China’s LGBT community is up in arms after a blogger verbally attacked a 90-year-old Fuzhou woman who supported her gay grandson in a viral video, calling her a former prostitute and a “comfort woman" - in a reference to women forced into prostitution by Japanese soldiers in World War II.
The blogger, “Jixiangjingang001”, who appears to be a man from Yunnan according to his Weibo profile, wrote last week in response to the elderly woman’s viral message to grandson:
“This grandmother may have been a prostitute or a comfort woman, otherwise an elderly Chinese person of her age would never have made such comments.”
The post enraged members of the gay community and their supporters - eliciting thousands of comments and re-posts. Some reported him to Weibo censors, who took down the original post. But the war-of-words had only started.
In following posts, the man continued attacking China’s homosexuals.
“I am sympathetic with gays, but will absolutely not tolerate such an old lady who flouts Chinese morality and ethics to publicly support gays,” he said in a later post among a litany of attacks. In another post, he argued that prostitutes had better moral standards than gays because unlike homosexuals, they were often forced into working in the sex industry.
Angry net users, after failing to get an apology from the unrepentant man, launched cyber investigations and posted what they believe to be the man’s name and phone number. Calls were made to the listed number to protest against the man’s homophobic comments.
A man, who answered the phone on Tuesday morning, told the South China Morning Post the blogger was could now no longer be reached on this phone number. He also said he called police after receiving abusive phone calls.
A Qiang, a worker at PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays), said he accepted that not everyone supported the LGBT community, but such a vicious attack could not be tolerated.
“If he doesn’t apologise, I will write a letter and reveal his words to all his business partners,” he wrote on Tuesday.
As the war-of-words escalated, others from the gay community cautioned against “verbal violence” towards the man.
”We can argue with him with reason and facts, but there’s no need to engage in dirty attacks," added another blogger.
The blogger, “Jixiangjingang001,” didn't reply to the Post's request for an interview on Tuesday.