A major Chinese video platform has reportedly removed all videos related to JYP Entertainment girl group TWICE following the controversy over member Tzuyu’s Taiwanese nationality. JYPE has also suspended the group’s activities in China in light of the issue.
On January 14, a representative of the platform said, “We plan to suspend all videos in which TWICE appears for the time being.” They also added that any new videos related to TWICE would also be suspended.
The representative also went on to explain that the new policy is related to the controversy surrounding the nationality of TWICE’s Taiwanese member Tzuyu. “Right now, the company is in a position where it cannot ignore what the public and the government is saying,” they said. TWICE’s agency, JYPE, and their other promotions in China have also been put under scrutiny.
The issue concerns TWICE’s appearance on “My Little Television.” Chinese netizens took snapshots of Tzuyu waving a Taiwanese flag and introducing herself as Taiwanese and have labeled her as a supporter of Taiwanese independence. On January 13, JYP wrote on their official Weibo account, “We have never made political comments or actions.”