Web sex clip halts Vietnam TV show By Nga Pham BBC Vietnamese Service Vietnam has been hit by hurricanes, floods and a catastrophic bridge collapse of late, but the nation is abuzz with talk of just one thing - a blurry video of an encounter between two teenagers. Thuy Linh R was popular with children and parents Internet forums are swamped with messages about an online sex video apparently showing year-old Hoang Thuy Linh, the star of the popular TV series Vang Anh's Diaries, and her boyfriend. A five-minute clip, filmed by mobile phone, was originally posted on YouTube by an anonymous user. It has since been removed, but copies of it - including a minute long version - are being circulated on other websites. Parental approval Thuy Linh, despite playing a schoolgirl in the series, is actually a first-year college student.
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An online sex video featuring a popular young TV star has riveted the nation for more than a week now, much as Hilton's notorious clip seized worldwide attention when it hit the Internet a few years ago. But unlike the American celebrity, the year-old woman at the center of Vietnam's sex scandal had cultivated a good-girl image. And unlike Hilton, Hoang Thuy Linh will not be able to capitalize on her newfound notoriety. Thuy Linh's show has been canceled and her career is over, capped by a tearful farewell on national television during which she apologized for disgracing her family and disappointing her fans, most of them high-school girls. Her fall from grace has highlighted the generational fault lines in Vietnam, a sexually conservative culture within which women have been taught to remain chaste until marriage and stay true to one man - no matter how many times he cheats. Like everything else in this booming country, ideas about sex and gender roles are quickly changing as satellite TV and the Internet bring Western influences to a society long cut off by war and economic isolation. But for many in Communist Vietnam, new ideas about free love are much harder to accept than the free market.
Instead, they are talking about a sex video between two teenagers that has been circulated online. So far, Internet forums and message boards have been filled up with messages regarding a sex video between two teenagers. The sex video is supposed to be Hoang Thuy Linh and her boyfriend.