"Beating women, addicted to drugs, and disgracing your father with a torrent of curses – Zhang Mo, how do you even have the audacity to show your face?"
Recently, the "scion of disgrace" once again made headlines, appearing in Thailand while indulging in cigars that cost thousands each. Netizens wasted no time in tagging Zhang Guoli, saying, "Ji Xiaolan, control your son!"
I. Materialism or Simple Living?
Zhang Mo's life in Thailand, with a Bentley luxury car, a pristine swimming pool, and immense wealth, undoubtedly marks one of the most comfortable phases of his life.
On June 18th, while other celebrities expressed Father's Day greetings on social media, Zhang Mo couldn't be bothered. As usual, he flaunted his wealth on his social accounts, posting pictures of his luxurious life in Thailand. This drew the attention, envy, and a wave of criticism from netizens.
His life has always been the envy of others. Despite not earning money himself after leaving the entertainment industry, he had the support of his father, Zhang Guoli, ensuring that his spending power remained intact. His social media always showcased a life of extravagance.
However, in recent times, his selfies have displayed a more disheveled appearance, with stubble and a distant gaze, resembling someone who just woke from a deep slumber. This could be attributed to his frequent indulgence in expensive cigars, each one costing more than an average person's monthly expenses.
Regardless of his motives behind sharing these photos, they at least indicate that he's currently leading a comfortable life. While his appearance may seem more disheveled, he enjoys a life of luxury with million-dollar cars and a seaside villa, all without the need to work – a dream for many.
Perhaps, as some argue, he is simply documenting his life to share with friends rather than intentionally flaunting his wealth. Looking at it from a different perspective, this could be Zhang Mo's life attitude and values. He lives life the way he wants, indifferent to others' opinions.
However, the better his life seems, the more intense the online backlash becomes. All because of the things he did in the past, things "Chinese people will never forgive in this life or the next!"
II. The Guilty "Innocent"
At the age of 21, a campus violence incident marked another low point for this already infamous "young master."
In 2003, during his second year of college, Zhang Mo pushed his girlfriend, Tong Yao, to the ground at the university entrance and subjected her to a brutal beating, witnessed by a crowd of onlookers. The girl cried and begged him to stop, but he seemed deaf to her pleas, continuing to punch and kick her until she lost consciousness, her face covered in blood, nearly unrecognizable.
Faced with such severe campus violence, public opinion condemned Zhang Mo. His father, Zhang Guoli, quickly issued an apology, attributing the incident to youthful impulsiveness, hoping for forgiveness.
However, this apology didn't have much effect. After all, he was an adult and needed to face the legal consequences of his actions. Zhang Mo also apologized, all the while implying that it might be due to "emotional hurt."
As people speculated about the reasons behind the assault, a student came forward online, claiming that Zhang Mo had resorted to violence because he had been "cuckolded."
This revelation sparked even more controversy. Some doubted whether a department head would be in a romantic relationship with a student, while others questioned whether this was just Zhang Mo seeking an excuse. Regardless of its authenticity, this incident had a significant impact.
This "second-generation celebrity," who had grown up with his father's indulgence, had a stubborn and unruly personality and never realized his own mistakes. After this incident, public criticism against him surged, yet he seemed unrepentant and failed to grasp the seriousness of his actions.
In fact, the root cause of Zhang Mo's descent into darkness, regardless of the initial trigger, is also closely tied to his father, Zhang Guoli. Over the years, Zhang Guoli had paved the way for his son, fulfilling his various demands but neglecting to guide him on character development.
When his son made a significant mistake, Zhang Guoli rushed to "put out the fire" rather than truly educate Zhang Mo, helping him realize his wrongdoings and experience remorse. Consequently, the crisis hidden behind Zhang Mo grew progressively worse.
Whether the true cause of Zhang Mo's initial violent act was, his behavior remains unforgivable. And Zhang Guoli's indulgence of his son has its reasons.
III. Son, You Will Always Be My Regret
In 1982, Zhang Mo came into this world, briefly rekindling hope in the already estranged couple, Zhang Guoli and Luo Xiuchun. Unfortunately, that hope quickly faded.
In his early years, Zhang Guoli came from a humble background, relying on his own efforts to join the Chengdu Railway Arts Troupe. There, he met Luo Xiuchun, also a member of the troupe. The two quickly fell in love and, despite opposition from their families, formed a family.
But a marriage without blessings from both sides is destined for unhappiness. After marriage, they frequently quarreled, and after numerous disappointments, their marriage became increasingly precarious.
However, it was during this tumultuous period that Zhang Mo was born. For the sake of their child, they temporarily set aside thoughts of divorce. But as an actor, Zhang Guoli was often away from home for film shoots, leaving his family for almost the entire year. All he could do was provide a substantial amount of money, attempting to compensate for his absence.
