These days, one’s social media account is pretty much a ticking time bomb. You never know when you might post something — or have already posted something — that might trigger the wrath of netizens eager to cancel people.
Sometimes, the ‘evidence’ is based on semantics: For example, Myolie Wu got into trouble for referring to China as “China” instead of “the Mainland”, and Dee Hsu lost multiple endorsement deals after calling the Taiwanese Olympians “our national athletes”.
Even Janine Chang’s 11-year-old master’s thesis, in which she mentioned Taiwan as “my country”, was not spared.
With all that’s been going on, Taiwanese model-actor Chris Lee, whom Singaporeans would recognise from Mediacorp productions such as Scrum!, Trapped Minds and Patisserie Fighting, can only be described as incredibly brave (or incredibly daft, depending on which side of the fence you are on) thanks to his crystal clear declaration of his beliefs.