I understand what Lao Lei means by superiority/inferiority complex; the apparent paradox. But I don’t see it as SM.
The “patriots” are proud of Aileen Gu. The Chinese identity she assumed, albeit temporarily, had given the egos and flaccid self esteem of the 屁民 a huge boost. Meanwhile, she capitalised on their “patriotism” to earn millions.
Paradoxically, instead of questioning her patriotism, they should also feel proud that she clings to her American identity because if Aileen Gu gives up her American identity completely (屁民 or not), they would lose a reason to deride America and feel good about an American turning her back on her own country to represent China.