Some days reality produces more than fiction could ever hope to.
Former professional wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, who is appearing in “F9,” apologized on Tuesday to his Chinese audience for referring to Taiwan as a country — saying, “I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I apologize, I’m very sorry.”
In an interview with a Taiwanese broadcaster to promote the new “Fast and Furious” film earlier this month, Cena, speaking Mandarin, said: “Taiwan is the first country that can watch ‘F9,’” sparking a firestorm of criticism in one of Hollywood’s largest international markets.
“Hi China, I’m John Cena. I’m in the middle of ‘Fast and Furious 9’ promotions. I’m doing a lot of interviews. I made a mistake in one of my interviews,” he said.
“I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, very important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I apologize, I’m very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you,” he said.
Of course, that was not enough for the Chinese reading Cena’s words.
“I still didn’t say that Taiwan is China. Is it so difficult?” one user wrote under his post.
“Actually, it’s better to post a video and directly say that Taiwan is a part of China. What’s the point of apologizing?” posted another user.
“Please say ‘Taiwan is part of China’ in Chinese, otherwise we will not accept,” demanded another commenter.
Almost as if the demands were coming from state-run media.
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