Chinese Host Apologizes for Touching Taylor Swift

By Bryan Grogan, November 12, 2019

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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. 

READ MORE: Taylor Swift Will Spend Singles' Day in Guangzhou this Year

[Cover image via QQ News]

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