A crowdfunding company that focuses on donations for low-income patients seeking medical treatment is facing scrutiny from netizens after hosting a crowdfunding campaign for Wu Shuai, a popular crosstalk performer more commonly known by his stage name, Wu Hechen.

Zhang Hongyi, Wu’s wife, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Shuidichou on May 1 after Wu suffered a brain hemorrhage in April. The fundraising goal was RMB 1 million ($148,000) to fund his medical treatments and recovery. Wu is a performer with Deyun She, a well-known school and performance group for Chinese crosstalk performance, known as xiangsheng, which are generally comedic acts involving monologue or a dialogue between two performers.

While some netizens sympathized with Wu, more expressed doubt about how the crosstalk celebrity, who is likely to have substantial assets of his own, could qualify for charitable donations on Shuidichou.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.