BY DIVYA TAERY1 DAY, 16 HOURS
The widely adored comedian Nigel Ng, also known as Uncle Roger, has recently apologized to his Chinese fans and deleted a video of him with YouTube star, Mike Chen (strictlydumpling) who criticized China.
The two YouTube users collaborated on a video recently, but Ng promptly removed the video after receiving backlash from China’s Twitter, Weibo.
Chen has never been shy about voicing his opinions on the Chinese administration.
His criticism ranges from China’s treatment of the Uiyghurs to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) overall governance.
So, what happened?
So, what happened?
The lowdown is that Chen and Ng collaborated in a YouTube video together on Ng’s channel.
When Ng’s Chinese following caught whiff of this, they called him out on it. He deleted the video and issued an apology shortly after.
In his apology, Ng said that “considering the seriousness of this issue and negative impact of the video itself, we discussed internally and decided to take it down.”
“I wasn’t aware of his (Chen’s) political thoughts and his past incorrect remarks about China. This is my negligence.”
However, the apology didn’t go quite as planned. The rest of the internet had more to say.
Twitter accused Uncle Roger of pandering to China, stating that since he’s Malaysian, he has no business pledging his allegiance to the Chinese government.
And, there’s also talk in place to ‘cancel’ him for bowing down to the CCP.
Mainly, fans are upset at him selling out to appeal to a larger Chinese audience. Many even got the #UnsubscribeUncleRoger trending. Fair enough.
Uncle Roger is caught between his 3 million subscribers outside China and his 350,000 subscribers in China the Dragon: Damned if you delete and apologise; damned if you don’t.
By AFP – January 13, 2021 @ 4:58pm
HONG KONG: A UK-based comedian has sparked a censorship row after he apologised to Chinese fans and removed a video featuring a fellow YouTube star who had been critical of Beijing.
Malaysian-born stand-up Nigel Ng has become a viral sensation in recent months with his character “Uncle Roger”, an alter-ego based on a disapproving middle-aged man who critiques bad attempts at making Asian cuisine.
His video of a horrified Uncle Roger watching a BBC presenter butcher fried rice has racked up more than 20 million views on his YouTube channel. The video was also widely ripped and shared inside China.
But Ng now finds himself at the centre of a storm over digital content creators bowing to Chinese censorship — even on platforms that cannot be accessed inside the authoritarian mainland.
The comedian’s presence in China is relatively small: his account on the Twitter-like Weibo platform has just 125,000 followers compared to the three million subscribers on YouTube, a website that is blocked by China’s censors.
On Tuesday Ng posted a message on Weibo announcing he had deleted a video which featured Mike Chen, a popular American food blogger and YouTuber.
“During the cooperation between me and the YouTuber, I wasn’t aware of his political thoughts and the incorrect remarks he had made on China,” Ng wrote, adding the video featuring Chen had created “negative social impact”.
During the video — copies of which were still available online — Ng and Chen review another food presenter’s attempts to make dumplings. There is no discussion of politics.
But Chen is frequently critical of Beijing on own social media platforms, writing posts about human rights abuses in Hong Kong and against China’s Uighur Muslim minority.
He also highlights Beijing’s pursuit of the Falun Gong, a religious sect that has been banned by mainland authorities.
Ng did not respond to requests for comment.
But Chen decried the decision to delete the video and said it illustrated China’s growing sway over artists beyond its borders.
“I do think that what happened here is the result of the Chinese Communist Party’s censorship, even if it wasn’t direct censorship,” he said.
“(China) uses many tactics to silence those who disagree with them or challenge them. They will use online mobs to bully or intimidate people. They will use their soft power to get people to self-censor because they are afraid of losing business in China or offending Chinese people,” he added.
Badiucao, a dissident Chinese artist based in Australia, posted a cartoon showing the character Uncle Roger in front of a Chinese flag.
“The Chinese government makes it clear to all creators outside of China that the only way to have a share in its market inside wall is obedience,” Badiucao told AFP, accusing NG of “self-censoring for renminbi from the Chinese market.”
The renminbi is China’s official currency. — AFP
‘Uncle Roger’ apologises and deletes video featuring fellow YouTube star who criticised China
TOM GRUNDY00:55, 13 JANUARY 2021
The comedian behind “Uncle Roger” has apologised to Chinese fans and deleted a video featuring a fellow YouTube star who has voiced criticism of Beijing.
Nigel Ng, the UK-based Malaysian comedian behind the comedic persona posted a collaboration with Mike Chen of the “Strictly Dumpling” channel on Monday critiquing a dumpling recipe video.
But Ng had removed the clip by Tuesday and posted an apology to China’s Twitter-like Weibo, saying the video had created a “bad social impact” after multiple users reported it.
“My staff and I would like to express our sincerest apologies to everyone. Considering the seriousness of this issue and negative impact of the video itself, we discussed internally and decided to take it down… I wasn’t aware of his political thoughts and his past incorrect remarks about China. This is my negligence…” he wrote.
Ng added that he loved Chinese culture as he appealed for a “chance to improve.”
Chen has often criticised Beijing on Twitter, voicing concern over the treatment of Uighur minorities as well as opposition to the controversial Hong Kong national security law.
In a tweet from 2019, he said that “since the communist party took over, it has caused the deaths of at least 40 million people (probably much more) during the great famine.”
Ng’s move attracted criticism on Twitter. One user wrote that the comedian was “disgracefully sacrificing his basic morality to pander to his China fans.”
However, another tweeted that she was bewildered over how “all these mainland Chinese voices keep storming platforms ostensibly banned in mainland China demanding that creators on them do or say specific pro-China things.”
Copies of the deleted clip remained live on Facebook and in YouTube “reaction” videos as of Tuesday evening.
HKFP has reached out to Ng and Chen for comment.