Certain stories write themselves too easily. When Kris Wu took up six of the top seven spots on iTunes’ U.S. charts after releasing his debut solo studio album, leaving Ariana Grande’s viral single “Thank U, Next” at fourth, accusations of foul play ran amok on Twitter. Wu quickly dropped from iTunes rankings afterwards. Grande herself ended up liking a tweet which insinuated Wu’s U.S. chart success was the result of bots.
What if I told you the Chinese-American War began not from Trump-fueled trade disputes or the governance of Taiwan, but rather from Kris Wu’s “Antares” album? In a period of high blood pressure and immense, often understandable sensitivity, the mere appearance of a beef, a semblance of disrespect towards one of China’s biggest stars from one of America’s biggest stars, was enough to conjure tweets like these: