Considering the recent dog attacks that have caught the media’s attention in China, Taiwanese actress Joe Chen has come under fire online for responding to the incidents by speaking out for the stray dogs.
A two-year-old girl was mauled by a rottweiler in Chengdu. A few days before that, a dog named Xiao Huang attacked a woman who bent down to pet it in Jiangsu.
In a Weibo post, the 44-year-old actress, who is a known animal lover, wrote, “Heartbroken! Xiao Huang did nothing wrong. Stop hurting stray animals.”
However, it seems the public didn’t take too kindly to her online outburst, with netizens saying, “Its probably because stray dogs don’t have testicles,” referring to the time Joe revealed in a show that she enjoys eating, um, animal testicles.
Others are also calling Joe out for having double standards.
“A two-year-old and an old lady were bitten and you didn’t say anything…” before adding that Joe should call for civilised dog ownership instead of just complaining about the culling of strays.
Another also chastised the actress, saying, “If you have never experienced the pain of being bitten by a dog, don’t speak up for the dog. The country has done the right thing.”
Some also mercilessly came out to mock Joe, posting pictures of her eating seafood and then questioning her for wanting to protect marine life.
It also seems that Joe is not the only celeb to receive negative backlash on the topic with Li Xiaran, Liu Cong, Viann Zhang and Li Na all weighing in on the topic.
Popular Chinese actress, Lan Xi, 40 was forced to delete her video about protecting strays, while host Yang Di, 37 had his Weibo account banned after posting a video urging the public not to torture and kill dogs.