OTTAWA (News services) — Following recent visa policy modifications, Mark Roswell, popularly known in China as celebrity ‘crosstalk’ performer Dashan, was denied an F visa extension Thursday, prompting a furious YouTube response in which the Canadian citizen told Beijing to “cut the shit already.”
Broadcasting on his YouTube channel from Ottawa, Roswell scripted a segment similar to his unpopular language-learning program on CCTV-9. “Welcome to today’s show,” brooded Roswell. “I’m your host, Canadian Mark Roswell, otherwise known as Mark Roswell, from Canada. Today we’re talking about attitude problems.”
His face shrouded in moody lighting, Roswell then slammed the unfairness of the sudden changes in China’s visa policies which have, for decades, allowed foreigners – otherwise unloved and unwanted back home – to live in China as perpetual vacationers without the need for real jobs. “They’ve taken that away from me,” Roswell told China Daily Show via QQ.
Roswell sprang to fame in 1988 after his performance as Dashan in the skit, ‘Ye Gui,’ was seen by 550 million viewers. The Chinese people immediately fell in love with his big eyes, sexy hair, expressive facial features and aura of cleverness. Dashan’s smile was used to sell everything from toothpaste to mechanical parts but now Roswell says he’s turning off the charm till his residence permit is renewed.
“It’s China’s visa policy or my smile,” Roswell vowed. “One of us has to go”
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