Yet another Taiwanese entertainer has stirred up cross-strait controversy after a video was posted online over the weekend starring pop star Show Luo saying to a mainland audience that “we are all Chinese.”
The video is from a Beijing movie premiere that the singer, dancer and actor attended last Thursday. On stage, Luo is asked by one audience member how he felt about collaborating with different stars from the mainland on the film.
“There’s no need for such division, we’re all Chinese,” Luo says to rackous applause from the theater:
However, Luo’s remark hasn’t been quite so well-received back in Taiwan after the video was posted on the Facebook group Anti-Show Luo Fans. Since Sunday, Luo has lost more than 40,000 Facebook fans. However, he has managed to offset those losses by picking up over 50,000 followers on Weibo.
In response to the controversy, Luo’s publicist had this to say: “Show is a Taiwanese, born and bred. But he is Chinese through an education under Chinese culture. Isn’t that the case for his peers or those older than him?”
Of course, this controversy comes right on the heels of 16-year-old K-pop singer Chou Tzuyu making a tearful apology for waving the Taiwanese flag in an online-only segment of a South Korean reality show.
That incident brought all of the major candidates together before the Taiwanese elections to voice their support for Chou. We’ll see what sort of political raminfications this latest pop star incident has in store.
[Images via Facebook]