Tens of thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the removal of Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen. As a presenter at the upcoming Oscars ceremony due to his support for the Chinese government.
The online petition, which has already gathered over 84,000 signatures. Calling for the removal of Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen as a presenter at the upcoming Oscars ceremony.
The petition was started by a group of people from Hong Kong, led by activist Tong Wai-hung. The group claims that Yen’s latest remarks regarding the 2019 protests in Hong Kong violate the spirit of freedom of speech.
Furthermore, they argue that his presence at the awards show would “damage the image and reputation of the film industry”. Yen is a globally recognized action star, best known for his role in the Ip Man movie series. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Whose voters determine who the Oscars go to, has not yet commented on the petition. Yen’s controversial interview, in which he referred to the Hong Kong protests as a riot, has caused significant backlash. In the interview, Yen also criticized Western media outlets such as the BBC and CNN for only focusing on “negative stories” about China.
Yen, a globally recognised action star best known for the Ip Man movie series. Named as a presenter for the 95th Academy Awards last Thursday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not yet commented on the petition.
Who started the petition to remove Donnie Yen from Oscars presenting duties?
A group of people from Hong Kong” started an online petition to remove Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen as a presenter at the upcoming Oscars ceremony over his support for the Chinese government. Hong Kong activist Tong Wai-hung set up the petition, which has gathered over 84,000 signatures.