Fans can definitely make or break a celebrity’s career, and nothing is worse than fans who turned against their idols, and Kiko Mizuhara seems to have learnt that the hard way.
Known for her devil-may-care attitude, Japanese model-actress might be a constant magnet for controversy, but her reputation in China has taken a hit after a few contentious photos and rumours made its rounds on social media. With a Chinese movie slated for release soon, Kiko took it to Weibo to issue an apology to China, after news of the public planning to boycott the movie circulated online.
In the video, she addressed a few issues that had sparked public dissent towards her. In one instance, she had liked a photo of someone flipping the bird in front of Chinese symbol Tiananmen, which caused an outrage among the Chinese public.
She clarified that the person who posted the photo was her friend whom she introduced to Instagram. She said, “I was supporting his posts by giving him ‘likes’, but regrettably found out that he had posted an extremely inappropriate picture. I deleted my ‘like’ within an hour and my friend also deleted the picture after releasing that he was wrong.”
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She also addressed a photo that has been circulating online, one of her allegedly visiting Yasukini Shrine. In her apology video, she claimed that the woman in the photo is not her and urged everyone not to misjudge her. She used a Chinese idiom to describe the situation, “Cuo ba feng jing dang ma liang”, which when loosely translated means to not mistake the real deal for something that’s of a mistaken identity.
She also denied being in a photo where she was allegedly posing in front of a rising sun flag. “I am a supporter of peace,” she said.
She ended the video by apologising in Mandarin and bowing to the audience – a common gesture by the Japanese when they’re issuing a formal apology.
Watch the full video below.
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