John Cena Issues Apology to China After Calling Taiwan a Country.
On Tuesday, John Cena issued a heartfelt apology to fans in China.
The professional wrester took to Weibo, a Chinese social network, to issue his video apology.
Speaking in Mandarin, Cena said he “made a mistake” when referring to Taiwan as a country.
I made a mistake … Now I have to say one thing which is very, very, very important: I love and respect China and Chinese people.
, John Cena, via 'NYT'.
He went on to apologize multiple times and express his “love and respect” for China.
I’m very sorry for my mistakes.
I’m really sorry.
You have to understand that I love and respect China and Chinese people, John Cena, via 'NYT'.
Cena’s slip occurred during a recent interview with Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS.
While giving a promotional interview for his latest film, 'F9,' Cena said Taiwan would be “the first country that can watch” the film.
Referring to Taiwan, a self-ruled democratic island, as a country is often seen as an offensive assertion in China.