Once again, politics spells bad news for fans hoping to see their idols.
Recently, Japan’s island disputes with its neighbors South Korea and China have been making splashes in international news. As K-POP fans, we might be more familiar with the conflict over the Liancourt Rocks, known in Korean as Dokdo and in Japanese as Takeshima, with some prominent K-POP stars taking sides on the matter. Another side of Japan’s dispute is with China over the Senkaku Islands (Japanese) or Diaoyu Islands (Chinese). Some very well-known Chinese stars have also taken a stand over this issue.
For example, earlier this month, Chinese actress Li Bingbing, who starred in Resident Evil 5: Retribution cancelled her appearance in Japan. Chinese netizens have praised this move, calling it “patriotic.”
On September 13th, Chinese singer Sun Nan, who was supposed to perform at a concert in Tokyo at the end of the month celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations, has also cancelled his trip. A Japanese paper speculated that this move is also in response to the Japanese “buying Diaoyu Islands.” According to sponsors of the concert, they received a call on the 13th from Sun Nan’s staff canceling his appearance, citing personal reasons.
Sun Nan appeared in 2002 at the concert celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations, and last year performed at a charity concert for the Japanese earthquake. He also was doing promotional events in Japan earlier this month.
In an internet poll on the Chinese site Sohu, over 30000 people (89.4%) voted that they agreed with Chinese stars canceling their Japan trips, while only a little over 900 people (2.6%) said that politics and entertainment should not mix.
What do you think? Keeping in mind that this area of the world has seen terrible bloody wars that still draw up highly charged emotional responses, should any of these stars be taking a stand on this issue? Or should they be working to promote unity by making appearances and pleasing the fans who love them? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!