“The Wolf Warrior Isn’t Patriotic After All”: Chinese Netizens Slam Wu Jing For Using iPhone Despite Being Spokesperson For Chinese Tech Brand
Images of the actor using the American brand phone to snap pics of Andy Lau on stage at the Golden Rooster Awards have angered Chinese netizens.
Would you go as far as to say someone is not patriotic just because they don't use a homegrown brand?
According to some Chinese netizens, the answer is yes.
Chinese actor Wu Jing, 48, is best known for directing and starring in the 2017 film, Wolf Warrior 2.
The movie, which tells the story of a Chinese soldier on a mission, received praise for its patriotic plot, and became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time, with box office takings totaling 5.7bil yuan (S$1.2bil).
Following the huge success of that movie, Wu Jing went on to appear in a number of other patriotic films, including My People, My Country and My Country, My Parents. You get the drift.
Besides cementing his reputation as one of China’s biggest stars, Wu Jing was also dubbed China's "national hero" and became the face of many Chinese brands solely for that reason.
One such brand is Chinese tech company ZTE.
Pics of a delighted looking Wu Jing snapping photos of Andy Lau with an iPhone at the recent Golden Rooster Awards has gone viral on Weibo, with many netizens pitching in to share their two cents.
While some fans jokingly called him an “Andy Lau fanboy”, others didn’t take too well to the fact that he was using an iPhone.
Many wondered if the actor, who became the spokesperson of ZTE earlier this year, had broken his contract for using a competing brand, which originates from America, no less.
“Wu Jing phone” became a trending topic on Chinese sites, with netizens leaving comments such as “He makes his money from his brand of patriotism, so that certainly forbids him from using overseas products” and “He shouldn’t be using [the iPhone] in public if he is still under contract as spokesperson [for ZTE]".
Others netizens also discussed if he would be “fined” for his actions.
There were also some who expressed their disappointment by simply writing: “Turns out the Wolf Warrior isn’t patriotic after all.”
However, there were also a large handful of netizens who jumped to Wu Jing’s defense.
“Stars have money, which one of them doesn’t use an iPhone?” one reasoned.
Others also spoke up in support of the actor, saying he “could have been helping others to take the pic”, or that it was possible he “owns more than one phone”.
“The brand doesn’t have a problem with it, but these bored netizens still have so much to say,” read another comment.
This is not the first time the actor has drawn flak for not using a Chinese phone brand.
He was also on the receiving end of online hate from Chinese netizens last year when he was discovered to be making Weibo posts from an iPhone.
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