Chinese IT tycoon allegedly preaching polygamy, ‘harem-like’ lifestyle
Xu Youzhen (also known as Xu Bo) is seen as a mysterious rich person in China's IT community. Photo: image.baidu.com
 
NetEase, a leading Internet company in China, chimed in with a widely circulated online article, to accuse its former employee who’s now one of the top Internet tycoons in China of debasing women and preaching “imperial harem-like” lifestyle.

An article titled Former NetEase Executive Have Multiple Wives in Real Life with 12 Kids has recently gone viral on Chinese social media, which describes Xu Youzhen (also known as Xu Bo), as a successful entrepreneur and blogger infamous for advocating polygamous marriage and valuing women only for their beauty, soft personality and fertility.

The widely read article composed by taohuama2015, a WeChat official account claimed Xu, through his Weibo account “baobao teacher”, has spared no effort to preach polygamy, and oppose women’s rights to receive higher education and work.

According to the article, Xu was employed by NetEase when he was 24 years old and had worked all the way from being a junior employee to becoming the country’s most-loved game designer. Xu later left NetEase to set up Douyi Network, a Chinese video game company and in 2017, he was ranked 9th on the rich list of IT entrepreneurs, with a personal net worth of 28.5 billion yuan.

Before founding Duoyi Network, Xu was the main designer of Fantasy Westward Journey, the country’s most acclaimed game franchise and responsible for the architecture of the core gameplay in NetEase.

An immediate and unexpected response from NetEase to severe ties with Xu has helped to add fuel to the flames. “Xu Bo worked as a director instead of senior executive … Due to some fundamental divergence in values, his employment with us was terminated as early as in 2006,” NetEase said in a statement, indirectly confirming the accused blogger was really its former employee Xu Bo, or Xu Youzhen.

“NetEase could not accept or identify with any kind of ignorance of women’s rights or any preaching of ‘imperial harem’ lifestyle … the Qing Dynasty was overturned in 1912, and 106 years have passed by now,” the company said in its statement.

Besides the claims in the online article, many netizens believe the controversial “baobao teacher” was run and updated by entrepreneur Xu Youzhen, considering the Weibo account had long belonged to him under several different names like Zhuzhou, Teacher Zhu and Baobao teacher.

According to taohuama2015, “baobao teacher” had a sticky post which was a dating advertisement to solicit “obedient beautiful girls under 23 years of age” to have babies together. It’s revealed by all previous posts that the blogger may have had several girlfriends to have 12 babies.

“He knows well about human nature, because he’s gone through the rigors of sleeping out on the streets. He has put his pursuit for money and women into video games’ world, while with wealth accumulation, he is now trying to make the ‘utopia’ happen in real life,” wrote taohuama2015. Xu Youzhen is known to have risen from poverty, only having a junior high school diploma.

Just several hours after the high-profile announcement of NetEase came out, Xu Youzhen, the founder and CEO of Douyi Network, a Guangzhou-based video game company known for developing some of the country’s most acclaimed game franchises, released his statement in response to both online rumors and his former employer’s sideway knock. He accused that multiple online articles had dogmatically associated him with “baobao teacher”, without consulting him or his company.

It’s also notable Xu especially expressed indignation on NetEase’s participation in the slandering as he had said. He claimed the former employer’s statement had misled the public to believe that he applauded polygamy.

Technically, Xu Bo did not deny that he was the blasted “baby teacher” but only denied the Weibo account was registered under his name. Also, the entrepreneur said in his statement that he had never released any speech to support polygamy on any occasion.

Many netizens and media sources have forwarded and criticized the controversial remarks made by the “baby teacher”. For example, he strongly opposed monogamy, denouncing it to be a “temporary ignorance” in the history of mankind. He argued marriage was not good for girls, considering when they become middle-aged, their husbands definitely would go for young girls, then divorce becomes a necessity.

“Baobao teacher” preached feudal ethical codes like “an unaccomplished woman is a virtuous woman.” He proposed women should not accept higher education or even work, because their only values lie in their capability to deliver and raise kids. The blogger has been finding tall, slender, beautiful and obedient young girls to produce and raise babies with him. In the eyes of his followers, he has realized the “ultimate dream of men”.

Xu Youzhen, the man believed to be under the “baobao teacher” cover is one of China's most well-known game designers since the early 2000s. Before founding Duoyi Network, Xu designed Fantasy Westward Journey, which became the most known and loved video game by the generation born in the 1980s. Now He leads the development of Dream World and Shenwu as the founder and president of Duoyi Network.     

 


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