Chinese rock star Zheng Jun was hit online after he revealed that he punished his 11-year-old son by letting him kowtow 1000 times for lying.
The Beijing-based singer wrote on Weibo about his son’s punishment on Sunday. He ordered him to kowtow 1000 times after he lied to him.
His son, named Jagger, then asked him if he could choose another form of punishment after completing 200 kowtows.
“I said ‘I’m beating you? Or [you can] sit with your legs crossed [on the floor] for an hour in exchange for 500 kowtows? [Jagger] said he would at least choose to sit cross-legged [he] can learn something [from it]”Jun allegedly wrote.
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After being in the uncomfortable yoga position for 10 minutes, the young boy cried and promised not to lie again. However, his request to be spared was ignored by the singer as he continued to record the punishment on video.
The post went viral, with viewers accusing Jun of child abuse, which led the singer to edit the post on social media and advise parents not to follow his punishment. He claimed that he and his son have practiced sitting cross-legged, and that Jagger “can make it easy in half an hour”.
‘The boy is young. Excessive punishment will not give positive results, “commented a Weibo user.
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“I hope you understand that in order to teach your child not to lie, you have to be patient and find out why he lied, instead of just resorting to punishment,” wrote another.
After deleting his original post, the singer wrote a new post, claiming that the kowtow he ordered his son to do was a “simple and effective” yoga movement similar to a Tibetan Buddhist ritual.
“Sitting with your legs crossed is a good way to cultivate the children’s concentration,” Jun is said to have written. “My son and I go together every morning and often sit cross-legged in the evening.”
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“I have never beaten my child,” he added. “I have never demanded that my child realize any of my dreams. I just hope he becomes an honest, kind, strong and brave person. “
“You do not have to worry about what the audience thinks,” wrote a user who posed with the singer, according to South China Morning Post. “I have a daughter, and I beat her when I thought it was necessary. Now there is no problem with her. Children do not harbor resentment as long as you clearly explain your intentions to them. “
Zheng Jun is a rock singer-songwriter who won the MTV International Viewer’s Choice Award for his song “1/3 Dream” in 2002. He recorded a Chinese-language version of the song “Yellow” by Coldplay, which was sung by Katherin Ho and included in the soundtrack to the 2018 film “Crazy Rich Asians”. Jun and his son previously became popular with fans after appearing on the Chinese variety show “Dad Is Back” in 2015.
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Featured image via Jun Zheng (left); Goode White (right)