Comedian Nigel Ng, also known as Uncle Roger, has finally addressed the removal of a video featuring Mike Chen, star of the “Strictly Dumpling” YouTube channel.
Refusal to bow down: Ng first commented on the issue in a YouTube video on Jan. 16, according to South China Morning Post.
- “I hate drama… I just want to make funny videos,” the YouTube star said. “I don’t want to be involved in anything else – no politics, no drama. Uncle Roger love making people laugh. It’s about entertaining people, no matter where they come from, and respecting everyone’s culture.”
- Ng, playing his character Uncle Roger, added, “For the record, Uncle Roger make zero dollars from Chinese social media so to see my niece and nephew say I like RMB more than MSG really break Uncle Roger heart.”
- That same day, Ng posted an Instagram Story. He asked his haters to unfollow him, saying, “I’m not bowing down to anyone. Especially not to all the hate comments I’m getting. So if you‘re thinking of sending me nasty things, save your time and just hit the unfollow button.”
How the controversy started: Ng sparked outrage last week after suddenly taking down a video featuring Chen, a critic of the Chinese government.
- Ng then posted an apology letter on Weibo, saying, “I wasn’t aware of his political thoughts and his past incorrect remarks about China. This is my negligence…”
- After the letter gained traction, many of Ng’s fans accused him of pandering to China.
- Chen also spoke out about the controversy, telling Hong Kong Free Press that Ng did not inform him about the removal of the video.
- “I think the comments he’s referring to is my post on the 21st anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square, something the CCP tries hard to cover up and erase. For the record, I stand by all the comments I’ve made about the CCP,” Chen said.
- “I do hope that Nigel does his own research on the CCP, and sees for himself if my remarks on China are really ‘incorrect.’ Living in the UK grants him that basic freedom, something not afforded to the millions under CCP rule,” Chen added.