By Sharon Kwok
Hong Kong TV station TVB’s new series “Friendly Fire” has been criticised for its “offensive” depiction of mainland Chinese.
In the scene which so outraged Chinese netizens, actress Mandy Wong plays an overstaying mainland pregnant woman Fei Fei who is about to give birth to an ‘anchor baby’ in Hong Kong.
Fei Fei is confronted by a local pregnant woman for eating hot pot and invading others’ personal spaces in the hospital room. Fei Fei retorts: “All you Hong Kong people know is to complain and have no tolerance at all”. Her husband also argues that Hong Kong people have “no quality”.
The scene was apparently based on a true story from last year, in which a Hong Kong mother complained about a mainland mother eating hot pot in the hospital room.
According to Xinhua, many Chinese netizens were infuriated by the way mainlanders were portrayed in the drama. Some have demanded an apology from TVB. Hong Kong netizens responded, “Even satire is not allowed? It is a reflection of reality. Apologise your ass!”
“Friendly Fire” Producer Man Wai Hung was blasé about the possibility of China banning the drama over the controversy, “I am from a Hong Kong broadcasting company. I want more freedom in my creativity.”