Conspiracy theories float around the Chinese boy band tragedy

Last month, a 12-member boy band called Mirror was performing at the Hong Kong Coliseum when suddenly a giant video monitor crashed to the stage, crushing one of the members. Last I heard, doctors were doing whatever they could to prevent him from being paralyzed.

How could something like this happen? This is where the conspiracists come in.

Mirror is a phenomenon in Hong Kong with fame at the level of BTS and One Direction. Part of what makes them appealing is they’ve got a little bit of a political edge to them. For example, they sing in Cantonese instead of Mandarin, the official language of the mainland. The 12 members all have an androgynous sort of appearance, something that Beijing actively discourages with their edict against “effeminate male celebrities.”

Two of the members start in a TV show called Ossan’s Love, which is a drama involving a gay love triangle. It’s the most popular TV show in the territory. And some social media posts have been…irksome to authorities. Mirror has been shown wearing yellow, which is a symbol of their solidarity with anyone supporting Beijing’s National Security Law.

Fans are super-passionate, too. They often work together on positive, socially-aware projects. This has been called the “Mirror Effect.”

You can see where this is headed, right?

Mirror fans aren’t convinced that the falling monitor incident wasn’t an accident. Online theories are everywhere, with one focusing on why the monitors were hung in a different way for this particular show. For the first two gigs of the residency at Hong Kong Coliseum, they were mounted horizontally. For the show in question, those screens were re-hung and rotated 90 degrees.

Coincidence? Or something more nefarious?

(Via Popbitch)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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