The Kenny G saga continues! A protestor at the Admiralty demonstration zone, where just yesterday Kenny G posed for pictures and live tweeted (since deleted) words of encouragement, said that the sax star wasn’t as diplomatic as his newest tweets and Facebook posts imply.
The musician, whose supposed support of the Occupy protests went viral just hours after he posed with fans at the demonstration, has been voicing pro-mainland China support, explaining that his walk through the protest site was merely an innocent stroll around the neighborhood and nothing more. But the damage had been done, and though the tweet wishing “everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation” had been deleted, he was already the newest celebrity target for the central government’s anti-Occupy campaign. Kenny G’s popularity in mainland China, along with a stern public warning from the Chinese Ministry’s spokeswoman, left the musician with his foot where his saxophone usually goes.
The Occupy protestor, who did not want to be named, told South China Morning Post, “It’s a bit disappointing. Kenny G has in effect said that what he told the protesters was not what he meant. He said, ‘As an American we take democracy for granted… You guys hang in there. Hope you guys will win eventually.’”
Kenny G’s buddy, Jackie Chan, would not approve.*
The witness, one of several fans who spoke with the star, said that while he understood that Kenny G may not fully appreciate the Occupy situation, “Judging from what he told protesters, I would hardly interpret it as him not supporting them. I appreciate he might be under pressure from his agent, but he is a popular and widely-respected musician. His response and the way he handles this is disappointing.” He also added, “I guess it’s beyond the imagination of all people that such a trivial thing would end up becoming an international issue, that even the Chinese foreign ministry would give comments.”
Agreed. It’s likely that no one, not even Kenny G, realized his words would have such global implications. Anyone who thought that the world would be looking to Kenny G as a political pundit on Asian affairs deserves a hearty congratulations and a sturdy straightjacket.
*For anyone who needs proof that Jackie Chan and Kenny G are besties:
This is what happens when I go to China… My music is super popular there. Look at my Chinese big brother! He can sing pic.twitter.com/VdAAWZa7oy
— Kenny G (@officialkennyg) September 27, 2014
By Briel Waxman
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