Hong Kong actress Carina Lau has provoked an angry response from Weibo users by posting a photo of herself in Tiananmen square alongside a supposedly pro-communist message that read “48 years… I’m finally here! The East Is Red, the sun in my heart!”
When Lau posted the photo and the chippy remark – the second half a reference to a popular Mao-era song – she probably did so expecting a few likes. At best she might have hoped for a nice remark about the snazzy hat she was wearing; at worst maybe a few snide comments about why the hell she has never been to Tiananmen square. What she probably didn’t expect was for it to receive over 40,000 comments and to be re-posted nearly 32,000 times.
Many of the comments – presumably from Hong Kongers – chided her for being so overtly pro-mainland. One wrote “Ah! Hong Kong people are becoming ‘red'” whilst another commented “You should be wary of tanks here”.
Lau – who was born in Suzhou but has been a Hong Kong citizen since she was fifteen – is the latest in a long line of HK stars to have generated political controversy. A few weeks ago Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong complained on Weibo about the loss of traditional Chinese characters on the mainland. Wong shut down his account after he got fed up with the frenzied debate that his complaint generated. On the other side of the debate; Jackie Chan has become progressively more famous/infamous for his pro-mainland rants.