17 Oct – Wang Leehom became the subject of criticism recently for his supportive post of Nikon on his Weibo page.
Popular Asians website reported that the singer, who is also the spokesperson for Nikon, updated his Weibo recently and was full of praises for the latest Nikon camera he received; telling fans how it helped him polish his photography skills. The singer was immediately attacked by Chinese Netizens who claimed that the singer was tactless with the current dispute between China and Japan regarding the islands of Diaoyu/Senkaku.
A lot of nasty remarks were made by anti-Japanese Netizens as well, who questioned Leehom's insensitivity towards the issue by advertising the Japanese product. However, at the same time, his fans came to his support by posting that he is just a casualty of unawareness.
Meanwhile, the American-born singer remained offline and his company informed the press that Leehom cannot be reached and that they cannot comment for him regarding his endorsement of a Japanese brand.
As a spokesperson for Nikon, Wang Leehom reportedly made over USD 1 million.