Call to boycott Lancome grows

Top News | Amy Nip 8 Jun 2016

More than 2,870 people have signed an online petition calling on consumers to boycott Lancome products after the cosmetic company canceled a concert by Hong Kong singer- activist Denise Ho Wan-sze.

The cancellation followed mainland online calls for a Lancome boycott for Ho, a fervent supporter of the Occupy movement.

The "Boycott Lancome for freedom of expression in Hong Kong" petition was launched by Frenchwoman Beatrice Desgranges on

"We cannot accept that Lancome, in a way an ambassador of France land of human rights sacrifices freedom of thought and freedom of expression in its trade policy in Hong Kong. We cannot accept that French companies bend to the dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party!" it states.

The petition called on the French consulate- general in Hong Kong to sponsor the June 19 concert.

People from Singapore and Taiwan also signed the petition.

"It's unjust for large corporations such as Lancome to bow to cyber terrorism. And not showing respect to democracy and justice," Singaporean Regine Ong commented.

It will be delivered to Stephen Mosely, president and managing director of L'Oreal Hong Kong. L'Oreal is the parent of Lancome.

Parties and groups including League of Social Democrats, People Power, Demosisto, Neo Democrats, Hong Kong Shield and the Labour and Democratic parties will protest at Lancome's Times Square shop today.

Democrat Helena Wong Pik-wan yesterday filmed herself pouring a tube of Lancome facial product into the toilet.

This comes as the Ho controversy boils over the border, with the BBC and foreign media reporting that Lancome bowed to mainland pressure in canceling the concert.

State tabloid Global Times said in an editorial that it is understandable for the brand to put mainland customers who threatened to boycott Lancome for its connection with Ho before those in Hong Kong.

The mainland market is many times bigger than Hong Kong, so it is simple why Lancome did so, it said. Ho is not innocent, it added.

Ho responded to the Global Times, saying on Facebook her canceled event was organized in Hong Kong. She has not "benefited from the mainland market" for a long time, she said.

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