The film is on track to be one of the year’s biggest blockbusters. “I am very sorry for my mistake. The 44-year-old said Taiwan would be the first “country” to see the ninth installment of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise.
His comment sparked outrage on Chinese social media sites as Taiwan’s status remains a heated topic. Beijing considers the self-governed Taiwan to be part of its territory and opposes the idea that its an independent state, BBC News reported.China and Taiwan have been governed separately since 1949 but Beijing has tried to limit Taiwan’s international influence and has not ruled out using force to reclaim the island, according to BBC News. First published on May 25, 2021 / 5:30 PM Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas called it “pathetic.”After being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, “F9” premiered this weekend in international theaters, making over $162 million at the box office, according to Variety. John Cena apologizes for calling Taiwan a country during interview
By Zoe Christen Jones
May 26, 2021 / 11:05 AM
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John Cena is apologizing after calling Taiwan a country while promoting the latest “Fast and the Furious” film, “F9.” The actor and professional wrestler posted the apology Tuesday in Mandarin on the popular Chinese social media site Weibo.
“I made one mistake, I must say right now, very important, I love and respect Chinese people,” Cena said, according to BBC News. Meanwhile, some American lawmakers slammed Cena’s apology. John Cena in 2020. I am so sorry, I apologize.”Cena’s initial comment came during an interview with TVBS, a Taiwanese broadcast company. In 2017, he admitted that despite his best efforts, he still spoke the language like a “third grader.”
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Some Weibo users said Cena’s apology wasn’t enough, while others were more sympathetic, BBC News reported.