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Lesbian responds to father’s $500 million offer to her potential husband

You know what’s just so awkward? When your parents start meddling in your love life. Parents, right? But then it turns out they’re homophobic and they want you to date someone of the opposite sex. And one of them’s a billionaire who offers 500 million Hong Kong dollars to any man who can marry you and turn you straight.

Okay, so maybe that experience isn’t as widespread as I thought.

[Via The Guardian, Photograph: Apple Daily/AFP/Getty Images]

This is, however, the story of Hong Kong socialite Gigi Chao, daughter of billionaire Cecil Chao Sze-tsung. Not content with his daughter entering a mutually healthy lesbian relationship, he proceeded to offer half a billion Hong Kong dollars to any man who could make her switch teams. You know, because that’s the basis of a lasting marriage.

In an open letter to her father, as run by the South China Morning Post, Gigi laid down the law with her father, saying, “As your daughter, I would want nothing more than to make you happy. But in terms of relationships, your expectations of me and the reality of who I am, are not coherent."

She added, “My regret is that you have no idea how happy I am with my life, and there are aspects of my life that you don’t share. I suppose we don’t need each other’s approval for our romantic relationships, and I am sure your relationships are really fantastic too."

I’m sure deep down he loves his daughter . . . and he just happened to pick a very weird, disturbing, virulently homophobic/misogynistic way to express that. If you love your daughter, maybe start treating her like a person and not a commodity you want to sell off to the right buyer. Because really. Selling your daughter for $500 million. That’s messed the fuck up.