Taiwan-born host and MTV VJ Andy Chen has apologized on Weibo after fans accused him of touching pop star Taylor Swift inappropriately at her fan event in Guangzhou on November 11.
Weibo erupted in the aftermath of the event, at which Chen can be seen placing his hand on Swift’s back and on her hand at multiple points, while conversing with the musical superstar on stage. The term ‘咸猪手’ or ‘salty pig hand,’ which usually describes sexual harassment, was used by netizens in relation to Chen’s onstage behavior.
The host was also criticized for interrupting Swift as she talked and for his shoddy effort in translating for the performer.
Image via @吃瓜鹅每日搬/Weibo
Image via @毒舌八卦/Weibo
Chen took to the microblogging site after the event to apologize to Swift and her fans, and thanked them for their constructive criticism. He concluded his Weibo post by saying, “I like Taylor as much as you, and I look forward to seeing her in China again.”
It was later pointed out by netizens that Chen’s hand didn’t actually touch Swift’s back, but rather hovered behind her for a few moments.
[Cover image via QQ News]