Taiwanese K-pop star Chou Tzu-yu, a member of Twice, created a stir after she apologised through a YouTube video for waving a Taiwanese flag.
The controversy first began after a pro-China Taiwanese celebrity Huang An accused the 16-year-old teen star for promoting pro-Taiwan independence after she had waived the flag of Republic of China (Taiwan’s official name) on Korean television earlier.
Chinese netizens were outraged and a Chinese TV station also cancelled a new year’s eve performance by Twice. A Chinese brand endorser reportedly also dropped Tzu-yu from an advertisement.
Tzu-yu’s apology has drawn attention during the recent Taiwan’s elections. Her apology also drawn sympathy from across the world, as many netizens believed that she was forced to do so.
With Tzu-yu gaining recognition across the world, her popularity has also skyrocketed in Korea. Based on a poll conducted by a Korean website Nate, 92% of the netizens felt that Tzu-yu did not need to apologise for holding up her nation’s flag. Tzu-yu has also been conferred as the top 3 young idol goddess in Korea, alongside with Girls Day’s Hyeri and AOA’s Seolhyun.
Many insiders from the entertainment circle also pointed that Tzu-yu is the “biggest victim and yet the biggest beneficiary” from the flag row incident. She has “shot to fame” after this incident, and this has considered a “free publicity” for her, said an advertising executive, Fan Ke Qing.
Fan also said, “It’s hard to say if her agency planned all this, but it is a blessing in disguise for them. It has very good publicity for her.”
Source: Apple Daily
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