Netizens Not Happy That Coco Lee Said ‘I’m from S’pore’ in a TikTok Video


Be careful what you say on the internet, because it will stay there forever.

Humans have always said, dumb, insensitive, and hurtful things, and I’m not just talking about Donald Trump.

The only difference is that nowadays, the things you say and write can be seen by thousands of people within a few hours.

And if they don’t like it, they’ll certainly let you know.

Netizens Not Happy That Coco Lee Said ‘I’m from S’pore’ in a TikTok Video

Netizens are not happy with Coco Lee at the moment.

For those who don’t know, Coco Lee is a Hong Kong-born American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress.

She is the first and only person of Chinese ethnicity to perform at the Oscars; she sang “A Love Before Time”, the Best Original Song nominated from the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

She’s 45, married to a Canadian businessman, and has two adult step-daughters from her husband’s previous marriage.

Like many Chinese celebrities, Lee shares videos on Douyin (the Chinese version of TikTok) from time to time.

However, one of her latest posts, which she also shared on her Facebook on Monday (9 Nov), has ruffled a few feathers, to say the least.

In the video, Lee is dancing with her sister Nancy to the K-pop song ‘Abracadabra’ .

Sounds fine, right? The only issue netizens had was that Lee mouthed along to a voice which says “I am from Singapore” at the start.

According to 8 Daysthis seemingly innocuous line angered many netizens, who demanded,  “Are you from China or Singapore?”.

In response, Lee said , “I am from Hongkong, China.”

Her comment, however, can no longer be found, which means she may have deleted it.


8 Days did a little digging and found that the background track Lee and Nancy were dancing to is actually a remix that has been used for a popular Douyin dance challenge.

Other Douyin users who took this challenge were also seen mouthing along to the “I am from Singapore” bit, irrespective of where they’re from.

The funny thing is that the line wasn’t actually uttered by a Singaporean; it was said by TFBoys member Karry Wang while acting in a scene from a skit called TFamily’s Story.

What Lee was mouthing, then, may not have been meant as a declaration of her nationality, as some assumed.

Once again, it seems like netizens have rushed to conclusions and directed their anger toward someone who had no ill-intent.


Yes, Lee isn’t from Singapore, but we’re pretty sure she knows that too.

Featured Image: Alchetron + Facebook (Coco Lee)