Wang Kai fields sexist question about “leftover women”

Dear reporter: If you don't have anything important to ask, don't.

Dear reporters: If you don’t have any good question to ask, don’t.

While attending a charity event this week, master Wang Kai gracefully responded to a WTF question from a reporter following a couple of questions about a potential relationship with Stay With Me co-star Joe Chen Qiao’en.  Props for him for giving such an eloquent answer, because I would’ve just been shocked someone just compared my friend to leftovers to my face. Full interview here.

Q: Would you two talk about relationship problems? You know a lot of people are saying Chen Qiao’en is a famous “leftover woman”, and recently there’s been a lot of celebrity “leftover women” getting shotgun weddings, what are your thoughts? 

Wang Kai:  “Leftover women” isn’t necessarily derogatory. In today’s society, I think it should be complimentary. Because you’re excellent enough, because you have a higher standard, so you might be in a relationship later. But that’s not a bad thing. The relationship that’s right for you will just come later.

Note: “Leftover women 剩女” is a recently coined term to deprecate unmarried older women, comparing to leftover food. Chen Qiao’en actually had a drama, SOP Queen 胜女的代价, which trie to reclaim the term for career-focused women.

8 thoughts on “Wang Kai fields sexist question about “leftover women”

    • Sina ;( So a big “news” outlet. I did a search and apparently the topic is not uncommon for celebs, although most of them aren’t prefaced with “are you concerned about your friend being a leftover…. “

  1. Thank you for the posting, Idarklight. Applause for you. Wish the interview is eng-subbed (wink wink)…they asked him a few questions other than this. There was also another big interview with Lu yu a few months back and the short dialogues during the Transboundary singing competition that never got covered by any blogs…(more winks).

    • Most of the other questions for this interview were pretty standard, but he did say that his focus is likely to be the big-screen in the near future (probably after Ode to Joy 2 ?)

      The last I heard, wangkaiinternational was still planning to translate the Luyu interview. It’s two long interviews, though, so it might take a while.

  2. Big props to Wang Kai! Now that could be an excellent example of the #HeForShe movement! The “leftover” term is not only derogatory, but also, IMO, a deflection from the recent phenomenon in China, where many males can’t afford to marry, because the ladies have – indeed – higher standards & more expensive dowries :D.

  3. Good on him! *Clap clap clap* I know that many netizens have been wondering if Qiao En would ever find her S.O, it’s become a plot point when she participates on variety or talk shows but I reckon she takes it all in good spirit and jokes ^_^ whilst she says she is “worried” lol Up Idol loves to bring this up — Idrc, so long as she is happy (coupled or not), everything will fall into place. Qiao En jia you!!

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