Chinese Actor Schooled for Sexist Parenting Book

Misogynist words from Guo Tao’s past have come back to haunt him.

Guo Tao may have won millions of hearts with his acting chops, but recent revelations of chauvinistic chapters from his parenting book have made the popular Chinese actor the brunt of angry fans’ backlash.

On Thursday, China’s Twitter-like microblogging site Weibo was flooded with posts from the 50-year-old’s book titled “The Power of Fathers,” which many said was riddled with sexist tropes and violent excerpts involving Guo’s ex-girlfriend. The 2014 book revealed the actor’s parenting method in teaching his son “the power of being a man and father,” according to its synopsis.

In one chapter titled “The Only Time in My Life I Beat a Woman,” Guo describes how he lost his temper and hit his ex-girlfriend. “I dragged her into the car and slapped her in the face hard.” Guo writes that the violence came “instinctively,” and that he just wanted her to “cool down.” He then describes how his violent behavior taught her a lesson.

“After the slap, she was shocked, and then became well-behaved,” he wrote. “If you don’t show a clear attitude, she will walk all over you without any fear. … But if you set boundaries, she’ll behave and know what she’s supposed to do.”

Known for black comedies like “Crazy Stone” and “The Dead End,” Guo’s popularity reached new heights following the release of “Dad, Where Are We Going?” — a travel reality show he starred in with his son in 2013. But many of Guo’s 11 million fans on Weibo are now angry over their idol’s perceptions of women. Continue to read the full article here.


– This article originally appeared on Sixth Tone.