Thai Actor, Vachirawit Chivaaree, better known as Bright, became a global icon after starring in the Thai BL drama, “2gether: The Series”. The series and the two male leads gained a huge following in China where BL content is taboo and banned. However, Bright got into some trouble back in April when he was spotted liking and retweeting a photographer’s picture, which had described Hong Kong as a separate country. The photographer deleted the post and apologized for his mistake. Bright responded to that post and apologized for his mishap and said he wouldn’t make the same mistake again. Chinese netizens seemed to accept his apology.
However, about a week or so later, Bright’s girlfriend, Weeraya, was accused of insulting Chinese people and China when it was discovered she had retweeted a tweet alleging China had created COVID-19 in a Wuhan lab. This prompted netizens to dig up an old Instagram exchange between the two when Weeraya had visited Taiwan and Bright complimented her saying, “So pretty, looks just like a Chinese girl.” Someone else also asked her “What style is this?” Weeraya responded, “Taiwanese girl.” This prompted a Twitter war between Chinese and Thai netizens as many Chinese netizens felt offended and disrespected by Weeraya’s actions. Chinese netizens on Weibo also started campaigns to boycott Bright and subbing teams vowed to stop subbing “2gether: The Series”, which was really popular in China at the time.
Bright remained silent on the issue until June 20. He uploaded a video on Weibo and apologized to China and explained why it took him so long to address the issue. Bright was accompanied by a translator, Wave, who had started out the video apologizing for his own mistake first. Wave said he was sorry for “mistakenly referring to Taiwan as a country in a travel show” he hosted talking about Thailand and Taiwan. Wave explained that he was only introducing tourist destinations and wasn’t trying to impose any political agendas.
Wave then relayed to Bright about fans asking him why he has been silent on the issue for so long. Bright explained that he has been very busy and was under a lot of pressure from work. He just held his first online fan meeting, which he considered to be a big event. After it was done, he felt psychologically relieved and felt ready to share his thoughts about the events.
When asked why he stayed silent on the accusations of insulting China and the Chinese people, Bright apologized and explained that he thinks it was a misunderstanding. He respects China and each person. He has never thought about insulting any race. Bright also apologized and reiterated once again what he said in his Twitter post about the picture incident.
Bright also expressed that he has Chinese heritage and definitely wouldn’t look down on Chinese people or ethnic Chinese. Lastly, Bright expressed his apologies in Chinese: “Hello everyone, I am Bright. I am sorry to China. I am sorry to you all.” Unfortunately, many Chinese netizens didn’t accept his apology. They left a lot of comments telling him to “get lost!” There were a minority of fans who left supporting comments.
Watch the video here: https://www.weibo.com/tv/v/J7yEfvGLX?fid=1034:4518014322671659