Chinese Celebrities Accused Of Apple-Smearing Campaign

Strange how a bunch of Chinese celebrities all decided to dislike Apple at 8:20 p.m.

There appears to be something rotten in the state of Weibo (China's 140-character social network rip-off of Twitter), and according to a short list of Chinese celebrities that rotten something is Apple. According to Taiwanese film star Peter Ho, for example, Apple has "so many tricks in its after-sales services. As an Apple fan, I’m hurt." The complaints surfaced after an exposé was broadcast on the official CCTV channel that said Apple was abusing Chinese consumers by not replacing broken iPhones, and instead just fixing them.

But Ho's tweet had a strange ending: "Post at 8:20"...as if he'd copied and pasted text from an email, perhaps, and accidentally included the instruction to post at that time. Which, coincidentally, was the same time that other celebrities posted anti-Apple comments. Perhaps there's something rotten in an anti-Apple campaign too.

No one yet knows what the source of this initiative is, but it does seem conspiratorial. Sina Weibo itself then began censoring mentions of the "8:20 party" as Chinese commentors began to notice the Apple-smear. It's also not known if the CCTC documentary was based on truth or a distorted version of it.

What's your take on this? Do you believe it's just a coincidence that anti-Apple comments appeared at the same time?

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  • strfx4

    Nothing in this world is sacred anymore.  Now those rascals in China even commit blasphemy and smear the hole name of Apple.  Unbelievable, I say.  Unbelievable!

    Fortunately, we can rest assured that no matter what happens, no matter what the facts, yes: no matter what.... Mr Eaton will never cease to sing the praises of Apple.  Hallelujah!

  • Kragor1970

    I don't know if the 8:20 movement is a conspiracy or not. I do know that it is based in accurate complaints. I know quite a few customer representatives from AT&T and they tell me all the time about how an Apple customer will call in fuming because they are getting the run around from customer service but there is nothing they can do because Apple has their hands tied behind their backs.