Despite his massive online popularity, a London-based Malaysian YouTuber has come under fire after stating an apology for having hosted a Chinese guest who is known for his deep opposition of the Chinese government.
‘Uncle Roger’ apologises and deletes video featuring fellow YouTube star who criticised China https://t.co/1uDBUeze0P @MrNigelNg @mikexingchen #uncleroger pic.twitter.com/eYzmRdJZNS— Hong Kong Free Press HKFP (@hkfp) January 12, 2021
A recent video collaboration between Nigel Ng, also known as Uncle Roger, and the Chinese YouTube star, Mike Chen has ignited an online debate, especially after Uncle Roger removed the video off his platforms and apologized to his Chinese fan-base.
I don’t know him before BBC fried rice.— Chinchilla???? Шиншилла (@Iceholiccream) January 13, 2021
When can the celebrities stop helping the censorship of #CCP?
Why we need to feel sorry for talking about the real history?
Even though Nigel Ng's statement doesn't address the comments which directly stirred the controversy, he explained that he and his team decided to take the video down to show respect for the Chinese people. Uncle Roger's statement concluded that "he wasn't aware of his guests' political thoughts and his past incorrect remarks about China."
Uncle Roger is apologising for working with a YouTuber who criticised the #CCP’s #TiananmenSquareMassacre— James Lee Proudfoot (@PhilosophyNook) January 12, 2021
And said he was “not aware of his... incorrect speeches about China”
He is disgracefully sacrificing his basic morality to pander to his China fans#UnsubscribeUncleRoger https://t.co/pMUmruircG pic.twitter.com/w1CuRtVXHg
Shame on @MrNigelNg #UncleRoger now forgets that the foundation of comedy, freedom of speech.— Lily (@LMCHKer) January 12, 2021
However, many tweets have called on viewers to unsubscribe from Uncle Roger's social media channels, saying that he is pushing the Chinese government's agenda, noting that his guest Mike Chen has been known for his anti-government views and harsh criticism of the Chinese authorities.
From his side, Chen tweeted his thanks to his followers and supporters, saying that Nigel Ng's apology is a result of the CCP's decades-long policies of silencing people to avoid critique.
They will use online mobs to bully or intimidate people. They will use their soft power to get people to self-censor because they are afraid of losing business in China or offending Chinese people. And I think that’s what happened here.— Mike Chen ?? (@mikexingchen) January 14, 2021
And even now, they’re forcing millions of Uyghurs into labor camps, persecuting Tibetans, Mongolians, Christians, and Falun Gong, and locking up pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.— Mike Chen ?? (@mikexingchen) January 14, 2021
Mike Chen highlighted once again his firm opposition against Chinese policies, stressing that there are "different forms of violence and discrimination against minorities," naming the Uyghurs, the Tibetans and other religious and ethnic groups.