Jack Ma, founder of online marketplace Alibaba, faced a backlash online after telling his employees to engage in sexual acts six times in six days. The China’s richest man urged his newlywed staff to have six-day “sex marathons” at a mass wedding of 102 couples at his company headquarters.
“At work, we emphasize the spirit of 996. In life, we should follow 669. What is 669? Six days, six times, with duration being the key.
“The first KPI of marriage is to have results. There must be products. What is the product? Have children.”
“Marriage is not for the purpose of accumulating wealth, not for buying a house, not for buying a car, but for having a child together.”
The “669” quote was posted on Alibaba’s official page on Weibo with a winking emoji, with many net users calling it lewd.
“Who on earth would have the energy to do 669 at home after 996 during work?” quipped one user.
“Making a lewd joke in public and notoriously promoting it – are you being responsible to minors? Thumbs down this time,” read another comment.
An Alibaba Group spokeswoman said: “The group ‘wedding’ ceremony is one of our traditions on Ali Day, a celebration to show appreciation for our employees and their families.”
“This year, Jack offered lighthearted life and marital advice to 102 newlywed couples, saying the key to a successful marriage is to forget the negatives and embrace the positives of each other and that the value of love, unlike coding, can’t be measured or calculated.”