't bother the bee's nest and make up stupid rumors about XZ first his fans would not be attacking them too. So stop pretending with your act already, it won't get anywhere but it's only very annoying.

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  9. His biggest mistake in this whole situation was timing and not having the right evaluation of the impact of this situation. Several actions made by his team was not professional enough, which can easily be picked out and distorted by competitors. This resulted in things being fermented to this point.

    It looks like there wasn't any path left for him but to apologize if he wants to survive further. Doesn't matter what he does in the future, people are going to stare at him with microscopic lenses and pick out things. This kind of life is very tiring.

    I'm still stunned with this interview video, if it is done by his team, why left some many loop holes and things for others to use and pick out?! This is the time where mistakes cannot be afford to be made, the light source is all wrong and anyone who can read Chinese can see that the background of the interviewer is reversed....

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    1. This.

      At first I saw the screencap of the interviewer- why was the background reverse? Wait, are they even in the same location? Why cant they be honest and said the interview was done via video-link or something? Now it looks like they did a lot of editing for this video.

      Which really made me side-eye the whole thing. Are they really being sincere?

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  10. I'm with everyone on its impossible for stars to control their fans but the star has a responsibility to come out and say something bad/unacceptable behaviors. His silence on the issue was what emboldened his big fan accounts to defend the perpetrators (by attacking others) instead of disowning them from the fandom. Laying low and hoping it'll just blow over was the wrong move. He and his team completely misread and mishandled the situation.

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    1. I agreed. As public figure, there are some social responsibilities that comes with it because of the influence they can have a group of people. This is a highly debated concept that warranted a lot of discussion and it is also one of the main topics that has been discussed widely among people during this incident.

      Personal opinion. Idols have great influence on their fans. Although you can not control the mass, but your personalities and actions have a big influence in directing their actions. Because he has been silence in a lot of matters, fans are free to imagine and come up with their own ideas, they think what they have done is right.

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    2. @ Anonymous 10.a

      “Personal opinion. Idols have great influence on their fans. Although you can not control the mass, but your personalities and actions have a big influence in directing their actions. Because he has been silence in a lot of matters, fans are free to imagine and come up with their own ideas, they think what they have done is right.”

      Read what you wrote here and please see if it makes sense @ all? The guy didn’t do ANYTHING & you people keep blaming on him. I’m laughing out loud at what you wrote this particular part “...but your personalities and actions have a big influence in directing their actions. Because he has been silence in a lot of matters, fans are free to imagine and come up with their own ideas, they think what they have done is right.” Were you sleeping when you wrote this? It’s so crazy & ridiculous!!!! You need to be kinder to people and it will be better for you also.

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    3. Nobody on this page is throwing shade at XZ in the slightest except #4. Everyone need to stop pointing fingers at people and calling them haters. All the XZ fans here need to realize literally less than 5% of the people here is saying it is his fault, okay?? All they are trying to say is that he COULD'VE been more responsible with his fans. Anybody can understand that it isn't his job and he doesn't have full control over them. We are just saying that it would've been so much better if he had spoken out instead of completely shutting up.

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  11. WOW HE WAS LAYING LOW AND THAT WAS WRONG

    It's not as if he used his fans and minipulate them, seriously that happened with very popular idols before and instead of attacking those type, just attack XZ who laid low or did nothing.

    For the last time, this isn't his problem.

    It's none of you guys business either, as if you are willing to shoulder everything without a reason and say all these things happen because of you? Maybe some antis here really did start everything. But would yall be willing to cast a blame at yourself and say it's your fault when it isn't? Unless you're stupid or with an ulterior motive, nobody would do that. People start problems for him, he can choose to help but if his help is going to become controversial then he doesn't have to help or do anything at all. He's not require to do anything, not even this interview.

    Besides, when it comes to some anti's here, their idol do bad things they don't say anything.
    When another popular idol didn't do anything, the antis want him to do something.
    It's obvious they're after competition.

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  12. I'm not his fans nor his anti. But I stand with 227 victims. Their place of creativity has been blocked. And ironically, xz might also be a victim in this incident. After 227, there's nothing can be done really, because it's already too late.

    I guess this interview is the next best thing. It allows his fans to continue defending him and fellow fans actions, since he's not changing the 'status' of their relationship. Will his fans go and create another controversy? I'm not surprise if they do. It will go on as normal.

