Let's get one thing straight, I have great sympathy for Ah-Gil (full name Gillian Chung Yan-tung), the pixie-like member of the bubble gum duo Twins. It's not kosher to peep on someone and it's worse still to take pictures and publish them for all to see. It's appropriate then that there should be outrage over the private pictures of the singer splashed across an issue of Easy Finder. But at the risk of taking an unpopular stance, celebrity intrusions happen every day. Ah-Gil's personal space was certainly invaded, but the tabloid media in Hong Kong is no better or worse than any place else where freedom of the press reigns. It's the nature of the beast. You have the good with the bad. There are socially relevant news programmes such as 60 Minutes in the US, but you'll get the National Enquirer chasing Paris Hilton to find out which shipping heir she's dating next. The issue in this case is not of celebrity but privacy. Tabloid tales of starlets seen secretly in hotels with tycoons or embarrassing telephoto images of famous people in unguarded mundane moments all constitute invasion. The big question is what degree of taste or inappropriateness can we tolerate? Yes, secreting a camera in a changing room borders on the criminal, yet the grainy pictures actually shown are far from explicit. I know, I know, that's not the point. But it does make me wonder whether more scandalous pictures were held back because the tabloid decided it was in too bad taste to run them (Nah, doubt it. They would've just blurred the dirty bits and that's it). Still, in an age when celebrities have had their homemade sex videos exposed on the internet, our little controversy seems like a tempest in a teapot in contrast. The mass gathering of entertainers showing support for Ms Chung is heartwarming, but there's also something sanctimonious about the event. That it was turned into a broadcast for TVB's pay-per-view entertainment channel is a bit convenient. A station executive blasted the 'indecency' of the magazine, which is like the pot calling the kettle black. The network is hardly known for smashing sexual stereotypes. Take, for example, what the station has prepared for the grand finale of its Jade hit show Beautiful Cooking. For those who haven't seen this masterpiece of quality broadcasting, it consists of inviting attractive female entertainers, often with little or no culinary skills, to prepare dishes using unusual ingredients. Three male judges then ridicule their efforts, often spitting out the food. The finale will take place on a beach in Thailand with the female competitors clad in bathing suits for the grand cook-off. That's almost as tacky as an Easy Finder photo spread. The other irony about the celebrity press conference is the little known fact that Chung's group Twins is part of the Emperor Entertainment Group, which is owned by tycoon Albert Yeung Sau-sing. A magazine Yeung ran called Eastweek got into trouble in 2002 when it published a nude picture on its cover of an unnamed actress which was reportedly taken when she was kidnapped. Now one of his artists finds herself in a not too dissimilar predicament. What's that saying about chickens coming home to roost? I usually gag when I hear celebrities whine about the injustice and ill-treatment allegedly meted out to them. Little Ah-Gil deserves to feel peeved in this case, but it's too easy to just label Apple Daily head Jimmy Lai Chee-ying as the villain. Readers are just as much willing accomplices by buying such low-brow fodder. The good thing for Chung is she managed to escape with a lot less flesh being revealed than previous celebrity victims. Consider the storm back in 1984 when then Miss America Vanessa Williams was stripped of her crown when her nude photos appeared in Penthouse. That didn't deter her from enjoying a terrific music career. Neither did the homemade sex video affect Paris Hilton from getting even more undeserved fame. Dare I say it, this might be the thing that revives the Twins' flagging career.