Chinese-Canadian singer Henry, who has shown “pro-China behavior” several times in the meantime, has recently been appointed as an ambassador for school violence prevention at the Mapo Police Station in Seoul, causing controversy. On the bulletin board of the police station, citizens’ complaints about “withdraw the appointment” poured in, and the service was delayed because the website server was down.
On the 19th, in the ‘Let’s Praise’ section of the Mapo Police Station’s website communication plaza, more than 200 articles were posted in less than two days opposing Henry’s appointment as a public relations ambassador. Most of the articles criticize the Mapo Police Station, which appointed Henry as a public relations ambassador. Netizens criticized the appointment of a public relations ambassador, saying, “What is the reason for using a Chinese as an ambassador for Koreans?” and “Do not appoint anyone because they are popular, and do an investigation into what they have done recently.” However, some articles defending Henry were also posted.
Netizens’ criticism is that the Mapo Police Station’s decision is inappropriate amid deepening anti-Chinese sentiments due to biased judgments for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Rather than withdrawing Henry’s appointment right away, the Mapo Police Station is said to be monitoring the situation and preparing an internal response plan.
Singer Henry, who gained a lot of popularity by appearing in MBC’s representative entertainment program ‘I Live Alone’ and JTBC’s ‘Begin Again’, showed a close relationship one after another. Last year, he became controversial when he wore a mask with the words “Woah Aini (I love you) China” in the shape of the Chinese flag, the five-star red flag.
In addition, when he appeared as a judge of the Chinese dance entertainment program ‘Jeochi Poetry Season 4’, he was silenced about the introduction of “Chosun-Chinese traditional dance” about a Chinese who wore traditional Korean hanbok and performed against the background of the pansori ‘Heungboga’, but became controversial. was also engulfed. Henry uploaded a video of him playing the violin on Weibo in October of last year, and the title of the song was ‘Wow, I’m China’. Also, on the 1st of the same month, he posted a message congratulating the Chinese National Day.
Henry passed SM Entertainment audition in Canada in 2006 and debuted as Super Junior M in 2008. He was born to a Hong Kong-Chinese father and Taiwanese mother, although his nationality was known as Canadian. In the past, Henry has also sparked controversy by posting on his Weibo account supporting the ‘one China’ that represents China’s position. However, it is known that the account is not Henry himself, but a workroom account that acts as a Chinese agency.