The boss of a large chain of tutorial centers in Hong Kong was criticized after posting a photo of him and at least six others mimicking an ISIS beheading execution scene.
Oriental Daily revealed the photo, which was posted this morning onto the Facebook page of Thomas Yan, CEO of a popular chain of Hong Kong cram schools called King’s Glory Education Centre.
The picture features Yan, along with celebrity physics tutor C. Y. Chau and other participants at a charity event, posing as ISIS executioners and beheading victims.
Yan had uploaded the photo to Instagram and then Facebook with the caption: “Ran into IS in the Yellow River,” followed by three laughing emoticons.
Netizens were outraged by the photo, which was called out as being grossly insensitive towards the victims of ISIS’s brutal executions.
King’s Glory apologized, and soon after deleted the post. The tutorial center said that it was captured during a charity walk held in Qinghai over the weekend, and that the scene was staged after a suggestion from members of the Hong Kong Blind Union.
In response to public backlash, Yan said that the act was inappropriate and careless, adding that he hadn’t meant to offend anyone.
The news comes one day after six HSBC bankers in the UK were sacked over leaked video footage showing them mimicking ISIS beheading scenes.
By Joyce Ng
[Images via Oriental Daily]