By Tseng Te-Jung and Jason Pan / Staff reporter, with staff
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 - Page 4
Contrary to most Taiwanese entertainers who are known for ducking issues of
social and political sensitivity, entertainer Cheng Chia-chen (鄭佳甄) — dubbed
“Chicken Cutlet Girl” (雞排妹) by media — has become one of the most talked-about
netizens because of her denunciation of government policies.
Oftentimes dressed in skimpy outfits, 20-year-old Cheng rose to fame and was
tagged with the nickname after starring in a commercial as a fried-chicken
She recently expressed her discontent regarding current political situations
with a photograph of herself on Facebook, that showed her wearing a towel, on
which was written: “The government is forcing citizens to revolt (官逼民反).”
Her Facebook has commentaries on current political and social issues,
including comments criticizing President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) for “causing turmoil
and making a mess of the country.”
On Wednesday last week, she appeared alongside Academia Sinica researcher
Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) and representatives from activist groups Citizen 1985, the
Black Island National Youth Front and the National Alliance for Workers of
Closed Factories as guests on a prime-time political affairs talk show on Public
Television Service. The episode focused on the series of protests that were to
take place the following day, Double Ten National Day.
When asked for comments, veteran TV host Momoko Tao (陶晶瑩) said on Monday that
“we need more pretty females to be political pundits. Even I would want to
follow her on Facebook.”
Meanwhile, producer-turned-entertainer Shen Yu-lin (沈玉琳) told the
Chinese-language China Times: “We are in a democratic society and everyone has
the right to express their opinion. As a friend of hers, when away from the
limelight she really is quite enthusiastic about current affairs.”
However, “as an entertainer, one should not make too many political stands.
We have to cater to a television audience. One can lose half of the audience
because of a political view. Take Chang Fei [張菲], for example. He knows how to
maneuver his way through politics and he has never given public support to any
politician,” he said.
Television variety show host Jacky Wu (吳宗憲) has also advised Cheng against
speaking out on public affairs too much.
Cheng’s outspokenness has drawn mixed responses from netizens. While some
praised her for her criticism of the government and promotion of civic duty,
others criticized her for being sensationalist to attract attention.