Pop diva Madonna has waded into the war of words over Taiwanese identity after draping herself in the island’s flag, sparking ire in China, where any suggestion of independence is scorned.
Taiwan’s Apple Daily and Liberty Times newspapers ran photos of Madonna with the flag over her shoulders as she sang an encore on Thursday (Feb 4) on the Taipei leg of her global Rebel Heart Tour.
The move was greeted enthusiastically by many on Taiwanese Internet forums, who saw it as a boost to their quest to protect the island’s sovereignty in the face of increased influence from Beijing.
“Madonna supports Taiwan with her acts. Taiwan loves Madonna too,” read one message on Apple Daily‘s website.
But posts on China’s Twitter-like Weibo responded angrily.
“Madonna draped the flag and you think you are going to be recognised by the UN? So funny,” said another, referring to Taiwan’s lack of international status.
“Shut up, people of Taiwan province of China,” one message read.
“Madonna was just creating a talking point and some Taiwanese people thought she was speaking up for Taiwan independence? So funny,” said another.
Others hit back at the critical Instagram posts.
“Someone holds the flag and you are barking like a dog. So low class. If you like China so much, go back to use your weibo,” one comment read. Read More