Despite his earlier controversial comments, Donnie Yen (甄子丹) presented at the 95th Academy Awards. On a night when Asian American actors made history at the Oscars, Donnie had the honor to introduce “This Is a Life” from Everyone Everywhere All at Once which was nominated for Best Song.
However, it was unknown until the last minute whether Donnie would indeed attend the Oscars due to his controversial comments during an interview with GQ Hype. He shared his thoughts on Hollywood and criticized the western media for only reporting on negative news about China. He mentioned the 2019 Hong Kong protests and stated, “It wasn’t a protest, okay, it was a riot. This is based on my personal experience as my friends and I were in Hong Kong at the time. I don’t want to talk about politics, and many people may not like what I have to say but this is based on my experiences.”
Donnie’s comments did not sit well with netizens. Appointed to the Chinese political advisory committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Donnie Yen (甄子丹) also attended the National Conference held in Beijing. On March 4, a petition was created on change.org titled, “Cancel Inviting an Actor Donnie Yen as a Presenter for the Oscars” and as of March 13, it already has over 108,000 signatures. Street protesters were seen carrying signs, “Say No to CCP Puppet.”
Despite this, Donnie ultimately attended the Oscars on Sunday night, following other big names such as Jackie Chan (成龍) and Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) as awards presenters. His new movie John Wick 4, which also stars Keanu Reeves, will premiere on March 24, 2023.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.