Aaron Yan has been receiving a lot of flak online lately because of his farcical theory on why an earthquake suddenly hit Taiwan last Monday. He posted on his Facebook account that the sudden rain had loosen the soil which lead to its erosion causing the land mass to move. This statement immediately became the butt of jokes among the online community and has since been receiving a lot of criticisms.
When one netizen pointed out his mistake and explained that the cause of earthquake is the movement of tectonic plates, the former Fahrenheit member just further proved his ignorance on the subject matter when he snapped back at that netizen for “claiming to know better” and even sarcastically asking whether he’s a geography student. Aaron even boasted that the director of Taiwan’s Seismology Center Kuo Kai Wen was the source of his theory. However, Mr. Kuo himself immediately denied that he ever said such a thing and even stressed out that soil erosions do not cause earthquakes.
People then started mocking Aaron, calling him a celebrity airhead and someone who’s lacking in common sense. Suddenly trapped in an ignominious situation, he had no other choice but to concede defeat and acknowledge his mistake. He posted another message on his Facebook to apologize for disseminating a wrong information. However, despite acknowledging his mistake and apologizing for it, netizens still continue their derisions against him.
I have to say that it’s very irresponsible of him to post his asinine theory about earthquakes on his public social account just like that. As a celebrity, one must be very careful with his words and actions because whatever he says or does can be magnified a hundredfold. It can be recalled that just a few months ago, he earned the ire of many Fahrenheit fans when he said that he’s not really friends with both Calvin Chen and Jiro Wang and that all those acts of their so-called brotherhood onscreen were just for show. Though he managed to get away unscathed with that maladroit comment on his fellow Fahrenheit members, this time around, the netizens are not going to let him off that easily.
While it does take a considerable amount of courage to stand by what you believe in, one must also make a conscious effort first to research on the facts you want to share in order to avoid being in an awkward position later on. And when I say research, I meant reading from reputable sources and NOT from bogus articles. I hope Aaron learns well from this mistake and that he should think twice or thrice or even ten times before he starts shooting off his mouth again.