Former CLC member Elkie recently held an exclusive interview with a Hong Kong newspaper, Mingpao. In the interview, not only did she reveal the real reason for her departure from CUBE Entertainment and CLC, but also addressed the accusations of her giving up her identity as a Hong Kong-er to continue her career in Mainland China.
Previously, Elkie had openly posted her support for the Hong Kong police on her Weibo and Instagram, earning much criticism for the move. Many upset Hong Kong-ers had called her a “sell-out” for her support of the police rather than the people. Due to the Hong Kong police brutality, most global support lies with those who are currently fighting for democracy.
Elkie claimed that she does not mind being open about her stance and declared her support for the Hong Kong police.
I was born and raised in Hong Kong, why would I want to give up my identity? I don’t understand why people would think that. I don’t mind declaring my stance and I won’t judge what other people think. I was in Korea at the time (referring to when the protests began in Hong Kong back in 2019), so I didn’t really keep up with the news in Hong Kong. But since it was such a huge deal, I found out about it. I was heartbroken, but I was in Korea so I couldn’t do anything. Also, I had a mood disorder and I couldn’t even help myself.
Elkie claimed that the issue and the pressure from the netizens who wanted her to speak up about it greatly affected her mood. While she did not want to post anything on social media during that time, her agency forced her to have a certain number of posts per week. The comments she read made her even more depressed.
There was a time when I lost control and just cried my eyes out at the gym. Then I stopped opening up to anyone and didn’t want to say anything. I just locked myself in my room all day and didn’t even want to go out into the living room. I felt down and disappointed.
As her stepfather is part of the Hong Kong police force, Elkie has often discussed matters with him. When asked whether she is a blue ribbon or a yellow ribbon, she said “I’m a blue ribbon.” A “blue ribbon” is someone who is pro-Hong Kong Police, and also often regarded by the public as pro-China by extension.
I have a pretty good relationship with my stepdad and care about his work. We discussed the situation in Hong Kong. I talk to my family through video calls almost everyday. However, my mind was not in the best state at the time, so I couldn’t help him. But I did worry about the dangers he faced at work. I support him and I also support the Hong Kong Police.
Elkie knows that she risks losing fans after revealing her political stance, but she believes that everyone has rights to their own beliefs. She hopes to return to Hong Kong after the pandemic subsides and wishes to gain Hong Kong-ers approval as “it is still [her] home at the end of the day.”