Chinese netizen calls off JJ Lin, Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Dee Hsu and more for not supporting ‘One China’ after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

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The backlash around US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan despite warnings from Beijing appears to have found new victims – celebrities who have failed to show their support for “One China”.

A-list stars such as Singapore’s JJ Lin, Stefanie Sun and Jet Li have been targeted by a Chinese netizen, whose Weibo post jumped its toes into cancel culture, lambasting Chinese celebrities who haven’t not toe the party line.

It all started after China Central Television (CCTV), a public broadcaster controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, announced on Weibo that there was “one China” (只有一个中国).

Ms. Pelosi’s visit to Congress in Taiwan had hinted otherwise, earning both praise and criticism. The president, who visited Taiwan on August 2, is the highest-ranking US official to land there in more than two decades.

China’s “One China” policy, however, insists that Taiwan is part of China and has ignored its independence.

Many Chinese celebrities both on the mainland and in Hong Kong shared CCTV’s Weibo post.

But a Chinese netizen has launched a sort of witch hunt for anyone who hasn’t, posting a list of Chinese and Taiwanese showbiz stars based on their nationality.

The list was made up of Singaporean, Malaysian, American, Canadian and British celebrities.

For example, Wilber Pan and Daniel Zhou have been listed as American celebrities, and Eddie Peng, Edison Chen and Henry Lau are considered Canadians.

And included on Singapore’s celebrity list are JJ Lin, Stefanie Sun and Jet Li.

The venerable Michelle Yeoh, arguably Hollywood’s most famous Asian actress, has also come under fire from netizens.

Mandopop king Jay Chou was also on the list, as was Malaysian singer Fish Leong and Taiwanese Dee Hsu, Barbie Hsu’s sister.

The poster bizarrely explained that “those who didn’t share (CCTV post), they sure have something to hide.”

A number of netizens pushed back against the cancellation message.

One wrote, “Actually JJ Lin, Stefanie Sun and Fish Leong are not [from China] to start. They don’t need to voice their opinions at this point, do they? »

But the poster hit back, saying: ‘So didn’t they make money on the continent? Aren’t they part of our local showbiz scene? /TISG

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