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
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.
evilcoc0nut 13th-Aug-2019 04:33 pm (UTC)
exactly. and she was one of the top celebs and money makers in china too.
senshicalico 13th-Aug-2019 09:57 pm (UTC)
i know we talk a lot in this gossip comms about how the more money and such you have, the more clout you have and are likely to get away with things but... as a content creator, one thing I've definitely noticed is that even the most seemingly untouchable people can still be brought down by those in true power. It doesn't matter how much money that person makes them. When you've got millions of people making a go at it, there will ALWAYS be someone to quickly replace them. Always.
baekpedaling 14th-Aug-2019 09:09 am (UTC)
You're a content creator? What do you do?
I'm genuinely curious and not being skeptical or anything
senshicalico 14th-Aug-2019 07:37 pm (UTC)
without going into too much detail I publish fictional ebooks. I make a living but I'm definitely what you would call "midlist" in the publishing industry so I'm not really a household name, even in my category. But I def get a front row seat to the household names who get banned overnight by amazon for reasons that are never disclosed. And while it's possible someone Did Something Bad to get banned, I've also been in the giant's crosshairs over stuff I didn't even do. I've known more than one person who got their accounts closed and lost their livelihoods and never, ever found out why because Amazon never tells you. It's also def an industry (indie publishing that is) where you're never too big to fail, because amazon holds the monopoly and can do whatever the fuck it wants with its charts, including bumping stuff they don't really like off them and promoting their own publishers' books to the top.

anyway, going back to my original point, some people were shocked that someone as big as fan bing bing quietly disappeared, but honestly it just reminded me of this mindset we have in my career that you're never too big to get knocked down a few pegs (or all of them) overnight when the person above you holds ALL the power. There are millions of celebs to replace her with in China. There are millions of people trying to break into novel publishing every day on Amazon. Authorities reach a place where they can take a blip of a financial hit if it means keeping their image the way they want it. It's just a cost ofdoing business for them.
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