Aaron Yan Dropped By Own Fashion Brand After Asking Fans If They Like Taiwanese Or American Breakfast On Facebook
Who would have thought that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s official visit to Taiwan (Aug 2) would lead to so much controversy in showbiz?
Like how a Chinese netizen created a list on Weibo calling out foreign celebs, including Jay Chou, JJ Lin and Stefanie Sun, who have yet to share the One China post on their personal Weibo accounts.
Or how Taiwanese singer Hebe Tien was slammed for posting pics of herself eating pasta. Why? Cos pasta is Italian and so is Nancy Pelosi.
And now, it looks like ex-Fahrenheit member Aaron Yan, who’s also one of the celebs in the aforementioned non-One China supporting list, has become the next target of the ongoing online vitriol.
On Aug 3, Aaron asked his fans on Facebook: “Do you like Taiwanese breakfast? Or American? Anything’s fine as long as it’s not 'Ants Climbing A Tree' (a classic Sichuan dish in Chinese cuisine).”
His post quickly drew flak from netizens. “[How could you] Mention anything American at this juncture?” a disgruntled netizen asked.
Aaron was then accused of "supporting Taiwan's independence from China" and told "not to come to China to make money".
Netizens then declared that he's about to get canceled. “Bye Aaron Yan," said one such netizen.
The next day (Aug 4), Aaron's fashion brand, ON IDentify, which he’d founded in 2012, announced on Weibo that they are "ceasing collaboration with Mr Aaron Yan from today onwards."
Yes, you read that right, he's getting dropped by his own brand.
ON IDentify also emphasised that they vehemently support the One China principle and will not tolerate any statements or actions that could potentially divide the country.