In June, French cosmetics giant Lancome cancelled a promotional concert featuring Hong Kong singer Denise Ho in response to her support for the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy Central protests in the territory.
Ho is the first mainstream female singer in Hong Kong to come out of the closet. Since then, she has been involved in the Big Love Alliance (大愛同盟), a civil rights group striving equal rights for the LGBT community.
On 5 June 2016, French cosmetics brand Lancôme cancelled a promotional concert by Denise Ho that was scheduled to be held on 19 June in Sheung Wan. This action was taken in response to a boycott campaign launched by the Communist Party-controlled Global Times, which denigrated her for supposedly supporting Hong Kong and Tibet independence. Lancôme also added, in a Facebook post, that Ho is not a spokesperson for the brand. The Tibet allegation appeared to have stemmed from Ho’s May 2016 meeting with the Dalai Lama. The cancellation drew a heavy backlash in Hong Kong. Some Lancôme shops in Hong Kong were shut down during the protests.
Published on Jun 8, 2016
Cosmetics maker Lancome shut all its Hong Kong shops on Wednesday (8 JUNE 2016) as protesters accused the cosmetics brand of kowtowing to Beijing when it scrapped a promotional event featuring singer/activist Denise Ho.Denise Ho speaks out on the controversy over Lancome’s decision to drop her from a promotional event