John Cena Apologises To Chinese Fans For Calling Taiwan A Country
American professional wrestler, actor and icon John Cena has come forward with an apology video to his Chinese fans after he faced backlash for calling Taiwan a country while he was there in early May to promote his latest movie, Fast & Furious 9 (F9).
The 44-year-old actor was at a fan meet in Taiwan when he told a Taiwanese broadcaster in Mandarin that “Taiwan is the first country that can watch F9.” This immediately sparked outrage among Chinese fans as China has always considered Taiwan as part of its territory instead of an independent nation.
This led Cena to release a video of him apologising to his 600,000 followers on Chinese social media platform Weibo. Speaking in Mandarin, the actor said he was sorry for his mistake and clarified that he “love and respect Chinese people very much”.
John Cena apologized in Chinese on Sina Weibo after calling Taiwan a country during an interview promoting Fast & Furious 9 pic.twitter.com/dzRKIYgEzL — Joe Xu (@JoeXu) May 24, 2021
The video was viewed over 3 million times and received around 10,000 comments, but most netizens were still unhappy with Cena’s apology. The top comment, which received over 7,300 likes, even reads: “Please say ‘Taiwan is a part of China’ in Mandarin, otherwise we won’t accept it.”
Meanwhile, on western social media Twitter, Cena’s profile is filled with comments mocking his apology and slamming him for supporting China.
John Cena called 'pathetic' for apologizing to China over Taiwan remark https://t.co/2unpIrS4yK pic.twitter.com/eJfjfSmOey — New York Post (@nypost) May 26, 2021
It seems like no matter what he does, Cena’s intentions just can’t be seen by the public… Guess you really can’t please everyone.