Stephy Tang Who Returns in “The Last Cook” Removed from Promos After Facing Backlash

Stephy Tang Who Returns in "The Last Cook" Removed from Promos After Facing Backlash
Photos: stboo Stephy Tang Weibo

Hong Kong actress Stephy Tang’s (鄧麗欣) mainland Chinese television drama, The Last Cook (末代廚娘), which was filmed in 2019, finally premiered five years later on May 27, 2024. This historical drama features Hong Kong stars Myolie Wu and Stephy Tang in supporting roles. However, the show has drawn backlash due to Stephy’s participation as she was accused of having pro-independence views in the past. This has led Stephy to issue a statement on Weibo saying, “Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China.”

Stephy Tang statement

Stephy Tang’s Statement on Weibo

“I, Stephy Tang, was born and raised in Hong Kong, China. I wholeheartedly support and uphold that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an inseparable part of the People’s Republic of China.

Regardless of the past, present, or future, I am committed to promoting cultural exchange between Hong Kong and mainland China. Online, certain individuals have excessively interpreted my interviews and deliberately distorted my social media comments, which saddens me deeply. I have always believed in the kindness and friendliness among people and do not wish to see anyone using these statements to harm others. Misrepresenting my recognition of Hong Kong’s status and fabricating my political stance to create a buzz is unacceptable.

The baseless reports generated through excessive interpretation and piecing together of news are pure nonsense. I hope the public will not believe in rumors. I reserve all legal rights to pursue accountability and set the record straight.

This is my official statement. Thank you.”

promos with the actress

Subsequently Removed from the Show’s Promos

Despite her statement, Chinese Netizens questioned Stephy Tang’s sincerity, suggesting that her lengthy post was merely an attempt to continue profiting from the mainland market. Some even argued that if she truly wanted to express her stance, she should do so on her international social media accounts, rather than explaining herself only within mainland China.

Under mounting pressure, it appears the drama’s production team has adjusted their promotional strategy, removing all mentions, text, and images related to Stephy Tang on their official social media. Although the series continues to air, Stephy Tang has been absent from the promotional materials.

without the actress

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa

    June 6, 2024 10:03 AM
    • Anon

      June 6, 2024 5:06 PM

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