Chinese nationals furious at Keanu Reeves over Tibet stance

Chinese nationals furious at Keanu Reeves over Tibet stance

Chinese nationalists are threatening to boycott the recently released science-fiction blockbuster `The Matrix: Resurrection’ after news of its star Keanu Reeves attending the Tibet House US benefit concert in March in mainland China on social media. is spread. Reaction from angry Chinese patriots known as “Little Pinks”, the term for an informal army of young nationalists who often make “wolf warrior” style of pro-Beijing, anti-foreigner comments, dented the box office run of the fourth. May end the installment of ‘The Matrix’ series, reports

Its performance has already been mediocre and will likely be sidelined from Tuesday next week when eight major Chinese titles open in time for the Lunar New Year holidays. Figures from Endata show that the film has grossed $12.3 million after its 14-day release. The film also received lowball fan support. It received a rating of 5.7 out of 10 on the movie website Douban, which counted approximately 75,000 points. It earned a slightly higher 6.1 out of 10 on the other site, Mtime.

“How can Keanu Reeves not understand this and attend a pro-Tibetan independence concert? Aren’t these celebrities afraid of losing the Chinese market?” CHINAD8, an account known for its radical pro-China stance on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, was posted on Jan. 21. Variety reached out to Reeves’ representatives but did not hear back by press time. One wrote, “The movie (‘The Matrix: Resurrection’) can now be shelved.” “Get out of the Chinese market, thanks,” wrote another.

The posts came after reports of Reeves joining artists like Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Trey Anastasio and Jason Isbell to perform at the Virtual Benefit concert on March 3. Musician Philip Glass, who is celebrating his 85th birthday, is the event’s artistic director. It will be streamed through Mandolin and proceeds will go to Tibet House US.

Tibet House US is considered a pro-Tibetan independence organization by Chinese officials, which recognizes that the region with a complex historical background is an integral part of China. In the Chinese Communist Party-ruled country pro-Tibetan independence, Hollywood stars who previously showed support or affiliation for any person or organization seen as a taboo, could be banned from the Middle Kingdom.

Past cases have included Richard Gere, who lost film deals due to his firm stance on Tibet and close ties with the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, and “Seven Years in Tibet” with Brad Pitt and Selena. Is. Gomez to take a picture with the Dalai Lama. The post went viral just a week after the theatrical release of ‘The Matrix: Resurrection’ on January 14.

Several Chinese netizens commented saying that they were “shocked” by the news and would stop being fans of the popular Hollywood star, who rose to fame among Chinese-speaking communities with his 1994 action drama hit ‘Speed’. Some people previously identified with the star because of his Asian roots. Another user wrote on Weibo, “These high school graduates in Hollywood can’t even recognize where Tibet is on the map, but they care whether the people there are living the good life.”

There was no shortage of personal attacks on Reeves. “That’s already done. What kind of market value does he have?” A user asked a question. “Tibet belongs to China,” insisted another account. Founded in 1987 in New York City, Tibet House is a cultural and educational non-profit founded by supporters of the US Dalai Lama, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. However, the Dalai Lama has long been accused by the Chinese authorities. To promote Tibetan independence.

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