Saxophonist tweeted photo of himself at protest site
Saxophonist Kenny G has been forced to deny he is a political agent after being accused of meddling with foreign affairs by Chinese officials because he tweeted a photo of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.
“In Hong Kong at the sight [sic] of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation,” the artist had tweeted yesterday along with a photo of himself at the site making a peace sign with his hand.
But he took to the site today to declare he was not trying to defy the Chinese government. “I am not supporting the demonstrators as I don’t really know anything about the situation,” he wrote. “I only wanted to share my wish for peace for Hong Kong and for all of China.”
Thousands of student-led protesters have occupied the streets of Hong Kong this past month to call for greater democracy in the city. According to the AP, when asked about Kenny G’s appearance, Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, warned against foreigners getting involved in the situation. She said: “I think Kenny G’s music is popular in China, though regarding the illegal protest in Hong Kong, the Chinese government has a clear position. We think that is an illegal campaign.
“We support the government of Hong Kong to handle it in accordance with the law to maintain stability in Hong Kong. Thus we hope all foreign countries and individuals could be discreet in words and deeds and not support the illegal protest in any forms.”
Kenny G became popular in China after his ’80s hit ‘Going Home’ became the nation’s unofficial anthem to the end of the workday. It was played everywhere from schools to shopping centres and train stations to mark that it was “quitting time”. The song also accounts for four of the top 10 most popular videos on Youku, the Chinese equivalent of YouTube.