Former soccer superstar David Beckham managed to piss off Hong Kong with one video posted to Facebook and Instagram.
How could one of the world’s most recognizable stars manage to do this? Well, it’s all in the caption.
Beckham recently spent some time “in Shanghai and Hong Kong promoting AIA, a life insurance empire for which he is the new global ambassador,” according to T+L.
After the quick, two-day visit, he posted the video mentioned above to Facebook and Instagram with the caption “Great 48 Hours in China”. T+L describes the video as showing some highlights of the visit along with time-lapses of traffic and people playing soccer.
The thing is that while Hong Kong is officially a part of China, it is an autonomous region with it’s own currency, passports and government etc. When HK was given back to China by the UK in 1997, China agreed to still “allow the territory to have a high level of autonomy for the next 50 years”.
When the video was shared, there were some angry comments. The most popular one was “This is Hong Kong not China. Thank you for visiting us David“. Another wrote “We have our own government, currency, even football team!”
Since receiving the negative feedback, the caption for the video was switched to a more accurate “Great 48 hours in Shanghai and Hong Kong“.
So was David Beckham right in his caption? Technically yes, but considering how much autonomy Hong Kong is given, I’d be pissed too if I was from there.
What do you think? Was David Beckham’s caption offensive or just a little mistake?
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