An unfortunate Chinese computer technician found his private viewing habits projected into the public square this week in China’s Jilin Province – literally.
Yuan Mou, a repairman tasked with fixing a huge LED screen hanging above the city’s main railway station, accidentally broadcast a pornographic film on the monitor for ten minutes, while hundreds of shocked bystanders gathered to look on.
According to the South China Morning Post, Yuan Mou was hired to fix the screen and after a long day’s work, began watching erotic film Xin Jin Ping Mei (The Forbidden Legend: Sex and Chopsticks) on his laptop, without realizing it was still connected to the billboard-sized public monitor.
Yuan reportedly remained unaware of his mistake until Southern Advertising Company, which owns the screen, called to alert him, at which point – according to later police reports – he is said to have immediately disconnected his computer and thrown the Sex and Chopsticks VCD out the window.
News of the incident spread rapidly across Chinese social media, as photos taken on cell phones from the railway station proliferated on Sina Weibo (China’s Twitter).
Jilin Police took Yuan in for questioning, but say they are still investigating.
Exactly what film Yuan was watching is still the subject of some debate. Several versions of Xin Jin Ping Mei – an adaptation of a Ming Dynasty erotic novel, known as The Plum in the Golden Vase in English – have been made over the years. Most Weibo users have seemed to agree that the film was likely a Hong Kong version made in 2008, and subsequently banned in mainland China because of its sex scenes.