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Posted by Gamalier305 pts Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fans fear for GOT7's safety amid Hong Kong outrage targeting Jackson

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Fans of GOT7 have long waited in excitement for their Hong Kong concert dates on August 31 and September 1; but a sudden turn of events amid the rising Hong Kong protests for democratic freedom now has fans asking JYP Entertainment to cancel the dates with the hashtags #JYPCANCELHKCONCERT and #JYPE홍콩콘서트취소 on Twitter.

Fans fear for the safety of their group due to increasing outrage by Hong Kong citizens towards Hong Kong born member, Jackson Wang. The outrage follows his recent Weibo update, in which he joined CCTV's (China Central Television) nationalist 'The Five-starred Red Flag has 1.4 billion guardians' campaign and stated that he too is a guardian of the Chinese flag. 

Over the past couple months, Hong Kong has been greatly affected by multiple protests against a bill that would allow its citizens to be extradited from Hong Kong to stand trial in Communist Party-controlled courts in mainland China. The CCTV campaign was put into motion after ­a number of Hong Kong protesters threw the Chinese flag into Victoria Harbour, as a symbol of their wish for independence from China, during a protest on August 3. Many Hong Kong citizens are interpreting him joining this campaign as him turning his back on his roots and taking mainland China's side in this dispute, all for Chinese fame and money. They also perceive him still keeping Hong Kong's area code in his Instagram account name as mockery. 

After having found multiple concerning online comments by Hong Kong fans, e.g. sharing the group's flight information, calling Jackson a communist pig and talking about detaining him while tearing the Chinese flag to shreds in front of him, many international fans are now hoping JYP will take action and cancel the concerts to ensure the members' safety. On the other hand, many fans are concerned that cancelling the concert would only damage the group's image in Hong Kong further.

Hoping everyone stays safe! What are your thoughts on this complicated issue?

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83degrees1,130 pts Tuesday, August 13, 2019 39
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

My heart honestly breaks for HK. They are fighting for their home and their liberty. Seeing some of the videos on Twitter, it's really devastating. And not because of the violence, but the sheer determination. Those are people who just want to protect their livelihoods, their democracy which stands threatened. 🥺 Humanity fails way too many times

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Minervia40 pts Tuesday, August 13, 2019 30
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I hope for everyone's safety too, but if I'm honest I would probably feel the same way as those HK netizens if I was in their position. What's happening in HK really isn't right. I know there's a possibility that he's being pressured by the government, but there is also a possibility he really did choose money over supporting the freedom of his hometown. Or maybe he just truly feels that HK should have no independence from Chinese rule. We don't know. So I can understand how the citizens feel seeing a popular HK celebrity make such a statement. I guess I'm a little disappointed in him too. Because this flag campaign is just another way for China to spread nationalist propaganda and paint the poor protesters as terrorists.

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