The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a long-awaited official statement on Kenny G. Via the New York Times:
“Kenny G’s musical works are widely popular in China, but China’s position on the illegal Occupy Central activities in Hong Kong is very clear,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said at a daily news briefing on Wednesday. “We hope that foreign governments and individuals speak and act cautiously and not support Occupy Central and other illegal activities in any form.”
The backstory: Kenny G is well-known in China, and his song "Closing Time" is played ubiquitously there (often in public spaces at, yes, closing time). This week he visited the site of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, tweeting about the demonstrations in mild terms:
in Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation pic.twitter.com/mEp5jIXLjj— Kenny G (@officialkennyg) October 22, 2014
Many of those who have condmned the protests, including the Chinese government, have claimed that they are in part the work of foreign/American agitation. The appearance of such a Western icon in Hong Kong was thus seen as a potential act of aggression requiring a stern response.
Here is Kenny G's "Closing Time" set to pictures of green forests and relaxed sea turtles and such.
Here's to a smooth, chill day for everyone in Hong Kong, China, and everywhere else.