Relations between China and Hong Kong apparently remain not great, with Hong Kong actor Wong Hei’s face being censored in a CCTV program after referencing former Chinese premier Zhou Enlai’s possible homosexuality.
Wong was supposed to appear on CCTV1 reality show The Great Challenge. Which he did, in a fashion — minus his face.
The snubbing was purportedly punishment for Wong’s recent Facebook activity, involving his sharing of an article about a Hong Kong book that’s made headlines of late for suggesting that Zhou Enlai was gay. Like that wasn’t enough pot-stirring, Wong also referred to Zhou as the “descendant of Qu Yuan.”
It’s an open secret in Chinese entertainment that Wong himself is gay.
Having hired Wong prior, the director of The Great Challenge roasted the dude pretty thoroughly:
If we had known about this, we wouldn’t have employed him; if we had already employed him, we wouldn’t have recorded him; if we had already recorded him, we wouldn’t have used his footage; if we had already used his footage, we wouldn’t have aired it.
A lot of regrets.
Some netizens were in support of CCTV, bitching that Wong “wants to eat the mainland’s meal, but smashes the mainland’s pot,” and that “Hong Kong separatists should never get away with it!” One web user sermoned that “actors should play a positive role in communication with the public; otherwise it will bring unimaginable harm.”
It’s believed that Taiwanese actor Huang An, historically a mainland groupie, was the dibber-dobber, probably plotting this exact outcome.
Wong has since been forced to repent for his sins, but on the other hand, at least he gets to keep his job — for now, anyway.
By Pinky Latt