Karu F. Daniels
New York Daily News
John Cena stands corrected.
The former professional wrestler turned movie star knows how to make an apology meaningful.
He issued an apology to the Chinese government after referring to Taiwan as a country.
In fluent Mandarin, Cena – who currently stars in the international blockbuster “Fast and the Furious 9” – explained the mea culpa in a video apology.
“I did many, many interviews for ‘Fast & Furious 9,’ and I made a mistake during one interview,” the hunky actor said. “The F9 crew gave me a lot of information.”
In the eyes of the Chinese government, Taiwan is a part of its territory.
On a local TV broadcast earlier this month, Cena referred to Taiwan as being “the first country to watch the film.”
His comment sparked outrage on Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo, which is tightly regulated by the country’s government.
The 44-year-old Springfield College alum added, “I have to say this right now…which is very, very, very important, that I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry for my mistake. I apologize.”
The apology received more than 5,000 comments on the social media platform, according to the South China Morning Press. Generating more than 3,200 likes, one particular comment said: “Please say in Chinese that Taiwan is part of China. Otherwise, we won’t accept it.”
Since its May 21 international release, “F9” has become the first post-pandemic blockbuster – earning nearly $150 million in the Chinese market alone.
The blockbuster Vin Diesel-fronted action franchise has earned well over a billion dollars in China alone.
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