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Spoiled brats spring from pampering parents

By Ni Tao (Shanghai Daily)

08:14, March 04, 2013

(Photo/Zhou Tao)

For renowned army singer Li Shuangjiang, the music is over, the curtain brought down by his ne'er-do-well son Li Tianyi.

The junior Li has been placed under detention in Beijing for allegedly taking part in the gang-rape of an underage girl in a hotel room, together with four friends.

It's not the first time Li fils has dishonored his father, now 74 and arguably one of China's best altos.

In 2011, the younger Li was given a one-year term in a juvenile rehabilitation facility for violently beating a man with whom he nearly had a car crash. He was released in September.

After only six months, the bad boy struck again, this time bringing greater shame to his father and raising deeper questions about his parenting.

The younger Li's aggression can only be bred by his parents' indulgence, many assert. This assertion appears plausible.

After the gang-rape case went public, Meng Ge, the boy's mother and also a singer, appealed to the public to show some tolerance for his son, who is still a minor aged 17.

Doting mother

A doting mom she may be, but definitely her enabling of Li's youthful mischief has grown over the years into naked defense of his arrogance, to the neglect of the rape victim's plight.

And whether young Li is still a minor is open to question.

Many suspect that his age is fabricated and he is already an adult, liable for harsher punishment than is meted out to a juvenile delinquent.

Strangely, some celebrities have rallied to his support.

Renowned TV anchor Yang Lan tweeted recently in her microblog that she felt sorry for him, saying the earlier one-year punishment in the rehabilitation facility had a debilitating impact on his character. "Teacher Li (the father) has my sympathy!" she wrote.

It's not clear if Yang is one of the senior Li's proteges, feeling compelled to risk her own reputation in defending a spoiled brat.

But Yang apparently has very muddled ideas about what a causal relationship is, for she seems to have forgotten that Li already showed his true color in that nasty street fight before he was thrown into youth detention. Yang later apologized for her improper remarks.

In fairness, a brief look at his resume generates the image of a brilliant young man who has a great future ahead of him.

Born into a wealthy family of artists, he should have received the best education that commoners' offspring can only dream of. But art doesn't seem to flow in his blood, arrogance does. His education apparently is lacking in moral guidance yet rich in permissiveness and indulgence.

Although the rape case involved his son, it is the father who has born the brunt of opprobrium. The senior Li boasted, on many occasions, about his son's versatility, but apparently he didn't teach him anything about humility or restraint.

Wayward children

The rape case is the latest in a series of scandals in which wayward children have disgraced their official, celebrity fathers. A few are not the children's biological fathers, but sugar daddies offering patronage.

These scandals have given rise to a neologism, keng die, to bring down the father.

In a popular online joke, four fathers victimized by their sons' or daughters' insolence or even criminal behavior are lumped together into a pack dubbed "four famous daddies."

We have a police chief whose drunk-driving son cried out his powerful father's name in false belief of his impunity and dared bystanders to call the police; we have two young women who flaunted a luxurious lifestyle supposedly funded by money from charity organizations headed by their father or sugar daddy. And at the head of this pathetic pack is Li Shuangjiang, whose revolutionary songs inspired a generation of people.

The downfall or public humiliation of these fathers led an ingenious commentator to pen doggerel that reads, "Father is the son's license to commit evil, son is the epitaph on the father's gravestone."

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