Hoang Thuy Linh’s Sex Tape Kills Her Acting Career

October 28, 2007

Hoang Thuy Linh’s Sex Tape Kills Her Acting Career

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19-year-old Hoang Thuy Linh, who stars in the Vietnamese television series Vanh Anh Diaries, is facing dire consequences due to a sex tape of her and her boyfriend that leaked over the internet. Days after the video leaked, Vietnam Television (VTV) dropped the series, according to BBC News.

Hoang, face wet with tears, made a profuse apology on the VTV show in which the series cancellation was announced.

Hoang had cultivated a good-girl image as part of her role on Vanh Anh, where she plays the schoolgirl Vanh Anh. The show centers on the lives of Vanh Anh, her friends, and day-to-day life as Vietnamese schoolchildren, BBC News reported. A hugely popular show amongst preteens, my impression is that it could best be described as the Vietnamese equivalent of The Lizzie McGuire Show.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the 16-minute video clip hit the internet on October 15.

The sex scandal had everyone in Vietnam talking. Vietnamese conservatism (a societal heavy emphasis on pre-marital sex, for instance), coupled with the show’s massive and rising popularity among children and young teens are two primary reasons as to the dramatic reaction to the scandal.

A commenter in the AP story pointed out that Hoang’s boyfriend has evaded public wrath, whereas Hoang has been victim to the blame and embarrassment, suggesting gender inequality in Vietnam.

On the web, commenters in fora can be seen expressing their mixed reactions, from showing deep sympathy for Hoang and drawing analogies with Paris Hilton’s sex tape (which, in contrast, turned her into a superstar) to admonishing her careless actions and disrespect for her position as a role model for young girls in Vietnam. Either way, one thing is clear: the sex scandal has tarnished Hoang’s career forever.

More photos of Hoang Thuy Linh:

Hoang Thuy Linh

Hoang Thuy Linh
More of this story on the web:
The Associated Press: Vietnam is Having a Paris Hilton Moment
BBC News: Web Sex Clip Halts Vietnam TV Show
Hoang Thuy Linh Sex Tape Video and Download (contains links for video download)

Posted by: christine on Oct 26, 07 | 4:09 am | Profile

COMMENTS

Apart from the inherent conservatism of Vietnamese, I guess the key issue here is that she is the star of a children’s show. Perhaps a better parallel than Paris Hilton would be Hillary Duff: if this had happened while she was Lizzie McGuire, she almost certainly would have been dropped as well. But now that she’s an adult with a “sexier” image, it might actually be a career boost! I think whether sex tapes are a plus or a minus depends on the person’s position, image and audience.

Posted by: Dr. Lee on Oct 26, 07 | 5:53 am

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  1. of the many video clips that i download, i always watch those that are very funny *:`

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