Canto-pop singer and actress Denise Ho is not backing down quietly after Lancôme canceled her performance at a Hong Kong event the beauty brand was sponsoring. Ho, a pro-democracy supporter whose connection to the French company has prompted threats of a boycott and a negative backlash from consumers, granted an interview to the BBC to discuss the incident.
“I am quite shocked that a global brand such as Lancôme, they would succumb to, like the pressure from Chinese tabloid news or the Chinese market,” Ho said, adding that Hong Kong celebrities are feeling fearful about speaking out on their views in a climate marked by tense relations between Hong Kong and mainland China.
Lancôme is facing threats of a boycott and negative backlash from consumers in both Hong Kong and mainland China over the incident. Ho was slated to perform at a Lancôme-sponsored event in Hong Kong on June 16 but the brand canceled the event after thousands of negative reactions appeared up on social media platform Weibo.