#Trending! #ZhangZhehan under fire for old social media posts. Photos taken at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, in particular, have drawn the ire of C-netz. Multiple brands have already severed ties with the actor, who has issued a statement apologizing for his ignorance. pic.twitter.com/xVdMLoppzj— Trending Weibo (@TrendingWeibo) August 13, 2021
The controversy started when netizens found pictures of Zhang Zhehan attending a friend's wedding at Nogi Shrine in Japan (a controversial location because it's dedicated to a Japanese general of the Imperial Army) and posing with Dewi Sukarno (she defended some Japanese hotel chain that supplied books denying the Nanjing Massacre happened).
[trending] #ZhangZhehan’s friend apologizes for misunderstandings as ZZH is under blast for past pics taken at the friend’s wedding at Nogi Shrine in Japan (some military from the 2nd Sino-Japanese War are honored there) & for a pic with the politically controversial Dewi Sukarno pic.twitter.com/ahrmUAxFx6— c-drama tweets (@dramapotatoes) August 13, 2021
Netizens then also dug up pictures of the actor visiting Yasukuni Shrine (there are 1,068 war criminals enshrined there, 14 of whom are convicted Class A war criminals).
#ZhangZhehan is also under fire as Cnetz dig up old pics, alleging he visited the Yasukuni shrine as a tourist destination on a trip to Japan https://t.co/4qyQC9vveAhttps://t.co/Rf2YY4jMsd— c-drama tweets (@dramapotatoes) August 13, 2021
JBL’s official Weibo (under Harman) has deleted all posts of spokesperson Zhang Zhehan https://t.co/2lIza7JOgj pic.twitter.com/a3olM0pfJL
Zhang Zhehan posted an apology admitting to his ignorance but it didn't quell down the controversy. The brands he used to endorse have started dropping him one by one, the China Association of Performing Arts is calling for a boycott and his accounts have also disappeared from Chinese social media.
#ZhangZhehan's personal and studio accounts have been temporarily banned on Weibo after photos surfaced of the actor visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. Per regulations, China Association of Performing Arts is now requiring its members to boycott the actor. pic.twitter.com/KzRj0UCoXR— Trending Weibo (@TrendingWeibo) August 15, 2021
There is a reddit post with a more detailed timeline, but since the OP didn't source everything they mentioned in order for me to repost it I am merely linking to it HERE if anyone wants to read it.
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