Of course, the netizens on the sidelines only hoped that the two would go at each other even more fiercely.
And Zhao Meng’er didn’t disappoint. She was an old hand in the industry, so she was very skillful at acting pitifully while simultaneously stirring up hatred for her opponent. She would just flow in, as smooth as water, and leave a few seemingly innocuous comments that would stir the pot even further before quietly withdrawing, confident in the knowledge that her fans and her PR team could handle the rest.
She was the only artist in her agent’s hands so, naturally, all of her agent’s attention and resources were devoted to her. On top of that, Zhao Meng’er’s agent was a firm subscriber to the theory that “any publicity was good publicity”.
In the agent’s mind, publicity was publicity and smear jobs were also publicity. After all, what was the use of a good reputation? Could a good reputation be converted into fame or exchanged for resources? Obviously not! What’s more, this time they were definitely on the winning end.
With that mentality, the agent spent a lot of money to buy water armies and sway over various entertainment bloggers to have them repost certain inflammatory articles written by paid marketing accounts.
Star Entertainment Gossip: 【According to people in the know about the recently filmed episodes of the variety show ‘Gege and Jiejie’s Journeys’, there is a certain divorced artist who is very powerful, and who has quite the princess temper. According to our sources, the divorced artist found out that a certain other artist would also be participating in the show in advance and decided to dredge up their old contacts to squeeze themselves into the show. Even though this artist has an upright and straightforward persona in public, it turns out that they often bully other young actresses in private. We can all only feel pity for that anonymous young actress, after all, in this industry, people who have no backers can only be bullied. 】
Insider Entertainment Gossip: 【A small travel variety show has been generating heat thanks to two female guests that just couldn’t get along. First, we have Ruan Tian, a woman who comes from a wealthy family and is accustomed to always acting in an arrogant and domineering manner. She’s not a person who can stand to suffer even the tiniest bit. Everyone, just wait to hear what happened next! The other female guest was viciously suppressed, and her hard earned resources were smashed to nothing! 】
Is This Gossip?: 【Poor Zhao Meng’er is really miserable. She was suppressed on the show overtly and secretly, and even her spot as the heroine of the TV series she was auditioning for was snatched by Ruan Tian. Alas, I don’t know how she will be able to survive in the industry anymore. 】
These marketing accounts were all only out to attract views and please the people paying for their headlines, and they didn’t care about who was right or wrong at all. They only knew that they needed to do the job they were paid for.
Thus, thanks to this big wave that was riding on a paid smear campaign, Ruan Tian suddenly became a crazy divorced woman who used her few remaining contacts to act big and bully other artists.
And for her part, when Zhao Meng’er saw how things were trending online, she felt very satisfied.
It seemed that her money really hadn’t been wasted this time!
In fact, her agent was a greasy middle-aged uncle who looked to be in his 40s or 50s, but his skills were the real deal. He was well-known in the industry because, with his contacts and connections, it was easy for him to smear any artist he pleased.
He had used this same tactic of first spreading rumors and then releasing a concentrated volley from all sorts of gossip news sites to destroy an artist’s image many times in the past.
As he watched how things were progressing, he smiled greasily and said: “MengMeng, this time we’ve really managed to step on Ruan Tian. But you should know that you still can’t take things lightly and let up now. You must continue to act pitiful and weak for your fans now and in the future episodes.”
“Let everyone get used to seeing Ruan Tian as an evil and heartless woman until that image penetrates deep into their hearts, understood?”
Zhao Meng’er smiled sweetly, “Don’t worry Brother Li, I know what to do. Last time Ruan Tian robbed me of the limelight, but this time I definitely won’t let her step on my head again.”
This ‘Brother Li’ was actually only working with Zhao Meng’er thanks to the backer behind her, so he had been a bit uncertain about their cooperation at first. However, after interacting with her for a while he found her quite to his tastes. He was fond of smart artists like this and felt that they were definitely the ones who would get ahead in the end. He said, “Don’t worry, keep following my instructions and I will definitely lead you to fame.”
Thus, the more than eight hundred marketing numbers in Brother Li’s hands were all contacted en masse that night.
At the same time, Zhao Meng’er caused a fresh wave of heartbreak among her fans by sending out a selfie of herself with tears running down her face captioned with the words: 【I’m fine, just my eyes are a bit swollen.】
Of course, after she finished taking the selfie, Zhao Meng’er sneered contemptuously, dropped the bottle of eye drops she had used to apply the ‘tears’ into the trash, and then sat back to enjoy the comments.
“Seeing our MengMeng crying, my heart is broken into pieces. A fairy’s tears are diamonds.”
“Our MengMeng is so unlucky to have encountered the cancer of the entertainment industry, Ruan Tian.”
“No wonder Ruan Tian’s ex-husband couldn’t stand her. What man would dare to stay with such a poisonous woman?”
“MengMeng looks so miserable after being bullied. I feel suffocated whenever I think that there are still five more episodes to be recorded. MengMeng, you must protect yourself and stay away from Ruan Tian.”
“I think Ruan Tian is one of those. You know, the so-called ‘psychologically twisted’ people that experienced something bad and are now only out for revenge against society and who can’t see the good in other people anymore.”
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