Target: Chen Guangbiao
Goal: Denounce Chinese millionaire for taunting and lying to New York City homeless
Chen Guangbiao is a Chinese millionaire who has angered the homeless and poor of New York. Hailing himself as the “Most Influential Person in China,” the “Most Prominent Philanthropist of China,” and the “Most Well-known and Beloved Chinese Role Model,” he is not garnering positive attention from the media. While claiming to hand out money to the homeless and the poor at an event, miscommunication, propaganda, and empty stomachs instead led to many unhappy guests.
Recently, Guangbiao placed an ad in the New York Times where he wore a thin smile and gold medals, announcing that he would host lunch for 1,000 people, and give $300 to each person. He would also sing “We Are The World” in English during the lunch. He only kept part of the promise, and that was giving the crowd a performance of the song, surrounded by people dressed in the uniforms of the People’s Liberation Army. It was later found out that the $90,000 was given to the New York City Rescue Mission. And according to the New York Daily News, guests received a meal consisting of steak and string beans. Many were calling the millionaire a “thief” and a “fraud.”
Guangbiao is known for his bizarre antics. Once he tried to purchase the New York Times, where he claimed he would rebuild the paper’s credibility and influence. The offer was denied. He also tried to purchase the Wall Street Journal, which also denied him. Other antics included him stacking cash to take a picture, dancing on top of cars he intended to give away, and smashing his Mercedes to spur people to bike more.
This man used to be poor, and even lost two of his siblings due to starvation. With that kind of past, Guangbiao should have more respect for the poor, instead he is taunting them with his wealth. Instead of giving each person the promised $300, he instead gave it to the shelter. This man should be denounced for preying on the poor and lying to the public.
Dear Chen Guangbiao,
I am writing this letter to express my fury toward your treatment of the poor in New York City. While you may consider yourself a philanthropist, your recent “charitable acts” have angered the homeless. You placed an ad in the New York Times stating you would host lunch for 1,000 homeless, and each person would receive $300. You only lived up to half of this promise. While the people did get fed, many left the event hungry, and they did not get the promised money they hoped to use for new clothes or food.
You taunted the poor with your false advertisement, wasting their time and energy. You had a challenging upbringing, and I had hoped you could be more sympathetic to their situation. Your deplorable acts should be denounced, and I hope karma finds a way to punish you for your treatment of the poor.
[Your Name Here]
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