Skater Nathan Chen is facing setbacks in China for representing the United States at the Winter Olympics
Skater Nathan Chen is facing setbacks in China for representing the United States at the Winter Olympics

Skater Nathan Chen is facing setbacks in China for representing the United States at the Winter Olympics

After leading the American team to a silver victory in the team’s figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Nathan Chen has faced massive setbacks from Chinese social media users. The ice skater has been branded a traitor by users on Weibo, which is a Twitter-like Chinese social media platform. Nathan had to face the heat as he managed to break the world record set by two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.

According to the South China Morning Post, Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu enjoys massive support in China and was praised for his performance on social media. Meanwhile, users came down heavily on Nathan and dug after his performance at the Winter Games.

Despite winning his first Olympic gold in the individual figure skating race, Nathan’s achievement was called “acrobatics by a circus monkey” by a user. Whereas another user compared his skills with Yuzurus and wrote that Yuzuru had “both beauty and power, that is, ballet on ice.” He targeted Nathan, saying his performance was “Like a monkey.”

Shortly after the skaters’ appearance at the Games, hashtags related to Yuzuru and Nathan’s appearance began to be popular on Weibo. Nathan, whose parents immigrated to the United States from China, was subjected to personal attacks from users who claimed he was humiliating China by supporting the United States.

As reported by the New York Post, Nathan was even branded a traitor on Weibo and was told to leave China to represent the United States, which does not share pleasant diplomatic relations with China. The figure skater in particular had supported the American ice dancer Evan Bates when he in an interview condemned China’s human rights violation against Uighur Muslims.

In addition, Nathan had previously angered Chinese social media users after appearing on a song from the movie ‘Mao’s Last Dance’. The film is about a Chinese dancer who jumped off to America.

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