EXO member's mother defends him

EXO member Lay Zhang has received criticism for his pro-Beijing views.
EXO member Lay Zhang has received criticism for his pro-Beijing views.PHOTO: ZYXZJS/INSTAGRAM

SHANGHAI • Chinese Singer Lay Zhang's mother is on a warpath.

She is warning trouble-makers not to harass her family after Zhang, 27, who is part of South Korean boy band EXO, got some criticism for his pro-Beijing views.

Posting on Weibo, she issued a warning, saying: "I'm not afraid of you. Loving your country and loving your home is the basic principle for every Chinese. We do only what we should do. We don't want praise, but don't try to frighten us either."

Some netizens, upset over Zhang's support of the police's handling of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, have posted personal details of his family members.

They even signed him up for organ donation, an act which his mother slammed as shameful.

"The act of donating one's organs is noble. How can someone use this to vent his anger?"

Zhang also drew attention recently when he cut ties with Korean conglomerate Samsung.

The move came after it offered separate language options for users in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China on its website. The three were described as choices in a list of countries or regions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2019, with the headline 'EXO member's mother defends him'. Print Edition | Subscribe