Pro-democracy Canto-pop singer Denise Ho Wan-see announced on Wednesday that she will hold a concert in Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan on June 19. The event is to be held at the same location and on the same date as a now-cancelled Lancôme concert in which Ho was due to perform.
On June 5, the cosmetic giant controversially cancelled the event due to “safety reasons” after the state-backed Global Times linked Ho with Hong Kong and Tibetan independence movements on Weibo. The post led to netizens in the mainland calling for a boycott of the brand.
In her announcement, Ho said that “[I] invite everyone who has the same beliefs to respond to all oppression and fear on this piece of land that we love – using music and culture [and] our individual selves and determination.”
She said the concert “will be very ‘safe’: without politics, slogans, banners, no catchphrases, organisations, nor big companies” and asked Hongkongers to “use [their] own hands to open a path for themselves.”
L’Oreal and Lancôme have largely remained silent since the cancellation of the event.
An internal email circulated among staff at L’Oreal, the brand’s parent group, at the end of last month said that its president and director general for Hong Kong, Stephen Mosely, will be retiring at the end of June.