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.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.