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Chinese nationalists accuse Taiwanese singer of being ‘pro-Taiwan independence’ due to photo of her eating spaghetti

  • Taiwanese singer Hebe Tien of girl group S.H.E., received a flood of backlash from Chinese netizens who accused her of being pro-Taiwan independence after she posted a photo of herself eating spaghetti.
  • Tien posted the image on her Instagram story on Aug. 2, the same day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrived in Taiwan, a trip China had strongly spoken out against in recent months.
  • Due to the nature of the timing, Chinese nationalists were convinced that Tien’s decision to eat spaghetti, an Italian dish, was a display of support for Pelosi’s visit to the island, linking the pasta to Pelosi’s Italian heritage.
  • Multiple users commented on Tien’s latest Weibo post with screenshots of her Instagram story — which has since been deleted — of her eating spaghetti, with captions demanding that she “explain” herself.
  • Others reacted more aggressively, with some calling her “two-faced” and at least one user stating they have “wasted the years liking her.”

Taiwanese singer Hebe Tien received a flood of backlash from Chinese netizens who accused her of being pro-Taiwan independence after posting a photo of herself eating spaghetti, connecting it to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Italian heritage.

Tien, who rose to fame as a member of the girl group S.H.E., posted the image on her Instagram story on Aug. 2, the same day Pelosi arrived in Taiwan, a trip China had strongly spoken out against in recent months.