Aaron Yan (炎亞綸) has always been very vocal when it comes to social issues and human rights. He was one of the first Taiwanese celebrities to speak out against the comments made by WHO director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, last week. He claimed three months ago, there were racist attacks against Africans, the black community, and himself, allegedly originating from Taiwan. This sparked outrage in Taiwan with her president, Tsai Ing-wen, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issuing a statement refuting Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s allegations and claimed he didn’t have evidence to support his claims.
Aaron Yan posted this on Facebook in response to Dr. Tedros’ accusations.
In the comments, he also wrote in Chinese: “My main point is that why he is talking about his grievances on an important council. The most important thing is to have everyone join hands and face it together.” Aaron Yan also emphasized, “I don’t tolerate racial discrimination. After all, I also committed this mistake before.”
His comments didn’t sit well with Chinese netizens. There were rumors Aaron Yan was being blacklisted for the comments he made. He had been rumored to be a mentor on Youku’s upcoming male idol survival show, “We Are Young 2020” (少年之名). However, because of this incident, it’s reported he lost his spot on the show.
Aaron Yan’s manager spoke with Taiwanese news outlet, ETtoday, and confirmed he won’t be recording “We Are Young 2020”. He explained, “‘We Are Young 2020’ had been coordinating the time with another show from Taipei public tv station for some time now. Due to the outbreak, whichever city we go to, we must undergo quarantine. Afterwards, we still have a new series to promote in Taipei and also prepare for a new album. In the end, in consideration of the schedule, we didn’t go film.”
A few days ago, Aaron Yan was confirmed to be one of the hosts of a new Taiwanese reality show on a public tv network. Perhaps schedules clashed. It’s unclear if Aaron Yan was going to serve as a permanent mentor or as a guest.