The Spanish Embassy in China issued an apology to Beijing after a sign reading “No dogs or Chinese” made an appearance in a Spanish comedy sketch.
Manuel Valencia, Spain’s ambassador to Beijing, apologized “profoundly for any offense given to the Chinese community” after the scene was aired on Telecino’s “Aida” last week, showing a bar owner writing “No Chinese either” on a “No dogs” sign to get back at a Chinese person who opened a shop nearby.
“The opinions voiced by this fictional character in no way represent the feeling of Spanish society,” Valencia said, adding that Chinese citizens are “valued, respected and loved for their contribution to the community”.
The sign seems to be a nod to an iconic scene in the1972 martial arts film Fist of Fury wherein Bruce Lee kicks down a sign similarly reading “No Dogs and Chinese Allowed” (for decades it was debated whether this sign actually ever existed at the entrance of Huangpu Park in Shanghai).
Throwback or not, Telecino has gotten itself in trouble with the Chinese community before. Back in January, the Chinese Embassy in Spain sent a letter of protest to the network after it aired a comedy sketch that was seen as “overtly insulting” to Chinese people.
[Image via People’s Daily]