Fried rice influencer apologises after featuring China critique as guest

Nigel Ng who plays the popular Uncle Roger character on YouTube lands on the chopping block after appearing to pander to China.

Fried rice influencer apologises after featuring China critique as guest

Nigel Ng, the Malaysian UK-based YouTuber with just over 3 million subscribers, has apologised for featuring Mike Chen, face of the Strictly Dumpling channel, in a video. Chen, a Chinese influencer based in the US, is a vocal Beijing critique on his Twitter account, and has previously voiced concern over the treatment of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang as well as opposed the controversial Hong Kong national security law that was passed last year.

Ng claimed he wasn't aware of Chen's political views and deleted the video off his channel after some users reported the content. In his apology, Ng said: "During the process of working with the content creator, I wasn't aware of his political thoughts and his past incorrect remarks about China. This is my negligence, and I will be more careful when I make content in the future."

Ng added that his channel has just "entered China" and urged users to stop reposting content related to the deleted video.

According to an AFP report, Chen decried the decision to delete the video and said it illustrated China's growing sway over artists beyond its borders. "I do think that what happened here is the result of the Chinese Communist Party's censorship, even if it wasn't direct censorship," he said.

Following Ng's apology, many fans pledged to unsubscribe from his channel, and many took to social media to express their disappointment. 

Ng is known for playing the Uncle Roger character on YouTube which shot to fame from critiquing various iterations of fried rice.

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