Yiren, a member of the girl group Everglow, made a post supporting cotton produced in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. On the 25th, Yiren posted a hashtag on Weibo saying, “#SupportingXinjiangCotton.” She also attached an mage that supports Xinjiang cotton using the logo of brand H&M. In response, some netizens have captured Yiren’s corresponding writings and spread them to various online communities and SNS, voicing criticism.
This is because there has been a controversy that China is mobilizing hundreds of thousands of minorities, including Uyghurs, to harvest cotton. During a conversation with a Chinese fan at a video fan signing in November last year, Yiren was criticized for saying, “I’m very proud of being Chinese,” and “I want to talk in Chinese everywhere, but I’m relatively limited because I’m active in Korea.”
Starting with H&M on the 25th, global brads such as Nike, Adidas, and IKEA have expressed their position to “boycott” raw materials produced in Xinjiang, pointing to the Chinese government’s problem of exploitation of labor and humans rights suppression in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
When the news became public, celebrities in China are boycotting the brands and celebrities who used to serve as models for the brands. In the process, Victoria, a former member of F(X), and group GOT7 Jackson expressed their stance to terminate their contract with these brands, (Nike, Adidas, IKEA, etc) causing a stir.