Jackson. Photo|Jackson SNS

[Reporter Shin Young-eun, Daily Economy Star Today]

Jackson (Wang Jackson, 27), a member of the group GOT7 Hong Kong, declared his support for cotton produced in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, where allegations of China’s crackdown on human rights were raised, and Shinsegae Duty Free, which selected him as a brand model, began to erase Jackson on social networks.

The Global Times, an English version of the Chinese state media, reported on the 31st that “Shinsegae Duty Free Shop deleted photos of Jackson from its official Instagram account.”

Shinsegae Duty Free re-issued Jackson as a Shinsegae Duty Free model last month, but Shinsegae Duty Free reportedly deleted Jackson’s picture on Instagram. However, Jackson remains in Weibo, Shinsegae Duty Free.

“Jackson is one of many celebrities who have cut ties with Adidas and have expressed support for kidney cotton,” the Global Times said. “Chinese netizens are questioning whether the removal of Jackson’s photos is the right treatment for Jackson, who claimed his belief as a Chinese.”

Earlier, fashion brands H&M and Nike announced that they would stop purchasing cotton produced in the region due to criticism of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang Uighur region. Chinese netizens began boycotting the brand, saying that H&M and Nike’s opinions were ridiculous criticism.

Jackson issued a statement on the 25th of last month saying, “National interests take precedence over all else,” and “Our office and Wang Jackson firmly oppose all deceit and malicious acts that fabricate false rumors about China.”

Meanwhile, suspicions have recently been raised in the international community that cotton produced in China’s Xinjiang Uighur region, as well as viscose rayon, also known as “artificial silk,” are being produced by forced labor of minorities. Chinese authorities claim it is a “job training center” for factories and other facilities presented as evidence of suspicion of forced labor camps, but after the U.S., the European Union (EU) announced sanctions against China for human rights suppression.

Since then, as global fashion brands such as H&M, Nike and Adidas have announced a series of suspension of imports of cotton from Xinjiang, Chinese people are fighting back with a boycott of the brand’s products. Victoria, a Chinese member of the group FX, also said she had sorted out her relationship with H&M, while a Chinese member of girl group Everglow also declared support for cotton produced in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

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