Famous Hong Kong artist Law Kar-ying recently went to the British Consulate in Hong Kong to lay flowers and post on social networks mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. He was attacked by the little pinks (Chinese extremist nationalists). Thus, on September 15, he had to post an apology video on Weibo, which sparked heated discussions. Wu Zhisen, a senior media man in Hong Kong, said that the incident reflects the current state of Hong Kong. People in the art world have lost the freedom to express their inner thoughts.
According to Hong Kong’s HK01 page, the 75-year-old artist Law visited the British consulate to pay his respects to the memory of Queen Elizabeth II. He wrote in a social media post, “She took the throne when I was seven, for the past 70 years, the Queen of England has been my elder, watching over me from adulthood to old age. Under her shadow, Hong Kong is a lucky region on earth. A bouquet of flowers and my sincere heart will last forever.”
According to Sound of Hope, unexpectedly, this act of his drew criticism from the little pinks, who said that he despised history, they said that he “liked to be a colony,”, and “accepted the enemy as father.” So two days later, Law had to post an apology video in Mandarin on Weibo.
In the video, he said, “I am Law Kar-ying, an actor from Hong Kong, China. As a public figure, I am very sorry for posting thoughtless condolences. My original intention was to express my nostalgia to an elder, nothing else, I hope you don’t over-interpret. Forgot ancestry? I really can’t do it.”
Law also holds a Chinese passport and said, “I will always love my country, I’m sorry!”
In the apology video, he pressed his chest with his palm and pointed his finger at his head once.
The fact that the famous Cantonese opera actor “had to bow his head to apologize” aroused the outside world’s attention. Many Hong Kong netizens have expressed their views on social media.
Sound Of Hope reported, some people expressed their support and understanding for his mourning for the queen, “Brother Jiaying, you have no fault, it is the fault of some glass-hearted people (meaning no emotions).”
There are also people who think the case reflects the sad reality of Hong Kong, where freedom of speech no longer exists. One wrote, “It’s really sad that a 75-year-old person can’t say what he wants to say!”
One person scoffed: “When it comes to memorials, you have to “think carefully” enough to know how civilized and free this place is.”
Senior communications officer: This is a reflection of Hong Kong’s situation
The Epoch Times reported that Wu Zhisen, a senior Hong Kong media officer who moved abroad, commented on his YouTube channel that, Law, as a person who lived during the colonial period, if his growth was not governed by the British system but mainland China, his fate and his famous acting career would not be the same, whether chanting long live the ruling Party, or being criticized as right-wing. Law Kar-ying, who had personally experienced life under the liberal regime, paid homage to Queen Elizabeth II with reverence from the bottom of his heart, but ended up admitting his mistake, which is a sad reality of Hong Kong’s art world today.
He asked that people “have the freedom not to express their opinions, but also have the right to freely express their opinions.” So where did Law go wrong?
Wu said that Law’s case was similar to the content of a recent letter from the Hong Kong Film Association to its members requesting a boycott of the Golden Horse Awards (a film festival and awards ceremony held annually in Taiwan). It reflects that Hong Kong art performers today do not have the freedom to express their inner world.
He said that not only in the art world but more Hong Kongers may gradually lose their freedom to express their inner feelings. “This is the reflection of Hong Kong’s situation.”