“Uncle Roger” faces public backlash after deleting collaboration with China critic

The Malaysian-born comedian best known for his character Uncle Roger was under fire Wednesday after he deleted a collaboration with a Chinese-born YouTube star when he discovered his history of criticizing the Chinese government, and then apologized publicly for working with him.

#UnsubscribeUncleRoger if you support human rights,” one user on Twitter wrote, using a hashtag that reached number two in Hong Kong Wednesday.

The UK-based comedian and social media personality Nigel Ng posted a video as Uncle Roger together with Mike Chen of the channel Strictly Dumpling on Monday, critiquing a dumpling recipe video.

Ng then deleted the video on Tuesday and posted a public apology to China’s social media website Weibo for the content of the video and for working with Chen.

“Considering the seriousness of this issue and the negative impact of the video itself, we discussed internally and decided to take it down from all platforms,” the comic wrote.

“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.”

Following the public statement, many netizens have condemned Ng’s for self-censorship and ingratiating himself with Beijing.

His snubbed collaborator Chen urged Ng to do his own research on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Born in China and raised in the US, Chen has over three million subscribers on YouTube and more than 360,000 followers on Instagram. He has criticized the CCP’s mistreatment of Uighurs, Hong Kong and activists.

Ng became an internet sensation after a video of his alter-ego Uncle Roger critiquing an egg fried rice video went viral back in July 2020. Uncle Roger has more than 150 million views on his YouTube channel, along with over 1 million Instagram followers and 97,700 followers on Twitter.

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