SOONG DISTANCED:The presidential candidate’s spokesperson said the ad was made by supporters and that the party does not endorse the values aired
Date: Sep 28, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
People First Party (PFP) presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) has become embroiled in controversy once again after a two-minute televised commercial aired during the 50th Golden Bell Awards ceremony on Saturday.
Produced by a pro-Soong organization titled the “Spring Breeze Youth Policy Think Tank,” the commercial featured video clips of Soong visiting people affected by natural catastrophes during his term as Taiwan provincial governor from 1994 to 1998, joining political events and interacting with his late wife, Chen Wan-shui (陳萬水).
A slogan appeared a few seconds before the advertisement ended, reading: “[Only those who are] faithful to their wives and faithful to their children will be faithful to their country.”
The commercial quickly drew criticism online.
Some netizens said the commercial’s underlying concept equated single people to disloyal residents, while others said Soong must have been unfaithful to his country before he got married and had children. [FULL STORY]