a whopping $131 million in its opening weekend, Taiwanese actress Vivian Sung has found herself the target of fury and outrage on Chinese social media after an old video resurfaced of her calling Taiwan her favorite “country.”espite starring in China’s hottest new movie,Hello Mr. Billionaire, which just raked in
In the video, which was filmed three years ago, the actress is seen answering 30 rapid-fire questions from a Taiwanese reporter while lounging around in a dressing room. When the interviewer asks her what her favorite country is, Sung quickly responds “Taiwan” without giving it a second thought. In a follow-up question, she adds that she loves to stay in Taiwan with her family.
The 25-year-old actress was born in Taipei. Before starring in Hello Mr. Billionaire, she was primarily known for her roles in Taiwanese rom-coms likeCafé. Waiting. LoveandOur Times.
Sung’s response to the favorite country question has become one of the hottest topics on Weibo today with angry Chinese netizens telling her that she ought to go back to her own “so-called country.”
“It’s okay that many Taiwanese think that Taiwan is a country, it’s your freedom,” wrote one Weibo user. “What’s insulting is that she looks down on the Chinese while still making money here.”
Meanwhile, many other web users bombarded Sung’s Weibo page with comments, demanding that the actress issue a formal apology or else risk facing the wrath of angry Chinese film-goers.
At 6:50 pm today, Sung did just that, writing in a Weibo post: “I am Chinese… Taiwan is my homeland. China is my motherland.” She then goes on to praise the Chinese mainland as the place where her “dreams come true.”
“I am proud to be Chinese. I love my homeland and I love my motherland. The two sides of the strait are always a family,” she concludes.
In the comments underneath Sung’s post, many Weibo users expressed their skeptism about the sincerty of her apology. “I hope that you are not saying this for the money,” reads the top comment with more than 38,000 likes.
It remains to be seen how this latest cross-strait drama will finally play out and whether Sung’s past remarks will hurtHello Mr Billionaire at the box office. Earlier this year, the Taiwanese film Missing Johnny was banned in China because its star, Lawrence Ko, was said to be a pro-independence supporter.