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Chinese celebrities voice patriotism on social media

(People's Daily Online)    16:07, August 16, 2019

Chinese celebrities are voicing their opinions on social media to show their patriotism after demonstrations in Hong Kong that have devolved into violent offenses including vandalizing the Legislative Council, insulting the national flag, attacking police stations and beating tourists.

Among those who voiced support for justice were Jackie Chan and Simon Yam, both of whom have played policemen in Hong Kong-produced dramas and movies.

Radicals in Hong Kong defamed these celebrities and artists, adding them to a list of "artists of inferior quality". However, what they did is considered a joke in the eyes of many netizens who ironically extended their thanks to the radicals for making the list.

As a matter of fact, the list is far too short, so we gathered more patriotic artists below. Let’s take a look.

Jackie Chan

During an interview with China Central Television, Chan noted that the recent events in Hong Kong saddened him. By vowing to guard the national flag on social media, the Kung Fu star said he wanted to express what he felt as a Chinese and Hong Kong citizen.

“Security and peace are like air, and you’ll realize their value only after you lose them,” Chan said, adding that Hong Kong is his hometown, and China is his home country, and he loves them both.

Simon Yam

The actor frequently plays policemen in Hong Kong TV dramas, and joined an online campaign held by People’s Daily on microblogging site Weibo under the hashtag “Hong Kong belongs to China,” saying “Go China, Go Hong Kong.”

Jordan Chan

The actor also joined the “Hong Kong belongs to China” campaign and posted “Roger” to make his voice heard.

Jackson Wang

Reposting a message on Weibo under the hashtag “The five-star flag has 1.4 billion guardians”, the hip-hop artist aroused resentment from some radicals who threatened to attack him.

Charmaine Sheh

“I love my motherland, China. I love my hometown, Hong Kong. May our society return to peace and stability,” said Sheh in a post on her personal Weibo account.

Earlier in late June, Alan Tam, Kenny Bee, Tony Leung Ka Fai and other Hong Kong celebrities rallied to support Hong Kong police and guard Hong Kong’s rule of law.

William Wai-Ting Chan, Hawick Lau, Ada Choi, Celina Jade, Jacky Heung, and many other young Hong Kong singers and actors also vowed to guard the national flag and reposted the microblog with a hashtag “Hong Kong is part of China forever.”

Recently, many Chinese celebrities halted contracts with world-renowned brands including Coach, Versace, Calvin Klein, and Swarovski after finding that these brands separated Hong Kong and Macao from China in their product designs or official websites. They posted on social media to protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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