Imagine what you would do for your kids if money were no object? Well, one Hong Kong tycoon is offering up $65 million to the man who can turn his daughter straight. That's right. A huge payday awaits some guy if he can woo Cecil Chao Sze-tsung's 33-year-old lesbian daughter Gigi Chao.
I know a homosexual child is still quite hard for some parents to accept. Every culture still battles puritanical beliefs about sexuality and marriage. And we've all heard the stories of shocked and dismayed parents who've tried everything from religious camps to threats of rejection in hopes of turning their kids "back to heterosexuals." But this is a new one: he thinks money can buy him (straight) love! More surprising, however, is how his daughter took the news.
The billionaire offered up the bounty after reportedly hearing rumors that Gigi had married her girlfriend in France. He wanted a man to romance her into a traditional marriage and offered to help her future husband start a business. But get this, Gigi wasn't the tiniest bit pissed. Quite the opposite, she was truly flattered. She said during an interview:
I wasn't angry at all. I was really quite touched. I was really, how should I say, moved by daddy's announcement ... It's really is way of saying, "Baby girl, I love you and you deserve more."
Touching, isn't it. She is so close to her father that she can find the love in this embarrassing and seemingly disrespectful move. Her father himself has made headlines for his own love life. Known as a playboy tycoon, his Rolls-Royce caught on fire with him and his girlfriend inside in 2003. He never married and has claimed to have had "intimate relations" with 10,000 women.
Gigi once told HK Magazine, “My father took a hands-off approach in parenting. I see him as a friend more than a father. My parents never pressure me with high expectations.” Hopefully her fathers actions won't make her feel compelled to betray her true feelings -- whatever they may be.
What do you think of this dad's attempt to turn his daughter straight?