Malaysian singer Namewee says he is not anti-China


Viral hit 'Fragile', which has almost 18 million views on YouTube, was removed from streaming sites in China. Photo: YouTube

Malaysian singer Namewee, who has faced a backlash in China for his song Fragile, has stated that he is not anti-China.

The satirical duet with Australian singer Kimberley Chen, 27, was written by Namewee, 38, and contained stabs at Chinese leader Xi Jinping and touched on sensitive topics such as censorship, Covid-19 and the Uighurs.

Although there is no mention of China in the lyrics, the music video has a panda cavorting in the background and the pink-themed setting is seen as a dig at nationalistic Chinese netizens known as Little Pinks.

Namewee and Chen, who are both based in Taiwan, were blocked on Weibo. The viral hit, which has almost 18 million views on YouTube, was removed from streaming sites in China.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday (Oct 26), which he also shared on Facebook, he addressed talk that he was pro-independence for Taiwan and Hong Kong.

"I have never made such remarks. If you don't believe me, you can try looking for it. For this kind of question, you should ask the Taiwanese and Hong Kong people what they think.

"My nationality is Malaysian and I am not qualified to speak on behalf of the Taiwanese and Hong Kong people. But I will definitely stand with democracy and freedom."

He also touched on accusations that he has insulted Chinese people, writing: "I am Chinese, so am I insulting myself?"

"I have studied Chinese since I was young and love Chinese culture," he said, adding that he had backpacked in China extensively in the past and was really happy when Beijing hosted the Olympics in 2008.

He also said he has many Chinese friends in the entertainment industry whom he respected.

"In short, I have no hatred for the Chinese. I did not go to China to develop my career because of the censorship and restrictions there and I worry they will affect my creativity and my work."

Namewee was previously banned on Weibo in August for sharing a post on eight recommendations for the Taliban to strengthen its rule, all of which mirrored China's policies. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Namewee , China , Fragile


Next In Entertainment

HK actor Joe Ma, 54, looks younger than son, 24, say netizens
Malaysian singer Nora Ariffin defends concept of polygamy
Michael J. Fox shares struggle with alcohol after Parkinson’s diagnosis in new doc ‘Still’
Zoe Saldana is first actor to star in 4 films that broke US$2bil at box office
Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann details first meeting with Michelle Yeoh on set of US series
Kanye West could be denied entry into Australia: minister
Henry Golding, Angelina Jolie, Donnie Yen: 10 celebrities born in the Year of the Rabbit
Mea culpa, says motorbike-injured actress
Puteri Sarah unable to answer 6YO son who asked if 'ayah' Syamsul Yusof married another woman
Hong Kong singer Andy Lau says he drinks more than 20 cups of coffee a day

Others Also Read