Hey, look — the U.S. is not the only country with a national anthem controversy. China is getting in on that sort of commotion, albeit with the government issuing actual punishment.
A popular 20-year-old livestreamer has been detained by the Chinese government for violating the country’s national anthem law after she waved her arms in imitation of a conductor while singing the country’s national anthem during a broadcast. Yang Kaili, who is also known as Li Ge, was detained for five days after the Shanghai police department accused her of “insulting” the national anthem. A law enacted last year made it illegal to sing the anthem in a “distorted or disrespectful way.”
In a statement written on Weibo, where Yang has more than 1 million followers, the live streaming star said she was deeply “ashamed” of her actions, and suggested that she had been ordered to undergo “education” classes by the Chinese government.
“I sincerely apologize for the fact that I did not sing the anthem seriously. The anthem is sacred and my behavior hurt everyone’s feelings. I will deeply reflect and fully accept ideological, political and patriotic education and study hard on the National Anthem law and relevant regulations,” the statement read. “I will stop all livestream work, perform self-rectification, draw lessons from the bitter experience, deeply reflect and fully accept education on ideological politics and patriotism.”
Watch Yang’s “disrespectful” rendition of China’s national anthem below.
Read the full story at The New York Post.