Photos: Troupe of college drag queens a commercial success; netizens frown
Wei niang, 伪娘, or literally, ‘fake girl’, is a Chinese slang for a drag queen who is not necessarily homosexual, which has a slightly pejorative connotation. However, as the word is being popularized by internet culture, some cross-dressers have come to accept this term and proudly applied it to themselves.
Alice Fake Girl Club was founded on October 1, 2009 in Wuhan, Hubei province and now has more than 20 members, all of whom are college students in the city of Wuhan. The members proclaim that they “have magnanimity greater than men’s and glamor greater than women’s.”
These boys give a drag performance almost on a weekly basis. Each one of them charges the organizer 500 yuan (US$80) for each stage appearance.
Out of concern for privacy, all members refused to disclose their real names and only wanted to be identified by their stage names.
The Fake Girl Club is very selective when it recruits new talents. “The candidate must have slender and long legs. He cannot be too tall, and must have a pretty, feminine face.” At first, there were few applications. But as the club expands, it has accumulated a fairly high popularity and reputation, and more college students wish to join.
Members say that their life goes to back to normal offstage. They love to play basketball and watch sports games just as any man do. But because they have a prettier face than other boys, they are highly sought after by girls, and many of them have a girlfriend.
“Hao Ge”, a member, said that he patiently learns how to walk, speak and even throw tantrums like a girl from his girlfriend, and teaches his fellows after he commands it.
Selected comments from NetEase:
网易河北省邯郸市网友 ip：110.248.*.*2012-04-10 12:24:21 发表After Japan was defeated by the United States in 1989, the United States was afraid of Japanese revenge, and therefore it started to implement a plan of cultural resurrection in Japan in 1992. From then on, Japanese pornographic culture has become a pillar industry of Japan. Japanese manga started to gradually contain light-yellow (soft-core) content. Then the Japanese culture began to slowly preach the beauty of androgyny. At the same time, the gaming industry of Japan started to take off. The Bushido (note: samurai moral code) spirit went extinct.The post-90s have already been eroded by the eunuch culture of Japan and Korea. Now we must reshape the cultural image of the Chinese empire, including the image of a warrior and the image of a rugged man. We must try to make little boys watch more video products and news of this kind. Men must shoulder responsibility. This responsibility-shouldering is the result of cultural influence by osmosis.Look at the post-95 kids in Shanghai. Many boys cannot be distinguished from girls at first sight. Can such a demographic group shoulder responsibility? They are so soft-spoken that they’d probably wet their pants the moment they hear a gun shot.Cultural erosion is a grave problem. Our country must carefully review the mistakes made by Japan after 1989. The lessons are right there.
网易浙江省温州市网友 ip：61.164.*.*2012-04-09 12:20:42 发表 An eruption of freaks and weirdoes.
警告你艹你沒资格代表我 [网易广东省网友]：2012-04-09 12:20:03 发表 I have got goose bumps.
网易河北省邯郸市网友 ip：110.248.*.*2012-04-09 12:18:42 发表 Look at this. It’s almost the same as those shemale shows abroad, which caters to the abnormal psychology of the rich and powerful, or provides dates for choice to homosexuals. This reminds me of the mama-san (female manager of a brothel) in those days who would yell, “Girls, come out and entertain customers!”
wzw1080 [网易上海市网友]：2012-04-09 12:36:38 发表 The mere thought of it makes me sick. The sight of it makes me sick too!
名字2 [网易美国网友]：2012-04-09 12:36:48 发表 I almost fainted, and was so close to throwing up all I had for lunch.
河家湾温哥 [网易广东省广州市网友]：2012-04-09 12:09:26 发表 Nowadays, what can be trusted? Even men with masquerade can look like real women.
990220211 [网易广西梧州市网友]：2012-04-10 14:09:43 发表 This crazy society that regards the ugly as beautiful.
网易山东省莱芜市手机网友 [青岛小土嫚] 的原贴：1 Quite good. At the first glance, some of them are fairly good-looking.
网易辽宁省手机网友(117.136.*.*)的原贴：2 Um. Some looked really pretty.
网易日本网友 [長門] 的原贴：3 They don’t have boobs. No way they can become a hit.
网易江苏省淮安市手机网友 ip：222.184.*.*2012-04-10 12:40:02 发表 Stupid cunts. You are given the chance to be a real man, and you chose to be a shemale. Why don’t you be an animal for your second life?