For a while, Yan Bingqing hitting someone was hot news.
From Weibo and forums to community boards, every news outlet, including those usually detached to showbiz, had mentions of this.
The starlet bullied a newbie.
At first, it seemed that this news would not pick up.
Veterans bullying greenhorns was commonplace in such a competitive field like the entertainment industry, after all.
The news organizations under Huanyu had, one after another, posted sensational articles about it on Weibo. The usual content of which mentioned the clashing personalities of Yun Shishi and Yan Bingqing before going into detail how the former had bested the latter over a female lead role in the most-awaited movie of the year, causing one to harbor hard feelings toward another. Thereafter, during the shooting of a slapping scene, the actress used ridiculous excuses, such as not being in good condition or forgetting her lines, to repeat the takes, earning herself the chance to slap her co-actress for a total of sixteen times.
The staff present at the site then had also vouched for Yun Shishi's credible personality; nearly everyone, be they the actors, crew, or even the extras, claimed that, despite her entering the production team at the same time as Yan Bingqing, she had been nothing but kind to them.
Just like that, the public opinion leaned in favor of Yun Shishi.
Meanwhile, the same people, albeit anonymously this time, revealed Yan Bingqing's propensity to behave like a big shot and to ostracize her colleagues on set. She loved picking on Yun Shishi, in particular, and opposed her at every chance she got.
Once this news was leaked out, it caused a massive uproar in the capital.
In the public's eyes, the actress was a beauty with no acting skills. Many movies and TV shows with her as the focus received rich criticisms because of her tacky acting skills.
Despite this, she had a following solely from her beauty.
When the news was first published, netizens were skeptical about it.
Slapping of Yun Shishi and bullying of newbies… The actress was at the top; would she still do such stupid things?
Was she so stupid to do such a brainless thing on a co-actress?
Did her IQ level drop?
Regarding this showbiz controversy, the more rational netizens held the attitude of onlookers at first. They were long used to the indiscriminate bombings of those artistes embroiled in scandals for the sake of generating hype.
Moreover, the filming of 'The Green Apple' was still underway; this was very likely just a publicity stunt for the movie.
Besides, since this insider scoop's source remained unnamed, it did not hold much credibility.
Neither party involved came forward to make a response, too; hence, the attention to this matter stagnated for a while.
Even so, several fans still fought over it on Weibo.
After the makeup photos for 'The Green Apple' were released, Yun Shishi attracted quite the following, and due to her fresh and ethereal image, it caused a ripple among the original series' fans.
Many were moved by her image, which perfectly fit the original character. They gradually saw her as this generation's goddess who broke many stereotypes, and from there, she earned herself a batch of loyal fans.
Yan Bingqing was way behind her in this aspect.
Although she had starred in many movies and TV shows, due to her diverse roles, she was popular among the audience but did not hold much appeal to fans.
Those who fought with Yun Shishi's fans on Weibo were hired by the actress's studio.
At this moment, it was chaotic in Yan Bingqing's studio.
Mo Yan, who was caught off guard by Huanyu's sudden offense, was in a tight fix. He hastily employed the PR personnel at first notice and swiftly bought a large horde of faux fans to guide the direction of the forums.