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Victoria, Lay, Fei, Jia, and Cao Lu show support for controversial Chinese political movement

By jennywill   Wednesday, July 13, 2016   298,549   26,752   0



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It seems that many of our most beloved Chinese K-Pop stars stand in favor of China in the ongoing controversy involving the South China Sea, to the disappointment of many fans.

The Philippines has previously lodged a case against China in 2013, after China tried to claim that some of the islands in the South China Sea, formerly considered land belonging to The Philippines, belonged to them. Today, on July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (an international court) ruled that "there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea's areas falling within the 'nine-dash line'" and ultimately ruled in favor of The Philippines. 

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The ruling has sparked SNS movements across China, including pictures of China with the contested land. The hashtag translates to, "China cannot become any smaller". The map and hashtag related to the movement were recently used by popular K-Pop idols including f(x)'s Victoria, EXO's Lay, miss A's Fei, Jia, and FIESTAR's Cao Lu. As the contested land includes islands considered to be a part of not only The Philippines, but also Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and even Korea on the eastern side, many fans of these countries are expressing disappointment toward the idols for supporting the Chinese movement.

What are your thoughts on the controversy?

  1. Lay
  3. Cao Lu
  4. Victoria
  5. Fei
  6. Jia

kanata Sunday, August 7, 2016

they should have just remained silent. thats another choice. no one is forcing them to show anything for the sake of something (unless there is). but by doing this, it is really hurtful to some others. dont say sh*t of you guys werent involved in a bit of the matter. every country is established by a history, and those remarks by china were for a reason. as for me, it is really hurtful and their support did disappointed me.

ssanaa Saturday, August 6, 2016

doesnt anyone think its a wise move on their behalf? Just think they have family in China and think of all the shit their family would have gotten if their celebrity family members werent showing support for homeland. I dont know how they feel personally but in China even till this date people hate the japanese. even if they personally dont feel it they wont say so. China is a country known for executing people who go against the government. i can completely understand why they would choose to support china and risk their reputation.

zuzumi ssanaa Saturday, August 6, 2016

yeah, your're right! jia is actually working in China now and lay does projects there too they are more obliged to support China than anyone else. Entertainment industry should't be mixed with politics but in Chinas case im 100% sure they would have been banned from performing if they hadnt shown signs of support .

trogdorthe8th Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I think what some people don't realize is that the patriotism and pride for the homeland is STRONG in China, and imbedded in every child quite young. Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me at all if their support for this horrible claim is completely genuine and true. If anything, many of them probably worried that if they didn't say something soon enough, they might lose support from fans in their homeland, as well as be criticized for not being patriotic and siding with their homeland. I'm not saying it's right or fair, but it's just the stigma there, and they're expected to support their country. Remember all the hate young Tzuyu of Twice got for simply holding up a flag (Republic of China) representing her Taiwanese heritage? It was crazy, I'll admit, but people are fierce when it comes to the representation of their country over there. Zhoumi seems to be getting the worst of it at the moment, which is really sad considering the timing. He finally got a new comeback stage, with only 2 weeks to promote, but his comments have really shot down all of his hard work. I'm not crazy about his music in this comeback, but it's really a shame considering how much time and work he put into things. But I feel like he should have known that making such comments on a very sensitive subject would have backlash- once again, he probably felt like he didn't have a choice and had to say something. He's made his bed, now he has to lie in it.

kpopfandom2 Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ok honestly before i say this, i don't want anyone to hate for my nationality . I'm english-chinese but i can't really say anything about this situation. China doesn't need land;they have plenty. I can understand that they would side with their country but they still have an opinion. You are not forced to side with your country if you don't agree. I don't know whether this was truly their opinion or not but sometimes it is best to keep your opinion to yourself. When there is a national dispute and you pick a side, one will be happy and one will not, as seen by the recent IG post of AS Lizzy. So I suggest that these celebs start thinking before they act for the sake of their image. Nonetheless, I still hope that your careers will be a success and congrats on your debut, Fei!

BigBlueagain Thursday, July 21, 2016

These people are not "supporting their country". The are using their celebrity to promote and support a specific illegal policy of their government. That same government that is using military force against fishermen to defy international law and steal from other countries. All of them and their groups need to be boycotted.

songhaniiii Thursday, July 21, 2016

Supporting your own country is not bad as long as you know that what you are fighting for what is right.But as for these Chinese K-pop artists, it looks wrong to say you are supporting China when everyone knows the islands belong to the Philippines. If those really belong to China, why did it not had a debate many years ago? Why do they start this issue when it could be done before? I now see China as Patrick Starfish in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants where he supported his 'rock' on a 'snail race' and ended up looking dumb. Yes, they are dumb.

xiahammett Thursday, July 21, 2016

POOR FEI. As much as I love JYP and Fei, and as much as I want to appreciate music than her political view (I'm a JYP stan), she's gonna go done with China's evil tails and horns. Soon China will claim heaven after they claim the sea.

AReMY Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What's wrong with people supporting their home country? If you people are going to argue and say that they were brainwashed to do so, take a moment to realise that patriotism is a form of brainwash, so everyone is brainwashed, pretty much. I mean, would you support your own country? I hope so.

1Minoz AReMY Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Not with aggressive tone.

AReMY 1Minoz Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I don't think that they are being aggressive though.

1Minoz AReMY Thursday, July 21, 2016

Didn't you read the caption?

paoXi Monday, July 18, 2016

This is a very sensitive issue and I wished they just supported silently but who am I to have a say about what they're doing. I wish these babies the best and I'm a fvcking Filipino oright

BigBlueagain paoXi Thursday, July 21, 2016

You are one of the ones who pays for them to do this. That money is the ONLY voice you have. Are you going to use it to agree with what they're saying to oppose it?

Exo_Leia Monday, July 18, 2016

I don't see the problem with supporting your country? While it may have been wise to not say anything because of all the fans they have in those countries, they probably would've received backlash from fans in China, which build up way more of their fans.

xxlucklylu Exo_Leia Saturday, July 23, 2016

Probably because ppl on the island's lives, jobs, and land are being taken away by China. The problem is supporting a controversial movement not the country. But it depends on your point of view.

mochiquartz Exo_Leia Monday, January 16, 2017

it affects so many people that are not chinese, and china is just being selfish

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