Super Junior member, Choi Siwon, enjoys a high degree of popularity in China. However, he might have lost some fans today after Chinese netizens accused him of supporting the Hong Kong protests with a Tweet he liked. He started trending on Weibo shortly afterwards because of the Tweet.
Choi Siwon had liked a Tweet from Korean newspaper, “The Chosun Ilbo”, which was linked to their article with the title, “21 Year Old Youth Shot by Hong Kong Police: I can die by a bullet, but beliefs can’t be killed.” A screenshot of him liking the Tweet was uploaded to Weibo and netizens immediately thought his action was in support of the Hong Kong protests.
Netizens and his fans left comments to show their disappointment and dissatisfaction with Choi Siwon. They said, “If it’s true, it is really disappointing.”, “Taking Chinese fans’ money, please at least respect China on the surface.”, “Please continue with the Korean ban.”, “The whole group is ruined by him.”, “Is it because his hand slipped? I can’t believe it.”, “Selfishly asking, can you quit the group?”, “Hope you don’t come to China to fish for gold. We don’t welcome you.”, “Get out.”
Due to the backlash, Choi Siwon issued a statement on Weibo saying, “I saw there were some issues as a result of what happened on Twitter. For this behavior, I expressed my concerns with thoughts of hoping the violence and riots can come to an end soon. Because of this action, it has caused a lot of debate, making everyone disgusted and disappointed. I express my sincerest apologies to everyone.”
Even so, netizens and fans were not buying his apology. They left comments saying, “You don’t even understand anything. Why would you hit the like button?”, “Chinese ELFs (name for Super Junior fans) are really disappointed and won’t forgive you either. After all, my country is more important. I support my country.”, “Since you’re being sincere, now post your statement on FB and IG!”, “I haven’t seen it yet. I hope you post it on IG and Twitter. Don’t think Chinese fans or Chinese people can be easily fooled.”
It seems Choi Siwon has unliked the Tweet already.