Ali Lee’s Political Views Attacked by Angry Mainland Chinese Netizens

Despite many celebrities choosing to remain silent on the current political crisis in Hong Kong, Ali Lee (李佳芯) voiced her pro-democracy views by encouraging local citizens to uphold their civic responsibilities and register as official voters.

Amid the rising tensions between Hong Kong and China, Ali’s words were met with much criticism by Mainland Chinese netizens online. They demanded her to be stop being the spokesperson for Chinese online payment platform AliPay in Hong Kong and suggested actor Oscar Leung (梁競徽) as her replacement instead.

In response to the hostility, Ali felt heartbroken and clarified on her Instagram that she did not post any pro-Hong Kong content and only hopes that Hong Kong can find social peace.

Posting a photo of a cloudy blue sky, she said, “Feeling spiritually and physically tired during these days of consecutive overnight filming. Every time I see disturbing conflicts happening, I honestly feel so heartbroken. I’m personally not good at words, but after seeing many untruthful news, I want to stop the commotion so I’ll make a clarification. Any pro-Hong Kong accusations, in fact these actual two words, have never popped up in my head or heart. There’s never been any, and definitely isn’t any now. I don’t want to see any misunderstanding and further conflicts. I only want to see a peaceful, worry-free and supportive Hong Kong.”

The actress continued her emotional post, “Hope human-to-human interaction can have a bit more love and less conflict. I’ve also got to thank my fans for supporting me all this time and the people who are concerned about me. I am moved that everyone is so worried about me, as it has made me feel very loved. As an artiste, I hope that those who cherish me will not face further stress. I will continue working hard in my career.”

After experiencing the vicious attacks online, Ali said she will post less content on Weibo but will still continue to stay active on her other social media accounts.

Source:  hket

This article is written by Minna for


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  1. She should’ve just kept her mouth shut like the rest of her peers because anything you say in this poltiical climiate can be misconstrued.

    I’ve always thought that public figures should have their manager and even a 3rd person to analyze their posts before submitting them public to avoid situations such as this.

    1. @jjwong
      Because there is no democracy in China, it’s more like a dictatorship. Currently you can “vote” in HK, but only choose amongst CCP pre approved candidates, so not a true democracy. Ie there is no actual point in voting, since it won’t make a difference, every candidate is just a mouthpiece for China. Telling people to vote suggests she supports democratic appointment of candidates, not what CCP wants.

  2. Her encouraging Hong Kong citizens to register to vote is not the same as her advocating for Hong Kong’s independence… it’s like if I encourage people to register to vote for the presidency next year in the US, it’s not the same as me advocating for an actual candidate. Completely different things.

    Mainland netizens misconstrued the meaning of her words even though, in my opinion, her words gave no implication of supporting Hong Kong’s independence.

    1. @tvbrama
      She is not supporting HK’s independence, but there is implied support of true democracy and Hk’s bid for it, which CCP is trying to squash as we speak.

  3. this is getting ridiculous!. Getting to the point where anything anyone says or do will be condemned. Have we gone backwards a few centuries overnight?

    1. @jimmyszeto Not us. It’s China. Despite their economic wealth status, their people haven’t really evolve beyond critical thinking.

      1. @rika In all fairness, it isn’t just China that is evolving backwards. Even here in the US, there has been a resurgence of white nationalist/supremacist thoughts over the last several years (especially with the latest presidency).

        Not quite the same issue, but a regression, nonetheless.

  4. @jimmyszeto I feel US is the same way, regressed a few decades back on some legal laws and society by-laws. In this case however, I don’t feel China regressed because they’re not really “progressed” to begin with. Censorship is the norm, must love thy government, and what officials say is the law are the ways.

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