If you don't want to air your dirty laundry in public, don't talk to reporters. It's elementary but somehow people keep forgetting it.
Take the case of wealthy and flamboyant businessman David Chor Ki-kwong, who has obtained a temporary court injunction to remove a video depicting the life of his pampered but lonely wife, titled The Life of a Hong Kong Tai Tai. He is seeking a permanent injunction, against which the journalist, Lorea Solabarrieta, is fighting.
Few people knew of the existence of the 12-minute video clip, which lingered for many months last year on YouTube with a small number of viewings. You would have thought Chor could let sleeping dogs lie but no, he insisted on taking legal action. As a result, everyone now knows about the clip, which has been viewed more than 85,000 times.
His lawyer told the court that the video had caused him embarrassment and that Solabarrieta had breached a confidentiality understanding between them. It's doubtful the video could have caused more embarrassment than what he is doing now.
The clip features his wife's privileged lifestyle such as having a pedicure and manicure, exercising in a gym, and displaying their Ferrari and her collection of Hermes and Gucci handbags; nothing you wouldn't expect from any self-respecting tai-tai.
The only mildly revealing moment is when she breaks down in tears, complaining her husband is a busy man and does not spend much time with her. Again, such family arrangements are nothing unusual for many a local tai-tai. But that was probably what Chor's lawyer meant by "embarrassment" for his client.
Our wealthy elite have gone into high gear to provide tabloid entertainment for the rest of us.
Cecil Chao Sze-tsung's offer of half a billion Hong Kong dollars to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter, Gigi Chao, has made the playboy tycoon (in)famous the world over. Chao probably rather enjoyed the publicity, unlike Chor. But all this just proves the old saying that common sense is not all that common.
As for Mrs Chor's complaint about being lonely, I suggest her husband spend less time in court and more time keeping her company.