The Life and Sex Scandal of Chinese Star and Streetwear Icon Edison Chen (Part 2/3)


In February 2008, Edison Chen (aka EDC), a Canadian-born Hong Kong pop star/streetwear entrepreneur, was involved in a sex photo scandal — a series of his intimate photos with various female celebrities got distributed over the internet after a computer technician leaked them online.

While netizens were busily distributing the photos through email and forum, the scandal also led to the very first moral debate over celebrity privacy in China's pre-social media era.

Before this, Chen was a cult figure to many Chinese youth who were born in 1980s and early 1990s — as he was possibly the only counter-hero icon in the Chinese entertainment industry for introducing hip hop music and street culture to the country's mainstream.

After the photo scandal, Chen stepped away from Hong Kong entertainment industry due to overwhelming public pressure, and started focusing on his streetwear brand and more recently, art collections.

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