Hong Kong commerce minister Greg So, the target of the series of protests relating to piss gate has received the most eloquent yet succinct letter of disapproval in the mail ever – a big bag of poo.
Three in fact.
Following the recent infamous ‘piss-gate’ saga, where a mainland couple was filmed assisting their child to relieve himself through urinating in a busy street in Mongkok, So has been antagonised due to his comments which have called for Hong Kong citizens to act with more tolerance towards mainlanders.
The first two parcels were delivered to So’s office at government headquarters in Admiralty and his home on MacDonnell Road on Tuesday last week, a few days after he urged Hongkongers to teach mainlanders manners instead of pointing accusatory fingers at them. The third was received at his office on Monday.
To most, So’s comments seem reasonable, with esteemed author Bi Feiyu as well as World Toilet Organisation’s founder Jack Sim Ruihua expressing similar sentiments for Hong Kongers to guide their mainland counterparts understand the importance of hygiene.
This latest development comes amidst drastic backlash, and backlash against the backlash ranging from Hong Kong protesters pretend popping a squat over pictures of Mao and internet campaigns from Chinese mainlanders calling on all to take arms (in the form of busting children) and to take a weekend revolutionary march over to Hong Kong and to unleash the terrifying little weapons all across the city streets.
Of the three parcels of “finger-sized” human faeces, one was opened by So’s poor wife. So has responded to the incident by commenting that it was “very unwise” and that he hoped that “everyone can express themselves in civilised and rational ways”.
We can’t tell whether he’s just slow on the uptake but it seems highly unlikely since shit has well and truly hit the fan.
Let’s just hope future protests won’t turn this phrase literal, but considering recent events, who even knows anymore?
By Mandy Liang