Taiwanese Star Fired from Chinese Movie for ‘Separatism’

The News Lens
Date: 2016/10/24
By: Mo Tz-pin

Another day, another Taiwanese artist barred from performing in China.

Photo Credit: Irene Chen (陳艾琳) Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Irene Chen (陳艾琳) Facebook Page

A Taiwanese actor has been removed from the cast of a Chinese movie after netizens in China uncovered Facebook posts showing the actor supporting political activism in Taiwan in 2014, and said they would refuse to watch the movie, Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency reports.

Irene Chen (陳艾琳) was cast by director Chen Lingsi (陳菱思) earlier this month for one of the lead roles in GF Vending Machine (女友販賣機). The film started production on Oct. 15.

The director announced via Weibo, however, that Chen was fired after shooting had started.

The director said the production company will never respect artists who support Taiwan’s independence. She added that the best way to solve the problem was to cancel the actor’s contract and not hire her, nor anyone else who supports “separatism,” in future.    [FULL  STORY]

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