Chinese actress Fan Bingbing wants to be known for more than just her looks. Beijing News may have ranked her as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in China”, but recently she’s preferred to highlight her business savvy. For example, she part-owns Talent Production, a domestic film company that’s received the green light to list.
And last week she revealed a new dimension: a heart of gold.
NetEase, a portal, reported that while she was in Hangzhou filming a reality TV series, Fan saw a little boy injured when he and his aunt collided with another vehicle on their electric bike. The boy was reportedly bleeding when a car pulled up nearby to assist.
According to a local police officer, “A female driver wearing a mask asked if the boy needed to be sent to hospital. After I said yes, the woman immediately got out of the vehicle and helped us carry the boy onto the back seat.”
As it turns out, the driver was Fan. The reality series that she was starring in features celebrities doing ordinary occupations, so the starlet had that day been assigned the role of a chauffeur and was wearing a uniform. To avoid being recognised by her passengers she also donned a medical mask.
Eye-witnesses at the hospital said the actress comforted the child and stayed with him until doctors finished his examination. Afterwards, she spoke to the medical staff and gave the boy’s aunt Rmb300 ($48) to pay for the treatment.
Since she was in the process of filming a reality programme, Fan’s charitable effort was conveniently captured on camera. Soon, pictures of the starlet holding the injured boy also began circulating via social media.
Her efforts generated plenty of attention online. “Fan’s positive energy definitely deserves to be acknowledged,” one netizen wrote. “Bingbing is pretty but her heart is even more beautiful,” another gushed.
But more jaded netizens detect a different motive. Many think it is too much of a coincidence that the whole incident was captured on camera. In fact, many went so far to call it a “publicity stunt”.
“Talk about being in the right place at the right time,” one sceptical netizen mocks. “Whoever believes that this wasn’t staged really is an idiot,” another wrote.
Thankfully, others rushed to her defence: “So you think someone purposely knocked over a child in front of Fan so she can come in to save the day? That just seems too far-fetched. And besides, there were many onlookers and no one did anything, so shame on those people!”
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