Like everyone else in the world, celebrities have been publicly rooting for their country’s athletes at the Tokyo Games, but those, like Dee Hsu, who cheered for the Taiwanese players inadvertently sparked a whole load of controversy.
On Saturday (Jul 31), Taiwanese badminton duo Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin beat China’s Liu Yuchen and Li Junhui to bring home Taiwan’s — or, to be more politically correct, Chinese Taipei’s — first Olympic gold medal in the sport.
Lee Yang, 25, later took to Facebook to proudly declare: “I am Lee Yang, I am from Kinmen, I am from Taiwan. [Flag of Taiwan emojis] We have let the world see Taiwan (...) The highest glory in the Olympic hall is dedicated to my country, Taiwan.”
His post did not sit well with Chinese netizens, who accused him of supporting Taiwan’s independence from China (a contentious topic we don’t wanna get into right now), but he wasn’t the only one who got into trouble.
Taiwanese pop queen Jolin Tsai, 40, shared a photo of Lee Yang and Chi-lin on her Instagram Stories and added four sparkling heart emojis to show her love for them after their win.
The star also shared some words of encouragement for Taiwanese badminton player Tai Tzu-ying, who took home silver in her match against China’s Chen Yufei.