Feuds and fistfights result from overabundance of personality

The China Post news staff

As always, local TV personality Jacky Wu (吳宗憲) earlier this month was in the news again and, perhaps, in trouble too. Wu allegedly attacked a college student in a noodle diner in Taipei at 5 a.m. on Feb. 8, after a shouting match between the entertainer and the collegians, according to local media reports. The 23-year-old student, surnamed Chen, was hit in the face and got four stitches in his lips, the reports said. Subsequently, the student pressed charges against Wu for assault and intimidation and Wu said he was willing to apologize. The brouhaha could have ended peacefully there, but it was not to be. Wu later told reporters that he had just been drinking elsewhere before getting into the fight, and said he was on the receiving end of some punches. Wu said he is willing to apologize for the misunderstanding, saying he mistook the student for a paparazzo, who, according to Wu, was overly noisy when he entered the eatery. The television host, however, also vowed to have his own injuries examined by a physician and consider countersuing. And, as befitting an usually noisy and boisterous entertainer — who is not above making off-color, suggestive remarks during shows that are supposedly intended for families — there were further twists and turns to the saga. Ridiculed by friends that he had been given a black eye by such an “old man” as Wu, the 23-year-old challenged Wu to a presumably no-tears, no-holds-barred one-on-one fistfight. As of this editorial’s writing, Wu has not picked up the gauntlet.

It takes two to tango, as the cliche goes, and in this case it might be grossly unfair to blame Wu alone. The obnoxious and arrogant image he sometimes projects, however, could be blamed, at least partially, for his not infrequent unpleasant encounters with others during shows and in the show business-community interface.