The YouTube channel of Malaysian rapper Namewee, known for his political stances against the Chinese Communist Party, was reportedly hacked.
Wee Meng Chee, better known by his online name Namewee, took to his official Instagram account to share the news earlier this morning.
“I’m in London right now, and my YouTube channel has been hacked by someone from Russia,” he said in an Instagram video post.
“This is Russian [sic] word, so I guess someone from Russia,” he added while pointing to his channel on his phone.
The hacker changed the rapper’s name to a derogatory phrase in Russian and deleted all of his content. His management team has reached out to YouTube to help restore the nearly 1,000 videos on his channel, which has 3.27 million subscribers.
“This channel I’ve managed for 13 years. It’s a very long journey, but everything gone [sic] now,” the rapper said. In his Instagram video, he also yelled out, “We support Ukraine. F*ck you!”
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In October last year, Namewee and Taiwan-based Australian singer Kimberley Chen released “Fragile,” a satirical Mandopop song mocking Chinese nationalists. Its lyrics and pink-themed music video mocked “little pinks,” or netizens who fervently defend China from any perceived criticism, and President Xi Jinping and included references to the oppression of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and China’s claims to Taiwan.
The song went viral, logging over 12 million views within a week of its release. While it was banned in China and removed from the microblogging site Sina Weibo, it trended at No. 1 on YouTube in Hong Kong and Taiwan.