    Should he apologise on behalf of his fans' actions? Yes. Even though it's not his fault at all, I believe it's the best thing. It will reduce everyone's anger and may support his comeback. Pop Francis apologised for the Christian's colonisers, even though it's not directly his fault and his not directly responsible for it. It won't change the history, but at least it's a good PR and shows you are mature and responsible.

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    1. What a dumb logic. If you randomly catch a stranger right now to apologize to you it will make no difference from forcing XZ to apologize to you because both the stranger and XZ have nothing to do with your 227 case. Go ahead and force others to reduce your anger, if you don't end up at a mental institute then you can call yourself right.
      If you want XZ responsible for his fan's actions, why aren’t you responsible for all the bad things 227 did? Not going to argue about the stupid pornography you think is “art” and a very good thing to you. But since you “support” 227 and that makes you “one of them”, you should be “responsible” for everything dirty they did. Are you willing to go to jail for them because they created illegal false rumors about XZ, by the law they should be punished. Maybe you didn’t take part in those things they did, but even though you didn’t do them and it's not directly your fault, you should own them up. If you are willing to take that responsibility for your team, then yes XZ should be taking responsibility over fans who he did not command to go do bad things. Taste your own medicine before forcing others with a deadly pill.

      About the pornography, imagine someone drawing you naked for their fan comic and your family and friends were offended so they threaten the artist. Your friends are the bad ones, and you are responsible for your bad friends, the public should support the artist for his freedom of arts.

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    2. XZ fans didn't shut down AO3, the platform was having intermittent technical problems and 227 purposely pull their moves during the right time. A bunch of crocodile tears.

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    3. 12.a reply has turned a neutral to a 'dislike'. Another negative point against xz. *sigh* I tried my best in my post to say that he's a victim, he's definitely not at fault. The only mistake I made is suggesting that he should apologise on behalf of his fans' action, which 12.a give a wrong anology, I didn't ask him to apologise to unknown strangers, I only think he should apologise to the affected victims. A good PR, but his mgmt missed it.

      Then they went on and on about ao3 and pornography. ahhh... so they are *that* type of person that only goes to ao3 for pornography. Alright then. Your prerogative. Have a safe one and always bring condoms. Protect yourself.

      12.b- ao3 has intermittent issue since Dec due to holiday season in the Western world. Then Jan came and lockdown starts in China, and they found an increase traffic post-CNY. They brought a new server to cater for this increment, which fixed the issue. Of course it was now permanently blocked behind the Great Firewall.

      Does cc*p planned to block the site? Could the fans made a difference? Maybe, maybe not. But the campaign against their fellow fan doesnt help this at all.

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    4. Anon 12 watch your tone and language first. You were implying XZ is supporting his fans for creating troubles. All Chinese celebrities have toxic fans too. What you said is very offending to the artist and fans. Besides you brought up 227, a very toxic group that is probably worse than toxic fans, while saying his fans ARE going to go do more trouble, why not say if 227 is going to create more trouble in the names of the fans? They been doing that all along.


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  13. Tbh, I don't think that this is Xiao Zhan's fault entirely. Not that he did nothing wrong at all, but not entirely his fault. He should have said something earlier to hint his fans to stop cyber-bullying. Not to the point of "controlling", but hinting them what's right to do is pretty necessary.

    Xiao Zhan's fans are the major part of this whole thing tho. They seriously should just keep silence or keep it low that they are supporting XZ. If they didn't talk about this matter that much, antis/ the so called haters won't be debating that aggressively too.

    In this matter, their roles were reversed, however. XZ kept silence and his fans kept debating about this matter everywhere smh. Not a fan or anti of XZ, but I do think that his fans need to learn how to keep things low. I am kinda disgusted by how often his fans just bashed everyone who said bad things about XZ even if it's just a small matter. His fans should learn that no one is perfect, not even XZ. Can't they just accept/ admit that their idol did something wrong instead of just bashing everyone/ calling ppl antis or haters before even try to look at things objectively? This incident should really teach them a lesson although I don't think it did, based on what I saw on his fans' comments everywhere.

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    1. HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

      You know, people did more than "hinting" for antis to stop making an innocent person own other people's mistakes. Did they ever listen? Did YOU even listen?

