It should go without saying that we don’t want to trust anyone on the internet that we don’t know, right? There are too many ways to lie, to fews ways to easily ferret out the truth, and honestly…it’s just way too easy to be swindled.
That life knowledge should go hand-in-hand with “never, ever send money to someone on the internet,” but obviously, enough of these types of scams are working that people are doing exactly that every day.
In this case, though, I don’t know. I’m finding it hard not to slow-clap for the villain?
A popular live streamer on China’s popular Douyu service, known as Qiao Biluo, has billed herself as an attractive young woman whose voice is “sweet and healing.” 100,000 people followed her on the platform, at least some of whom “worshipped” the “cute goddess” enough to donate around 100,000 yuan ($15k) to the woman online.
Users knew she was using a filter, because when they asked her to turn it off she would refuse, saying…
“I can’t show my face until I receive gifts worth 100,000 yuan.
After all, I am a good-looking host.”
She would also stream with the camera cutting off her face, as it was her voice that most people commented on frequently.
On July 25th, though, her filter stopped working and her real face became visible to her viewers, revealing that she was actually a middle-aged woman, not the young hottie people assumed.
AsiaOne quoted a source as saying Qiao Biluo is a 58-year-old mother of one, and even though the woman has deleted her account, more than 600 million people have read posts on a hashtag that translates to “female vlogger experiences bug showing her old lady face. (Folks, you can’t make this stuff up. Ahh, the internet…)
Most people seem to hold the opinion that viewers who were gullible enough to send her money just because they liked her face deserved what they got. A few went further, stating that since her popularity originally rose because of her voice, we shouldn’t be judging her on her face, anyway.
A novel concept!
What say you, dear readers? Is this live-streamer a villain or an innocent person just trying to better herself? A Robin Hood, even?
Sound off in the comments!