Though he may not be the platinum-album powerhouse he once was in this country, iconic jazz musician and noted hair pioneer Kenny G has found a rabid and gargantuan fan base in China. So it's understandable if the 58-year-old doesn't want to ruffle any feathers there.
He did just that, however unwittingly, in October by tweeting a picture of himself at democracy protests in Hong Kong. In a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday, the musician clarified that he has no opinion on the Hong Kong/China clash, and he doesn't really want to talk much about it.
The saxophonist, who stopped by to chat about his upcoming album, "Brazilian Nights," told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani that he could see the protests from his hotel room and decided to go walk around and check it out. While there, considering his massive popularity in China, fans stopped to take pictures. Nothing more, nothing less.
"So I take a picture with them, and they turn out to be protestors," he said. "They put it up on their site that says, 'Kenny G here supporting the protestors.' I'm just walking around. I'm taking pictures with people. ... I left the area and went to lunch. Next thing I know, people are telling me I'm in trouble."
He didn't clarify whether the Chinese government pressured him to take the photo down. He only says he removed it to silence any confusion.
"The reason I took it down was because it was misinterpreted, and there's no point in it being up there just to stir up things," he continued.
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