As reported on ECNS, China’s streaming site Youku Tudou announced last week that a ‘force majeure’ has caused the postponement of a meet-and-greet event with “Uncontrollably Fond” stars Kim Woo-bin and Bae Suzy, which was originally scheduled to be held on 6 August.
Despite China denying rumours that its Censorship Board is banning Korean stars and shows from entering mainland due to South Korea’s decision to deploy THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), rumours continue to swirl when it was reported that several events involving Korean stars have already been delayed or cancelled.
It was also rumoured that there is a possibility that EXO’s Shanghai concert may be cancelled, while South Korean drama, “W”, may be in danger of not passing the censorship.
Coincidentally, producers of the movie “Never Said Goodbye”, which stars Chinese actress Zhou Dongyu and Korean actor Lee Joon-ki, have also revealed that the Korean actor couldn’t attend the premiere in mainland China due to visa problem.
Earlier, it was reported that not only did the State Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) are banning Korean shows due to THAAD, a small majority of Chinese netizens have also supported the move, following the release of a Korean commercial that they deemed to be insulting towards Chinese people.
In it, Korean actor Park Bo-gum can be seen winning a chess game against a chubby Chinese man wearing a gold necklace, named Wanli Changcheng, or “Great Wall of China”.