Chinese celebrities forced to choose between Beijing and the West over Uighur abuse

China is keen to carry out a happy image of the problem area and the musical Wings Of Song-CCTV

China is keen to carry out a happy image of the problem area and the musical Wings Of Song-CCTV

Only a short social media post in China has sparked a massive backlash against H & M and other foreign brands by expressing concern about allegations of forced labor in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

“Wishful thinking, wanting to make money in China while spreading rumors of boycotting Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region? Wishful thinking!” With the announcement of a Swedish retailer last year to stop sourcing from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Read the post by the Communist Party Youth League.

Stocks, likes and comments began to get caught up in the Chinese mass media enthusiastically and before the wrath of nationalists. Within four hours of the first post, Chinese actor Huang Xuan broke his relationship with H & M and said he “resolutely opposed any attempt to undermine the credibility of the country and human rights.”

Many celebrities such as Nike, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Puma, entertainer Song Chien, pop icon Wang Yibo, Uighur actress Dil Labadil Murat, Hong Kong cant pop singer Eason Chan, Taiwanese cellist Wu Yang Nana, etc. I did.

Chinese celebrities have long remained apolitic so as not to go against the government. However, celebrities have been forced to choose the side as the ruling party encouraged nationalists’ enthusiasm to oppose pressure from the West, including coordinated sanctions on human rights issues in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

If they want to stay in the limelight and continue their career as a model, actor and influencer, the only viable option is to support Beijing.

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Singer Eason Chan-Visual China Group

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Actor Wang Yibo-Visual China Group

China’s “authorities have taken advantage of this pressure from sanctions to seize the story around Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, internationally and domestically as one of” Xidui vs. China “rather than human rights or forced labor issues. Is also assembling it. “Jamie Gruffid Jones, a lecturer at the University of Kent, said.

Beijing has signaled celebrities, businesses and diplomats that “patriotic citizens want to protect their country from the hostile United States.” Gruffid Jones, who is investigating how international pressure affects China’s domestic policy, said.

Beijing campaigned to introduce the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region as a happy place and produced the musical “Wings of Song”, which shows the idyllic joy of the region in northwestern China.

After that, Chinese stars may lose their lucrative opportunities abroad, but driving the party line is fueled by the enthusiasm of the ever-growing nationalists stimulated by the government and the support of domestic fans. Supports.

In many respects, A-listers cannot afford to remain silent in the scrutiny of powerful and patriotic members who can be involved in frenzy whenever the authorities are at their convenience.

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Performed by cellist Uyan Nana-Visual China Group

Diplomat is not immune

The enthusiasm of nationalists has also influenced Chinese diplomats stationed in Rome from Rio de Janeiro. Because they are increasingly expected to protect the country on the world stage.

It’s part of a diplomat’s mission, but Beijing’s envoy does not support the homeland if it does not fully demonstrate the spirit of the “wolf warrior,” which is a reference to the patriotic Chinese action film trilogy. May be considered. And hopefully, Beijing’s full support may mean promotion of diplomats.

Experts say it’s no wonder Beijing encouraged patriotism amid a series of challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic and rising pressure from the West.

“Nationalism is the most credible pillar of legitimacy for the Chinese Communist Party,” said Willy Lamb, a professor of Chinese politics and government at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is “an important weapon for promoting internal cohesion and promoting internal cohesion.”

In the long run, experts say China runs the risk of alienating much of the world. But so far, the promotion of patriotism is in favor of Beijing.

In the end, more than 30 Chinese celebrities broke ties with foreign brands. And the first boycott-promoting post eventually received nearly 500,000 likes, was shared 41,200 times, and received over 16,000 comments.

This weekend, China’s real sea of ​​musical sets produced in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, inspired by Hollywood’s blockbuster “La La Land,” struck Chinese cinemas, creating oppression and unpopular ethnic unity. Drawing rural idyllics and stepping up promotional campaigns at home, even surveillance and Islam in its majority Uighur population.

Rap songs, photo exhibitions and the musical “The Wings of Songs” are leading the cultural restructuring of the region after an army of celebrities who jumped into the defense of the polluted textile industry in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.