King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), a long-time adviser to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), on Wednesday denied media speculation that he and the president had developed a “Brokeback” relationship.
The term comes from Taiwan-born Hollywood director Ang Lee’s (李安) Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain (斷背山), which tells of a secretive homosexual relationship between two cowboys.
At a question-and-answer session after a speech on cross-strait relations, King, a former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) secretary-general and now the top adviser of the KMT’s international affairs department, responded to media speculation about the nature of his personal relationship with Ma.
When asked if a public figure like him should take legal action against the media over speculation on such topics as his personal relationship with Ma, King said that some people in Taiwan believed he and the president were in a romantic relationship.
“My wife is such a beautiful woman that not even someone with just a high-school education would believe [that I’m gay],” he said. “I respect each individual’s sexual orientation, but I am not ‘Brokeback’ [gay],” he added.
King also denied speculation that he never visits Republic of China founding father Sun Yat-sen’s (孫逸仙) mausoleum in Nanjing to pay tribute because he is a descendant of an imperial clan of the Qing Dynasty, which was toppled by revolutionaries led by Sun.
He said he has visited Nanjing before and it was absolute nonsense to say that he has not visited the mausoleum because of his background.