China has been using state-backed cancel movements to force companies and celebrities to comply with their official stance on Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, East Turkestan, the US, or even just freedom and democracy in general.
They did this with Tzuyu from the Korean idol group Twice. Tzuyu held a ROC flag in one of their internet streams, and China threatened to ban Twice forcing Tzuyu to record a public apology claiming she is Chinese and what she did was wrong. They did this to ASUS, HTC and other Japanese and Korea media, celebs and companies, often for the smallest things.
For example, they attempted to subject ASUS to the same treatment late 2020, when ASUS Japan was about to host a live streaming event with a Japanese vtuber group Hololive, which China had a problem with because one of the vtuber once reffered to Taiwan as a country in his stream.
ASUS China’s social media editor deliberately inflamed Chinese netizens and demanded ASUS to make public statements about where it stands on Taiwan being referred to as a country. The Hololive livestream event was canceled, but ASUS refused to make an official comment. They also transferred that Chinese social media editor to another post, taking away his ability to speak on behave of ASUS China online.
ASUS’ response is probably one of the best so far. Just cancel the event being challenged, and then ignore the internet.
Just this week, a Malaysian comic based in the UK, Nigel Ng, who became famous for his character Uncle Roger and making fun of crappy Asian cooking online, deleted his latest youtube video making fun of an Filipino chef making dumplings, and wrote an apology on Chinese social media, all because in that video he collaborated with Mike Chen from Strickly Dumplings.
[ Uncle Roger Review UGLIEST DUMPLING EVER ]，我意识到该视频引发了非常不好的社会影响。
To all Uncle Roger fans and audiences:
Thank you for your continued support for my channel. On January 10th, I posted a collab video called “Uncle Roger Review UGLIEST DUMPLING EVER” on YouTube. It has come to my understanding that this video has made a bad social impact.
My staff and I would like to express our sincerest apologies to everyone. Considering the seriousness of this issue and the negative impact of the video itself, we discussed internally and decided to take it down from all platforms. At the same time, I urge everyone to please stop reposting content related to it.
During the process of working with the content-creator, I wasn’t aware of his political thoughts and his past incorrect remarks about China. This is my negligence, and I will be more careful when I make content in the future.
As an Asian who grew up in Malaysia, I love Chinese culture, which is why I started my channel. Moving forward, I want to keep making even better videos to entertain you!
I hope you can give Uncle Roger, who has just entered China, a chance to improve!
January 12, 2021
So, Mike Chen is a travel and foodie type youtuber, exactly what did he do to offend China? Turns out, Mike Chen is a member of the Falungong. So he criticized the CCP for its human rights abuses frequently on twitter. That’s it.
Haiya, Nigel, where your spine?