Video Showing Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang And Other Stars Partying With Hongkong Police In A Hotel Stirs Controversy
Hongkong stars Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Alan Tam, Alex Fong Chung-sun, Ben Lam, Oscar Leung, Bobby Auyeung, Ken Lo and Michael Wai have landed themselves in quite the pickle after a video of them partying it up with Hongkong police officers was circulated online.
The video, which shows the stars having dinner and drinks while singing karaoke with the police at a hotel, is seen as controversial for a number of reasons — the most pressing being the COVID-19 outbreak. The Hongkong government has already advised that that non-essential gatherings should not take place but because the video is undated, there's now a fierce debate online on when the party happened. One netizen wrote, “If the party took place after the health emergency was announced, then everyone who was present is very irresponsible. There’s no need to live in fear, but to blatantly hold such a large-scale gathering is inappropriate, to say the least.”
Also, tensions between pro-democracy supporters and the Hongkong police have been at an all-time high since the 2019 Hongkong protests. While there have been some celebs, like Alan Tam, Kenny Bee and Tony Leung, who have openly shown their support for the police, many stars have wisely steered clear of the topic. And now netizens believe that this video reveals which celebs are actually pro-police, which has elicited comments that they are "in support of police brutality".
There were also many netizens who, for some reason, wondered who settled the bill. “It probably wasn’t cheap for them to have this party. It could be a problem if it was proven that the bill wasn’t split evenly among everyone who attended. You guys know what I’m talking about, right?”
Hongkong media outlets have since been blasted for uploading the video without furnishing their readers with more details, as they only shared that this dinner and karaoke session took place after a friendly football match between the stars and the police officers.