Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) revealed that he is renouncing his Canadian citizenship during an interview on CCTV program Lan Yu Reception Room <藍羽會客室>. With “Operation Qing Lang” in full force, Chinese celebrities with foreign citizenships are rumored to be the next targets as their patriotism is questioned.
In response to skepticisms on his loyalty, Nicholas expressed, “I was born in Hong Kong, so I am originally a Chinese person…. In fact, I have already sent in my renunciation papers.”
Nicohlas’ manager, Mani Fok (霍汶希), shared that she only knew of the matter on the day of the interview and understood it has been settled.
As reporters reached out to his father, Patrick Tse (謝賢), on his thoughts over Nicholas’ decision, he commented, “Whatever he does is his decision, but as his father, I’ll support him.”
According to previous reports, Patrick once revealed during a show that he immigrated with his family to Canada in 1987 in hopes to change the environment for his children, as he was concerned that they would grow up spoiled due to their fame in Hong Kong.
With blacklisting measures against problematic celebrities and fandoms becoming highly enforced, increasing nationalism on the Internet is more pronounced than ever. As celebrities with foreign nationalities are being called out, their actions are also closely monitored by authorities. Nicholas likely believes it would be a safer option to show his faithfulness to China, before the next wave of cancellation takes place.
Source: World Journal
This article is written by Minna for Jaynestars.com.