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SBD Global/June 25, 2014/People and Pop Culture
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Published June 25, 2014
LI NA SUPPORTING CANCER: Reigning Australian Open champion LI NA "posted a topless photo on her Weibo on June 17 to raise awareness of breast cancer." The world's No. 2 women's tennis player is pictured with slogans covering her chest which read "hold on to both health and dream" and "I am beautiful and I check myself." Though "unexceptional," the post nonetheless "caused a stir in China, where nudity is taboo." The response "was overwhelming positive, however" (WANT CHINA TIMES, 6/20).
SPONSOR DROPS SCHUMACHER: Former F1 driver MICHAEL SCHUMACHER "has lost his first sponsor since his skiing accident on Dec. 29, which left him in a coma for more than five months." Germany-based beverage producer HassiaGroup "will not extend its contract with the seven-time world champion, which is set to expire at the end of '14." A HassiaGroup spokesperson said, "After that we will only use our product in our commercials." The company "has already withdrawn its sparkling water commercial which featured Schumacher" (BILD, 6/23).