After H&M and Nike, Chinese stars turned

At least 3 famous characters in the Chinese Showbiz on March 27 “turn their backs” on Hugo Boss, turning the German fashion house into the latest “foreign” brand that Chinese consumers simultaneously boycotted.

Hugo Boss store corner in Beijing, China on March 27. Photo: Reuters

The source of a wave of “foreign” branded boycotts recently rose in China after many Western countries accused the issue of forced labor in the Xinjiang autonomous region.

Among the Chinese stars who have terminated their contract with Hugo Boss this time are famous actor Ly Dich Phong. Li Yicheng announced through a representative on his Weibo personal page that he will only cooperate with brands that give special support and purchase cotton material from the Xinjiang area.

Campaigners and UN experts accused China of mass detention, torture, forced labor, and sterilization of Uighurs in Xinjiang. Meanwhile, China denies the allegations and argues that its actions in Xinjiang are necessary to combat extremism.

In an article posted on the Weibo social network, Hugo Boss on March 25 said they would “continue to buy and support raw cotton from Xinjiang”. But a day later, the German fashion house “changed its voice” and explained that the article was not allowed to be published and has been deleted.

In an email to Reuters on March 26, Carolin Westermann – spokesperson for fashion brand Hugo Boss – said, in English does not specify the date on the website of Hugo Boss that “so far, this company not buying any goods originating in Xinjiang from direct suppliers “is their official opinion.

A day later, Hugo Boss’s Weibo account on March 27 posted a new statement that the German fashion house treasures all long-term relationships with its partners in China.

Chinese netizens criticized Hugo Boss for “slapping” his own stance, at the same time saying the fashion brand was a “double-sided”. Several Chinese consumers have sworn to boycott the Huge Boss brand forever. “A double-faced is the most disgusting. I’ll boycott you forever,” said a Weibo social media account that suggested Hugo Boss.

Nike-owned brands, including: New Balance, Under Armor, Tommy Hilfiger, and Converse, are also on the list of businesses boycotted in China because they have announced they will not use cotton produced in China. Xinjiang due to concerns about forced labor.

Previously, many Chinese artists stopped cooperating with H&M in the midst of a wave of boycott of this fashion brand. Actor Hoang Hien’s office said it had terminated cooperation with H&M. At the same time, the actor strongly opposes H&M’s “slander and spread of rumors” about the labor issue in Xinjiang or “any attempt to affect the reputation of the country”. And female star Tong Thien hurriedly turned his back on H&M and affirmed “national interest comes first”.

The US on March 26 condemned what it called a “state-led” social media campaign in China to deal with American businesses and other foreign businesses that decided not to use cotton. from Xinjiang due to the problem of forced labor. The United States and many other Western countries have imposed sanctions on Chinese officials on allegations of human rights violations in Xinjiang, which the US considers to be the culprit of genocide.

On the same day on March 26, Reuters reported that China had imposed sanctions on nine UK citizens, including former Conservative leader George Iain Duncan Smith, accusing these individuals of having disseminate “lies and false information” about human rights violations in Xinjiang.

Relations between China and the West are deteriorating rapidly, especially after Beijing responded to sanctions from the US, the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, and Canada. In addition to nine individuals, Beijing also sanctioned four organizations in the UK, including the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, on charges that they “spread false information and maliciously misrepresentation.” “.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China said that sanctioned individuals and their relatives are prohibited from entering Chinese territory, and affirmed that citizens and organizations in China will be banned from doing business. with these objects.

The UK has condemned the move by China as an attempt to curb criticism. On Twitter, Prime Minister Johnson said that those punished by China “are playing an important role in unraveling the serious human rights violations committed against the Uighurs”.