4:54 pm - 08/13/2019

Lay cuts ties with Samsung over "One-China Policy"

Many chinese stars have canceled their contracts with foreign luxury brands (such as Versace, Coach & Givenchy) after it was found that they do not adhere to the one-China policy and list Hong Kong and Taiwan as seperate countries on shirts they're selling.

Lay's studio has now announced that they canceled his modeling contract with Samsung because of their "global official website's lack of definition of the country and region".
He previously announced that he will "always adhere to the one-China policy, firmly maintains national sovereignty and territorial integrity and oppose any speech and behavior in various forms attempting to split the homeland" after Calvin Klein announced him as his new global ambassador.

sources: @xingpark 1, 2, @layshands, bloomberg.com, @TrendingWeibo
benihime99 13th-Aug-2019 03:37 pm (UTC)
I know he may not have a choice in this (and with the current events it's even worst) but the whole situation is fucked up
benihime99 13th-Aug-2019 03:38 pm (UTC)
side note but samsung and SM (exo more precisely) collaborated with Samsung, how is SM ent taking the news? Are they even aware?
goshipgurl 13th-Aug-2019 03:49 pm (UTC)
Since this is happening with many chinese stars and brands right now, and given the current situation with Hong Kong, this is just another order from the communist party to showcase their superior power.

Has Jackson spoken up about the situation yet? I wonder how he feels, given that HK is his hometown but he's making bank in mainland China.
myungung 13th-Aug-2019 03:54 pm (UTC)
I feel like for Jackson, he has been making it quite obvious that he's from Hong Kong, China since a while ago, so in a sense he's been pretty careful. although we'll never know how he truly feels about the current situation, he does emphasise on being a part of both Hong Kong and China from what I've seen
evilcoc0nut 13th-Aug-2019 04:08 pm (UTC)
Honestly whether any of these guys/gals support China or not is basically a non-issue. They can't say anything otherwise without hurting their careers. I'd be literally amazed if any celeb spoke up against China, not just stay silent, but actually said something.
goshipgurl 13th-Aug-2019 04:12 pm (UTC)
The Fang Bing Bing scandal last year showed that it doesn't matter how rich or famous you are, if you do not cooperate with them they will end you.
daynr 13th-Aug-2019 04:25 pm (UTC)
While I think it's true that idols don't have a choice, I also think Lay probably believes this. These are issues where there is no clear answer, because millions of people, complicated history, grey grey grey, but also let's not pretend like some of these people are not also fervent nationalists.

Or like they necessarily know half the shit that we in other countries believe to be well-known facts.

Edited at 2019-08-13 04:34 pm (UTC)
evilcoc0nut 13th-Aug-2019 04:35 pm (UTC)
some of them may be nationalists, but you literally cannot assume that from anything they put out publicly in support of china. they don't have a choice. there's loads of examples of very famous chinese celebs being taken down by the govt just like anyone else.
pseudo_shigure 13th-Aug-2019 07:02 pm (UTC)
yeah same
krissasaur 13th-Aug-2019 04:26 pm (UTC)
I won't pretend I know anything about this, but being for "One China" makes me angry for some reason. It just feels wrong. I really should look into it more some day.
myrrhcat 13th-Aug-2019 06:24 pm (UTC)
people who make statements in support of "national unity", "let's be one" are pretty much always saying "you're going to assimilate whether you like it or not." (although in this case, a lot of these celebs are probably forced to say it) i think that's why it feels wrong.
sciencebottle 13th-Aug-2019 09:59 pm (UTC)
Big yikes. But knowing what happened to Fan Bing Bing, I am not surprised. I don’t think any of us will really ever know what exactly he believes. I don’t think that it’s really as simple as “He’s supporting a horrible regime, cancel him”.
cosmicdaze 14th-Aug-2019 06:25 am (UTC)

whoop there it is
camouflagecat 14th-Aug-2019 09:15 am (UTC)
What exactly is the sentence supposed to mean? "What a shame for hong Kong"? (not coming at you or anything just curious/dumb)
accioanime 16th-Aug-2019 02:46 am (UTC)
I remember him and Pinky (from Pristin) also posted some shit when it comes to China's claim on Spratly Islands. As a Filipino, they are both cancelled to me, even though they were my bias from their respective groups.
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