Tokyo Olympics: Taiwan stars trolled by Chinese nationalists
Dee Hsu is one of the most famous media personalities in the Chinese-speaking world
Taiwanese TV presenter Dee Hsu and pop star Jolin Tsai are the newest nationalist Chinese target on the internet. Your crime? We celebrate Taiwanese athletes at the Olympics.
Hsu addressed Taiwan's Olympians online as "national players," while Jolin Tsai congratulated some of them on their victories.
The contributions were interpreted as support for Taiwan's independence.
Hsu's Instagram post was supposed to be a joke, but the damage is done.
She had posted that she wanted to invite "our national players" to her home.
Hsu has since deleted the comment, but it hasn't stopped several high-profile brands like Unilever's hair care brand Clear, sex toy maker Osuga, and soft drink maker Shou Quan Zhai from breaking ties with her.
"National interest is above all, (we) adhere to the one-china principle," wrote the beverage company on the microblogging platform Weibo.
Tensions between China and Taiwan have increased in recent years.
An increase in military activity in Taiwan in recent months has raised global concern.
The Chinese government sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country again.
Many Taiwanese disagree. They feel like they really have a nation of their own - regardless of whether independence is ever officially declared or not.
According to local media, the brand cancellations are set to cost the 43-year-old TV host at least NT $ 32 million ($ 1.1 million, £ 825,260).
This wasn't the only Olympic controversy for the competitive television presenter, who is one of the most well-known media personalities in the Chinese-speaking world.
Chinese social media users were also outraged when she showed support for Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying after the final of her badminton single against China's Chen Yufei.
"Despite your defeat, I'm still proud of you," she said on Instagram when Tai won the silver medal after a tight game.
Her Instagram and Weibo pages have since been inundated with angry comments from Chinese users, many of whom refer to her as a "traitor."
“If you want to support Taiwan's independence, never come back to mainland China to make money. You can't have both, ”said one Weibo user.
Meanwhile, pop star Tsai has been convicted of failing to publicly support China's athletes along with her posts about Taiwanese Olympians.
"Stop kowtowing the Chinese renminbi, you are despicable," a Weibo comment said.
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