      You expect XZ to hint his fans and they will listen, that is really funny. All C-celebrties have crazy fans and that is normal, and 99% of them would never tell their fans to stop being crazy. What is wrong with XZ doing the same things others are doing? He should be God and be better than all those 99% right?

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    2. @ 13.a, no one is really expecting all XZ's fans to listen to him even if he hinted them. But at least, he should made an effort to hint them first. 99% of the celebrities doing the same thing doesn't make it the right thing to do. I was nearly a XZ fan until I know that he has way too many crazy fans.

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    3. Lame excuse, you really expect him to be God when you're not a fan. Isn't your expectation too high?
      It's funny but anyway. You being smart, you do know once he make some so-call effort, antis will use it as a loophole to say he knows everything his fans are doing so he's controlling them and told them to attack others.

      He doesn't have time to know what his fans are doing, fans are the stalker, he's not the stalker. When he doesn't know anything, how is he suppose to go track what all his fans said and did, and go apologize on their behalf and teach them how to behave? If it's you, do you want to do that? If people expect that out of you, would you not be angry? I don't want to be mean at you but you know having such high expectation like that, and if they don't do what you say then you call them bad people, it's really too much.

      I don't think his fans would be yelling at you out of nowhere if you didn't purposely go bother them first. If they do such things, you should be smart enough to detect those are his antis trying to smear him. He's not doing things your way doesn't mean he's wrong.

      None of us know him personally, I won't dare to say things like he's a super good human being, because I really don't know that. But judging from all these things lately, it's really easy to tell he's innocent in all of this. And all the bad comments, they're getting really obvious. They're just trying to make him fall from popularity because popularity is money and lots of antis are just hired behind the keyboards. They don't have any passion or logic, they just need to say anything bad.

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  14. It looks like these XZ's haters will never stop.
    1. He didn't do any wrong.
    2. It's hard enough that he came from a bad management agency.
    3. The problem started because of a stupid and outragous' fanfiction.
    4. Why does he have to be responsible for others' actions?

    Can you haters just leave this nice huy ALONE. How would you like someone to blame all the problems to you when some other people caused the problem to begin with? Will you take all the blames? I'm sure you won't. Why are you doing that to him? Do you think it's fair. STOP IT!!!!

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    1. Cleary, it's competition. They need him to fall down from endorsements and everything.

      At this point, can we be any more clearer than this? Some of us are not even fans, we just know what is right and wrong. Some people's logics here are so thwarted.

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      Exactly! Some of their comments or logics are so ridiculous that i'm wondering if they were on drugs when they wrote them.

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  15. His fans are trying to wash white that they did not reported Ao3. They also brainwashed other fans into believing his fans didn't do it or that Ao3 being down isn't the action caused by the fans. As long as they kept shifting the blame that it is the world against them, it is becoming truer each day.

    After this interview came out, nothing has changed. The situation just go worst.

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    1. Some antis here are trying super hard. Circling around and around.
      Unlike the antis, XZ fans have proof they didn't do nothing so BOOYAH! HAHHA! You have no proof to say XZ fans shut down AO3. Can A03 creators come out and say the cause was XZ fans? No. Exactly! If one day the did, can they prove those reporters are XZ fans or 227 disguisng as fans? No. Exactly!

      And guess what's gonna make you explode even more? Even if XZ fans did it, still ain't XZ fault. HA! HA! Losers!
      No matter what it is, XZ will always have nothing to do with anything. And your target is specifically XZ but you missed your main target, Boo!

      Just because you make 1000 accounts you think what you say represent the world? Ridiculous!

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  16. Big congrats Xiao Zhan! He came back & here are the good news for XZ:

    https://youtu.be/fZVjOHM2hT8

    https://youtu.be/itqzUM-lDO4

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  17. I've been a fan of XZ since his debut on the X Fire boy band competition. I dropped Oh My Emperor and Fight Breaks Sphere, but liked his characters in both dramas. I became a real fan when The Untamed came along. His portrayal wasn't how I had imagined WWX to be when I read the novel, but his version was awesome in his own way and he became WWX for me.

    I was disappointed that he had made those comments about Renata Tan's rumoured casting for a drama when he was 19. It was good that he acknowledged the incident and formally apologized for it. I'd like to think that he's matured and become a better person.

