Vocalist claims Lancome caved to '' bullying ' China

French high-end brand Lancome has actually been implicated of ditching an outspoken star from its advertising activities to please China. The cosmetics line, owned by L’Oreal (LRLCF), just recently canceled an advertising performance in Hong Kong featuring popular regional singer Denise Ho, who has actually spoken out on a variety of controversial political issues worrying China. The relocation triggered an angry reaction from the vocalist and Web users in Hong Kong. Lancome’s choice came one day after the Global Times, a Chinese state media outlet, berated the brand name for welcoming a singer who “supports Hong Kong independence and the ringleader of Tibet independence.” The Global Times also called out Listerine for utilizing Ho as a spokesperson. The news outlet made the comments in a post on Weibo, a microblogging service where it boasts 4.4 million followers. Beijing has a long history of aiming to stamp out anti-China beliefs, with news and info greatly managed in the nation. Foreign content is regularly blocked by federal government censors, a system called the “Fantastic Firewall.” Related: Phony in China: 488 million social media posts a year Ho has actually long been vocal about her political views, participating in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2014, and also meeting the Dalai Lama, the banished Tibetan spiritual leader. Such relocations are guaranteed to annoy the Chinese federal government. Lancome said it opted to cancel the Ho performance over “security reasons,” but didn’t elaborate even more. Ho later released a statement difficult Lancome to discuss its choice, stating that the cancellation “seriously misguided the public and endangered my personal credibility.” Related: Prohibited! 10 things you won’t discover in China “When a global brand like Lancome has to kneel down to a bullying hegemony, we need to face the problem seriously,” she said. Lancome’s Hong Kong Facebook page was deluged with thousands of comments on the matter. Some users threatened to boycott the brand. On Listerine’s Hong Kong site, meanwhile, Ho was still included in a prominent position. Listerine didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.– With reporting by Vivian Kam

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