Cyndi Wang, Twins' tweaked version of 1990s song slammed by original singer
TAIPEI - Taiwanese singer Cheng Chih-hua has criticised the changes in the lyrics of his song Star Lighting (1992) after it was performed on Chinese reality show Sisters Who Make Waves.
In the latest episode of the show on Friday (July 1), Taiwanese singer Cyndi Wang performed Star Lighting with singers Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung of Cantopop duo Twins as well as Chinese actresses Wu Jinyan and Crystal Zhang.
Cheng's original song featured these lyrics: The sky now is a piece of dirty sky/The stars in the civilised sky can no longer been seen.
However, when performed by the five female celebrities, thelyrics were changed to: The sky now is sunny/The stars in the civilised sky can always been seen.
Cheng, 60, took to Chinese social media platform Weibo on Sunday, writing: "I am shocked, furious and regret that the lyrics in my classic song Star Lighting have been changed indiscriminately!"
Several netizens agreed with Cheng, as some of them said that the organisers should use another song if they did not agree with some of the lyrics.
Even Mr Hu Xijin, the retired editor-in-chief of China's nationalist Global Times tabloid, stepped into the saga.
He wrote on Weibo on Monday: "I do not agree with such changes and feel they were unnecessary if they were done due to 'political correctness'. Political correctness should include respecting the history, seeking truth and tolerating different literary and artistic expressions."
Mr Hu had also expressed support for Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung in another episode.
Cheung, who is known as the God of Songs, was criticised by Chinese netizens recently after he used the phrase "Jia you, Hong Kong" in a video he recorded marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule.
"Jia you" means "keep going" in Chinese, but it was also a rallying cry among protesters during the Hong Kong protests in 2019.
Mr Hu said China should unite those who share the views of the majority and not be overly critical on interpreting the artistes' words after they make the clarifications.