Hong Kong: Lancôme cancels event with pro-democracy singer amid criticism by Chinese state media

'Lancôme, the global cosmetic brand owned by L’Oreal, canceled a Hong Kong event with a pro-democracy singer, after a Chinese state newspaper complained online and Chinese citizens threatened to boycott. The company is now facing a boycott in Hong Kong…Lancôme abruptly decided to cancel a musical performance by Denise Ho…citing “safety reasons.”...'

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5 June 2016

Lancôme is self-censoring outside mainland China to keep Beijing happy

Author: Vivienne Chow, QZ

Lancôme, the global cosmetic brand owned by L’Oreal, canceled a Hong Kong event with a pro-democracy singer, after a Chinese state newspaper complained online and Chinese citizens threatened to boycott. The company is now facing a boycott in Hong Kong…Lancôme abruptly decided to cancel a musical performance by Denise Ho…citing “safety reasons.” Ho is one of a handful of outspoken Hong Kong celebrities who openly supports democracy—and was the first to be arrested during the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests…the singer demanded an explanation from Lancôme’s head office…

The trouble started when the state-backed Chinese tabloid Global Times asked its followers on Sina Weibo about their “views” on mouthwash brand Listerine and Lancôme hiring “Hong Kong poison” Ho…as a spokesperson. Nearly 3,000 people commented and retweeted it…Weibo users called for a boycott of not only Lancôme but all other brands under L’Oreal...

On Sunday afternoon, Lancôme’s Hong Kong office released a statement saying Ho was not a spokesperson for the brand and “apologized” for any inconvenience caused...it followed up with another saying it was canceling...event with Ho altogether…As of Monday morning, nearly 25,000 Hong Kong supporters had posted “angry” emoticons on Lancome’s Facebook page…

Meanwhile, Listerine has yet to respond to the Global Times post and continues to use Ho in its Facebook cover photo. Many netizens in Hong Kong have vowed to include Listerine mouthwash in their daily dental cleansing routine.

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Author: 南华早报

香港歌手何韵诗被内地媒体《环球时报》指其支持港独藏独,并称在内地热销的品牌Lancôme和李施德林与其合作,并问网友怎么看?稍后,Lancôme声明,取消与何韵诗的合作演唱会活动。

…何韵诗发出声明,表示对于Lancôme取消活动极度遗憾,指Lancôme严重误导大众及影响她声誉…自由、公义、平等,一直是香港人所追求的,而假如现在我们因为这些坚持而要受到莫名奇妙的惩罚,那么…整个世界价值观的严重扭曲。 Lancôme是国际品牌,当国际品牌也要屈膝于这种霸凌之下,我们不得不严肃正视问题…以我所理解,这是总公司所下的决定,故此本人在此正式要求Lancôme法国总公司公开交代原因…

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Author: 南華早報

香港歌手何韻詩被內地媒體《環球時報》指其支持港獨藏獨,並稱在內地熱銷的品牌Lancôme和李施德林與其合作,並問網友怎麼看?稍後,Lancôme聲明,取消與何韻詩的合作演唱會活動。

…何韻詩發出聲明,表示對於Lancôme取消活動極度遺憾,指Lancôme嚴重誤導大眾及影響她聲譽…自由、公義、平等,一直是香港人所追求的,而假如現在我們因為這些堅持而要受到莫名奇妙的懲罰,那麼…整個世界價值觀的嚴重扭曲。 Lancôme是國際品牌,當國際品牌也要屈膝於這種霸凌之下,我們不得不嚴肅正視問題…以我所理解,這是總公司所下的決定,故此本人在此正式要求Lancôme法國總公司公開交代原因…

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