Amazon causes online outrage in China with Hong Kong protest T-shirts
- The internet giant has angered Chinese netizens with T-shirts that read ‘Free Hong Kong, democracy now’ and ‘Make Hong Kong free again’
- Amazon joins Coach, Versace, Swarovski and Givenchy, which have drawn ire in China
The T-shirts behind the outcry featured slogans such as “Free Hong Kong Democracy Now” and “Hong Kong is Not China”.
Celebrities such as actress Yang Mi, a Versace ambassador, and model Liu Wen, who has appeared in campaigns for Coach, distanced themselves from those brands, which swiftly apologised and updated their websites.
But not all brands are kowtowing to China. According to fashion trade publication WWD, Rem D. Koolhaas, the founder of shoe label United Nude and the nephew of ‘starchitect’ Rem Koolhaas, called China a “crybaby” for the backlash against companies that list Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate countries.