Netizens Used Lyrics From Miriam Yeung’s Songs To Flame Her For Not Supporting Hongkong’s Pro-Democracy Movement
Recently, Hongkong singer Miriam Yeung posted a throwback photo from her showbiz debut 25 years ago on her socials, reminiscing about the days when she was a newbie trying to make it big in the industry. It was a seemingly innocuous post, but it was soon overrun by netizens who decided to quote a particular line from Miriam’s self-titled song, 'Miriam Yeung'.
While these comments might look like a way for netizens to pay homage to Miriam’s illustrious career in showbiz at first glance, the line netizens chose tells a different story.
You see, the line translates to “If [you] could be open and honest, you will be more attractive”, and it was used as a way to criticise the 46-year-old for her comments regarding the Hongkong pro-democracy protests.
In June last year, Miriam had uploaded a post that was widely believed to be in support of the pro-democracy protests on her Instagram. A month later, the singer claimed that her IG had been hacked. Her management agency later uploaded a statement, asserting that they are "vehemently against the fabricated reports that Miss Miriam Yeung supports the Hongkong independence movement”.
This drew heavy criticism from those who supported the pro-democracy protests in Hongkong.
Although Miriam has since limited the comment function on her Instagram, a number of negative comments still remain on her Facebook page, with some netizens resorting to posting the lyric on the singer’s page itself.
Additionally, Hongkong lyricist Albert Leung, who frequently collaborates with Miriam, has allegedly been blacklisted by China for his vocal support of the protests.
Thus, some netizens feel that Miriam essentially abandoned her close friend through her actions.
One netizen, who had brought up this issue, even used a line from Miriam’s song, 'Strong Woman', to further illustrate their point ‘cos Albert is the track's lyricist.
"If you don’t have a moral backbone, you’ll only become an adulterous concubine,” the netizen wrote.