Yet, there are things money cannot make up for. Due to his father's prolonged absence, Zhang Mo became mischievous and resistant to discipline from an early age. However, all his mischievousness was simply an attempt to gain his father's attention. Deep down, he yearned for his father's presence.
In 1987, the child who eagerly awaited his father's return home was instead met with news of his parents' divorce. It turned out that Zhang Guoli had grown tired of his mother, Luo Xiuchun, and developed feelings for Deng Jie, a fellow actress with whom he had an extramarital affair and eventually cohabited.
After the divorce, Zhang Guoli took his second wife, Deng Jie, to Beijing to further their careers. To earn higher fees, he even traveled to the most challenging locations for filming, giving all his earnings to his ex-wife while buying a house for her in Chengdu. After marrying Deng Jie, they chose not to have children and adopted a son and a daughter years later.
Zhang Mo came into Zhang Guoli's care during his rebellious phase, having been summoned to his side. He grew up in the shadow of his father, but he didn't consider it something to be envied.
Zhang Mo was labeled as the son of a father who couldn't educate him properly, and he faced public scorn. However
, the societal environment should share some of the blame. A father too occupied to accompany his son as he grew up, a mother who placed all her attention on her husband, a father from a humble background striving during his entrepreneurial years, and a child who received too much love but wasn't obedient—all of these factors combined to create Zhang Mo's extreme personality, which ultimately led to his grave mistakes.
From the initial incident of assaulting his girlfriend to later indulging in illicit substances, there's no doubt that Zhang Mo committed unforgivable crimes. It can be said that his descent into the abyss has everything to do with his father, Zhang Guoli.
Yet, amid the "disappointments," there are also those who give their parents pride and joy. It's because of these individuals that countless young people have a deeper definition of their ideal partners.
IV. The Brave Second Generation: Wang Xiao's Path in Acting
In 1978, Wang Xiao was born into a family of performers. Both his parents were involved in stage drama. His father was a director, and his mother, Wang Fuli, was a renowned actress in the 1980s.
This family background naturally gave Wang Xiao an advantage in acting. However, he didn't want to rely on the resources and connections of his parents' fame. Despite their opposition, due to their firsthand experience of the dark side of the entertainment industry, he secretly enrolled in an acting course after leaving home.
He even studied acting in two foreign countries, working part-time to support himself while pursuing his dream in Canada.
Such a challenging environment didn't deter him from pursuing his dream. Upon returning to China, Wang Xiao entered the entertainment industry. Initially taking on supporting roles due to his lesser-known face, he delivered exceptional performances in works like "White Deer Plain" and gained recognition from both audiences and directors, gradually receiving better opportunities.
He may have played supporting roles, but each character he portrayed was distinct and multi-dimensional, displaying authentic depth. At 44 years old, he has proven himself to be an actor with a high level of skill, even in supporting roles.
Wang Xiao came from a privileged background and could have taken shortcuts, but he chose the arduous path. The entertainment industry is tough, and achieving success based on merit requires a bit of luck. Wang Xiao's journey was marked by his parents' opposition and his determination to find his own way.
He succeeded, albeit through a challenging journey, and he has no regrets about his choice. Today, he is a beloved actor known for his exceptional skills, and that is perhaps the best response he could give to his parents.
Parents may want to protect their children from the entertainment industry, especially when they've experienced its darker side. But the unwavering pursuit of an acting dream led Wang Xiao to forge his own path within this industry. When he truly carved his own way and chose the life he wanted, his parents must have felt proud and gratified. As Wang Fuli once mentioned in an interview, watching her son step out on his own path, she felt that this was what a successful child should be like.
V. Author's Perspective
Today, various "second-generation celebrities" enter the entertainment industry, leveraging their parents' connections to secure roles in major films and television shows, often just making cameo appearances. However, with this trend comes an increasing number of instances where these young individuals bring disgrace upon their families, tarnishing their parents' reputations and morals.
It is indeed a sad and lamentable situation.
In contrast, there are individuals like Wang Xiao, who are willing to defy expectations and embark on their own challenging journeys. While born into privilege, they opt for the difficult path of self-discovery and self-reliance.
The entertainment industry is fraught with challenges, and achieving success based on talent requires a bit of luck. Wang Xiao's story shows us that the pursuit of one's dreams, in defiance of parental objections, can be a rewarding journey.
Ultimately, parents may initially resist their children's ambitions, especially in the entertainment industry, but when their children find their own path and choose the lives they want, parents may feel a sense of pride and fulfillment.
In conclusion, the entertainment world continues to evolve, and the choices of the "second-generation celebrities" can lead to both pride and disappointment for their parents. It is a complex dynamic that encompasses the pursuit of dreams, societal expectations, and the impact of fame and fortune.