Donnie Yen has responded to a petition that known as for his elimination as a presenter for the 2023 Academy Awards ceremony as a result of his help of the Chinese language Communist Get together (CCP).
Days earlier than the actor launched “This is a Life,” the “Everything Everywhere All at Once” tune nominated for finest unique tune, a Change.org petition calling for Yen’s removal as an Oscars presenter had accrued tens of 1000’s of signatures.
The petition got here after Yen maintained his help for the Chinese government and condemned the 2019 Hong Kong protesters in an interview final month for “John Wick: Chapter 4.”
“It wasn’t a protest, okay, it was a riot,” Yen advised GQ.
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Regardless of efforts to take away Yen from his position at this 12 months’s Oscars, the actor stood onstage on March 12 on the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to current the best original song award to “Naatu Naatu” from the Indian Telugu-language movie “RRR.”
On the eve of the Oscars, Yen praised “Every thing All over the place All at As soon as” actor Michelle Yeoh for her work, voicing help and hope for her eventual best actress win. He additionally addressed the petition.
“I’m allowed to like my very own tradition,” he advised Variety in an interview launched this week. “Love my very own nation. Why can’t I be patriotic? This complete on-line cyber-bullying/cancel tradition has acquired to cease. You may’t personal any individual’s ideas. And also you wish to silence them? It’s completely hypocrites.”
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Though the Oscars have handed, the petition remains to be lively and presently has over 114,000 signatures.
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