David Beckham calls Hong Kong “China,” Causes Outcry

David Beckham, famous soccer player, was in Hong Kong. He wanted to share how much he enjoyed the experience, but instead caused controversy.

People in the Chinese-speaking world know that Hong Kong, though technically part of China, has its own distinct culture, laws, and even currency under the “one-country, two systems” policy.

Because of the distinction and cultural differences, most people in Hong Kong do not like it when westerners call it “China” instead of referring to it separately. On the other hand, most mainland Chinese like to remind everyone that Hong Kong is indeed part of China!

The former footballer, 41, shared a photo montage on Instagram and Facebook of his trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong with the caption “great 48 hours in China”.

Fans were quick to point out that Hong Kong is in an autonomous territory that has its own government and laws.

One user was quick to point out: “We have our own government, currency, even Football Team!”

Another posted: “I like you a lot, thanks for visiting, but this is Hong Kong… not China…”

…Noticing his error, the former footballer quickly changed the message to read: “Great 48 hours in Shanghai and Hong Kong.”

But the caption change sparked fury among some who said Hong Kong is a part of China.

One user posted: “Believe it or not, Hong Kong belongs to People’s Republic of China!!!”

Another wrote: “Tbh, loved you for so many years but I think I will stop supporting you now. Because you changed ’48 hours in China’ to ‘Shanghai and Hong Kong’ which clearly shows your political view that Hong Kong does not belong to China.”

Read more about it on the Evening Standard.

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Roland Martin Tweets Homophobic Post; Suspended

(Original story at ABC News here.)

Maybe Mr. Martin really hates David Beckham. Or perhaps he really hates underwear advertisements. It is possible he thought the advertisement was terrible at doing its job — selling. Whatever it was, his remarks have definitely been interpreted to be homophobic.

Feb 8, 2012 6:02pm

Roland Martin Suspended by CNN Over ‘Offensive’ Tweets

CNN has smacked the “ish” out of Roland Martin.

The commentator has been suspended indefinitely for tweets he sent during Sunday’s Super Bowl that were criticized as anti-gay, according to a statement released Wednesday. One tweet said, “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”

“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” CNN’s statement reportedly said. “Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”

“CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community,” said Rich Ferraro, a spokesperson for the gay rights organization GLAAD. “Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence. We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to it.”

This is the latest case of public figures tweeting themselves into trouble.

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