    I think that XZ is the scapegoat for both sides in the 227/AO3 incident. The "fans" claim they are protecting their idol and the 227 group is holding him responsible for the incident. It's a damned if he does and damned if he doesn't lose-lose situation for XZ. I wouldn't even call this group fans as they are more like stalkers who think they own XZ. The other side is out to sabotage XZ's career. Throw in the management company and major stake holders deciding what XZ can and cannot do, a toxic environment is inevitable.

    XZ is not perfect, as he has reiterated himself in many interviews. I think he doesn't think he can control anyone, even his fans, but does try to lead by example. He's asked his fans to live their lives as they normally would by going to school and work, and that they can meet up at events intended for fan interactions. He is hardworking, professional, polite, considerate and tries to give back through charity when he can. Why are people trying to destroy the career of such a person? Did he not control his fans? Should he have spoken up immediately? Is he fake? That's all subjective. And definitely not a reason to ruin a person's career. Especially a person who strives to bring us joy through his acting and music, and contributes to society through his charitable donations and work.

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    1. I hope he matured too. Knowing he did that, it change my perspective of him about his past self. It makes me suspicious of his new self as well. But at least, he admits and apologize. Those 2 things means a lot.
      First thing. We’d seen it before, most celebrities will lie through their teeth, saying their accounts was hacked, just like what the hecked?? Just any type of excuse would do. As long as they don’t admit, no matter how obvious it is, if they deny, nothing can be done. In XZ’s case, I really wonder if people can easily prove it was him if he just go the denying route like others. So seeing that he choses to come clean, that is a very good thing.
      The interviewer didn’t even ask him if he’d done such and such bad things, he just choose to bring it up that he done some bad things. -- He was asked how he felt when others negatively criticized him and that might have reminded him of how he used to negatively criticized others too. So he brought it up. It’s either a really smart move, or sincere one. I just like how he brought up the topic himself instead of waiting for others to ask him specifically about it.
      Second most important thing, he didn’t wait for the interviewer to ask him to make the apology to others. He stated what he did first, then he apologized like a man. Nobody loves apology because why do bad things in the first place, but at least he sounded sincere and Weibo was new back then, and nobody is mistake-free.
      These things happened before with other celebrities, there was once an actress who made a rude post of other actresses when she was still not famous yet. Only because the interviewers brought up the problem to her, she talked about it otherwise she would not address the problem herself. Instead of using it as a chance clean up the mess in a very serious manner like XZ, she immaturingly giggled while explaining the story when it wasn’t a funny story, couldn’t even understand what she was trying to say, it was just rude and insincere. I hate when somebody knows they have enough fans to cover them up and they will just lie around instead of apologizing. There is difference between XZ and some horrible idols these days, he dirtied himself but he cleaned it up, this is why I find him more forgivable although I would still find that past very offensive every time looking back. At least he set up a better example this time. He tried and made the effort to show he regretted and changed.

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  18. @ oolong and 17.a

    I think Xiao Zhao deserves to be forgiven about that. He was young and made a mistake. No one is perfect. I started to like him from watching “The Untamed” like most people. After that I started to looking for his other works like his previous dramas, his boy group days and “Our Songs” program. I can’t help, but like him more. He is so talented, hardworking, polite, positive, kind, etc. I have never liked an artist like him before and I’m sure many people feel that way also. He is a good role model for all of us. Wishing him well in everything.

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  19. Why is it the responsibility of the actor to control his fans? Why can't the fans control themselves?? I mean, yeah sure I'm certain he could perhaps say a few things or refute a few things but ultimately the fans are going to do what they want. Quite honestly I feel fans in Asia tend to be a bit overboard. People need to get a real life and not try and live their lives through their idols.

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    1. If antis truly want fans controlled, obviously they would go complain to the government.

      They just want to use something as an excuse to blame him. They want him to look bad by setting all these impossible standards for him to follow and he can't do them so he's bad because of that. Do they care about fans getting controlled? No they don't. And maybe they themselves are fans from other groups, hating XZ for making their idols unable to stay competitive. All actors have crazy fans, if they truly care about getting rid of crazy fans they would not attack his crazy fans solely but crazy fans as a whole.

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