FILE PHOTO: Solid member John Cena poses on the premiere for “Ferdinand” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Could 26, 2021
By Yew Lun Tian
BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. wrestling celebrity and actor John Cena apologised to Chinese language followers on Tuesday after calling Taiwan a rustic throughout an interview to advertise his newest film “Quick & Livid 9”.
Chatting with Taiwanese tv TVBS earlier this month, 44-year-old Cena mentioned Taiwan could be the primary “nation” to see the newest Quick and Livid.
China regards Taiwan as its province, an assertion that almost all on the self-ruled, democratic island rejects.
“I made one mistake. I’m very, very sorry for this error,” Cena mentioned in Mandarin in a video posted on his account on Weibo, a Twitter-like microblog widespread in China.
“I really like and respect China and the Chinese language folks,” he added.
Cena joins a protracted listing of worldwide celebrities who’ve incurred the wrath of an more and more nationalistic Chinese language public over their feedback about Taiwan, Hong Kong or Xinjiang.
Firms have additionally come below fireplace, with a number of airways and motels apologising to China in recent times for itemizing Taiwan as a rustic on their reserving web sites.
Cena’s apology was not sufficient for a lot of mainland Chinese language netizens.
“Please use Mandarin to say Taiwan is a part of China. In any other case we received’t settle for the apology,” learn a remark left on Cena’s apology video that obtained probably the most “likes”.
Neither did the apology go down effectively in the US.
“Can somebody please assist John Cena find his backbone, please?” wrote Matt Karolian, supervisor of American information web site Boston.com, on Twitter.
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton known as the apology “pathetic” in a tweet.
China’s overseas ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian mentioned in response that criticism of Cena in the US didn’t make sense.
Cotton’s remarks have been “identical to waste paper,” he added, talking at a daily information convention in Beijing on Wednesday.
Taiwan’s Overseas Ministry declined to remark.
The film has been a field workplace hit in mainland China since its open on Could 21.
Over the past weekend, China accounted for $135 million of the film’s $162 million in income, in response to U.S. leisure publication Selection.
(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Further reporting by Gabriel Crossley and Ben Blanchard; Enhancing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Andrew Heavens)