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
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
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