John Cena apologizes to China for calling Taiwan a rustic

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John Cena, the newest addition to the “Quick and Livid” movie household, apologized to China on Tuesday for referring to Taiwan as a rustic — implying it was unbiased of China — in a latest interview selling the worldwide launch of Common Studios’ “F9.”

“I need to say, that is very, very, very, very, very, essential, I really like and respect China and Chinese language folks,” the actor stated in Mandarin in a video posted on Chinese language social media website Weibo (and translated to English through Vice News producer Tony Lin). “I’m very very sorry for my mistake. You should perceive, I actually love and respect China and Chinese language folks.”

He added, “I did loads of interviews. In a single interview, I made a mistake.”

Cena’s obvious error? Whereas speaking final week to TV station TVBS, which is predicated in Taipei, he reportedly stated, “Taiwan is the primary nation that may watch” the brand new motion film.

In doing so, the 44-year-old stepped into fraught territory: Taiwan is a self-governed democratic island of 24 million; China has regarded it as a breakaway province for the reason that finish of the Chinese language civil conflict in 1949.

Gaffe or not, “F9″ opened Friday in China and took in $136 million over the weekend, in line with Deadline.

Enjoyable reality: The wrestler-turned-actor has studied Mandarin for years, initially so he may assist promote his sport abroad. Much less enjoyable: Common Studios, the movie’s distributor, reportedly canceled a deliberate media occasion in Shanghai final Tuesday, citing a nonspecific safety menace. It’s unclear whether or not the apology video was associated in any strategy to that cancellation.

Coincidentally, “F9″ — which additionally stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris and Charlize Theron — was directed by a Taiwanese American: Justin Lin, 49, grew up in Buena Park after immigrating to the U.S. from Taiwan when he was 8.

It’s Lin’s fourth directorial effort within the “Quick” franchise. “F9″ is slated to open June 25 in america.

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