“I’m Sorry for My Mistake”: John Cena Apologizes To China After Calling Taiwan A Country
World Wrestling Entertainment superstar and actor John Cena apologized to Chinese fans on Tuesday after calling Taiwan a country during an interview to promote his latest movie “Fast & Furious 9.”
Speaking to Taiwanese television TVBS, John Cena said Taiwan would be the first “country” to see the latest Fast and Furious movie.
His remarks elicited outrage from Chinese critics and fans.
After receiving massive backlash, the Fast and Furious star went on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform to apologize.
“I made one mistake. I am very, very sorry for this mistake.”
“I love and respect China and the Chinese people,” Cena said in the video while speaking Mandarin.
John Cena’s apology was not well received by some Chinese netizens as they asserted that Cena must say Taiwan is part of China in Mandarin.
“Please use Mandarin to say Taiwan is part of China. Otherwise we won’t accept the apology,” reads one of the comments
Apparently, John Cena is the first international celeb to come under fire over their comments about Taiwan, Hong Kong or Xinjiang.
The DailyWire reports that companies have also come under fire, with several airlines and hotels apologising to China in recent years for listing Taiwan as a country on their booking websites.
Taiwan has been a self-governed democratic island since the end of the Chinese Civil War over 70 years ago, but it’s still considered by Beijing a territory of the People’s Republic of China. Any suggestion of Taiwan’s independence is considered a major offense by China, as China regards Taiwan as its province
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