With the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise about to debut in local cinemas, stars of the movie have been doing their best to promote the movie despite the pandemic.
Against this backdrop, John Cena, an American wrestler and newest addition to the Fast and Furious family released an apology video to fans of China after unintentionally calling Taiwan a country during his promotion of the movie.
Per popular request, here's Mr. John Cena's apology video with English subtitles. I kept all the incoherence in the video, as well as the curious absence of what he's actually apologizing for pic.twitter.com/WmJlRcyOID
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According to The Guardian, the controversy arose earlier in May when Cena told Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS in Mandarin that: “Taiwan is the first country that can watch F9.”
After seemingly receiving backlash from Chinese movie fans, Cena released a short video clip on Weibo on Tuesday in which he spoke Mandarin to profess his great “respect” for Chinese people and China.
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The video was immediately blasted by many American social media users who ridiculed Cena for his ‘pathetic’ and ‘spineless’ response, the Daily Mail reported.
Other foreign media including USA Today pointed out that Cena’s apology may have backfired even more as Chinese fans were still displeased with one of the top comments in this video asking Cena to “Please say ‘Taiwan is a part of China’ in Chinese. Otherwise, we don’t accept.”
The “mistake” as Cena claimed in the video, has led him to be criticized “by conservatives who say it is yet another example of Hollywood ignoring China’s faults while happily taking its money,” the Daily Mail reported.
其中一位保守派報社Daily Wire編輯Ben Shapiro也跳出來批判約翰希南並隨後發出推文表示「台灣是一個國家。香港應該要自由。如果你因為害怕自己會有損失而不願意說出這些話，那你是個懦夫。
One such critic is Ben Shapiro, editor of the Daily Wire, who also condemned Cena, later tweeting: “Taiwan is a country. Hong Kong should be free. If you are unwilling to say these things because it might hurt your bottom line, you are a pathetic coward.”
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 25, 2021