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Kenny G Deletes Selfie He Took At Hong Kong Protests, After Striking Sour Note With Authorities

The saxophone player is wildly popular in China. After government officials reminded everyone that they think the protests are illegal, Kenny G deleted the selfie, saying "I don't really know anything about the situation."

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UPDATE — Oct. 23, 2:15 a.m. ET: Kenny G has deleted a selfie taken at the Hong Kong protests, where he is holding up the peace sign, claiming ignorance of the situation.

I was not trying to defy government orders with my last post. I was in Hong Kong as a stop on my way to perform at Mission Hills

Kenny G@officialkennygFollow

I was not trying to defy government orders with my last post. I was in Hong Kong as a stop on my way to perform at Mission Hills

7:48 AM - 22 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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And happened to walk by the protest area as I was walking around Hong Kong as a tourist. Some fans took my picture.

Kenny G@officialkennygFollow

And happened to walk by the protest area as I was walking around Hong Kong as a tourist. Some fans took my picture.

7:49 AM - 22 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's unfair that I am being used by anyone to say that I am showing support for the demonstrators. I am not supporting the demonstrators

Kenny G@officialkennygFollow

It's unfair that I am being used by anyone to say that I am showing support for the demonstrators. I am not supporting the demonstrators

7:50 AM - 22 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I don't really know anything about the situation and my impromptu visit to the site was just part of an innocent walk around Hong Kong

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I don't really know anything about the situation and my impromptu visit to the site was just part of an innocent walk around Hong Kong

7:51 AM - 22 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I only wanted to share my wish for peace for Hong Kong and for all of China as I feel close to and care about China very much

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I only wanted to share my wish for peace for Hong Kong and for all of China as I feel close to and care about China very much

7:52 AM - 22 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Please don't mistake my peace sign for any other sign them a sign for peace

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Please don't mistake my peace sign for any other sign them a sign for peace

7:52 AM - 22 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I love Hong Kong and always come here to perform when I'm asked to. I love China and love coming here to perform for over 25 years

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I love Hong Kong and always come here to perform when I'm asked to. I love China and love coming here to perform for over 25 years

7:51 AM - 22 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

in Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation

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in Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation

4:15 AM - 22 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Kenny G, one of the largest-selling instrumental musicians ever and an icon in China, visited pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The smooth jazz saxophonist just finished a concert tour through the mainland.

Reuters reported that China's foreign ministry – wary of foregin involvement in what it sees as a domestic issue -- cool on the visit:

China's foreign ministry, which has expressed repeated dissatisfaction about what it sees as foreign interference in an internal issue, said it did not know any details about Gorelick's visit.

"Kenny G's musical works are widely popular in China, but China's position on the illegal Occupy Central activities in Hong Kong is very clear," ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.

"We hope that foreign governments and individuals speak and act cautiously and not support the Occupy Central and other illegal activities in any form," she added.

Kenny G's melody "Going Home" is a mainstay in China, the AP reported. It "can be heard at train stations, department stores, airports, hotel lobbies and over loudspeakers in public parks, and is often used as a signal for people to clear out."

Victor Fraile / Reuters

U.S. jazz musician and saxophonist Kenneth Gorelick, known as Kenny G, performs during a concert in Hong Kong as part of his "Rhythm and Romance" world tour in this May 9, 2008 file photo.

Tom Namako is the deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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