Actor John Cena faces backlash in China over Taiwan remark

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Actor {and professional} wrestler John Cena has apologized to followers in China after he known as Taiwan a rustic in a promotional interview for his upcoming movie and have become the newest movie star to face the fury of Chinese language nationalists.

In a brief video posted Tuesday on Chinese language social media web site Weibo, Cena didn’t check with Taiwan or go into a lot element in regards to the incident, which occurred earlier this month when he was doing a promotion for “Quick & Livid 9” with Taiwanese media.

“In a single interview, I made a mistake,” he stated in closely accented Mandarin Chinese language. “I must say now that that is very, very, very, very, essential. I like and respect China and the Chinese language folks. I’m very, very sorry. As for my mistake, I actually apologize for it.”

In his interview with TVBS, a Taiwanese cable channel, Cena was additionally talking in Mandarin when he stated Taiwan could be the primary “nation” to have the ability to see the movie. That led to an uproar in China, which considers the self-governing democracy its personal territory to be taken again by power if obligatory.

It was unclear if Cena’s apology labored, as many feedback on Chinese language social media in response to his video had been damaging. Likewise, Cena was additionally dealing with scorn again in the US, the place Sen. Tom Cotton known as the apology “pathetic” and others lashed out at him on social media as a “coward.”

World firms and celebrities looking for to take care of entry to the profitable Chinese language market must tread a effective line on many points as on-line nationalistic outrage can spark boycotts.

China has more and more pressured overseas corporations over their statements on Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet, the South China Sea and different points Beijing considers delicate.

Airways and different multinational firms have been pushed to check with Taiwan as part of China on their web sites or threat injury to their enterprise in China.

Chinese language state broadcaster CCTV reduce ties with the NBA for a yr in response to a tweet by Houston Rockets normal supervisor Daryl Morey backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, though the submit was rapidly deleted.

Information about Chloe Zhao, a Chinese language director, profitable an Oscar was censored in April after previous interviews surfaced the place she stated that she grew up in a spot the place there have been “lies” all over the place.

Manufacturers together with Swedish retailer H&M, Adidas and Nike have been focused for client boycotts after state media criticized them for expressing concern about experiences of compelled labor in China’s western area of Xinjiang.

In the meantime, “Quick & Livid 9” — the newest within the Hollywood franchise — gave the impression to be doing nicely in China regardless of the uproar. The movie has taken in $155 million on the field workplace in China because it opened on Could 21, based on native media experiences.

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