Alternative award show captures Hong Kong people’s need to vent

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 January, 2016, 10:30am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 January, 2016, 10:30am

Hong Kong people must find ways to express their grievances.

Earlier this month, a show produced by multimedia website TV Most captured how Hongkongers really feel about many issues. The show, a satirical awards ceremony titled TV Most 1st Guy Ten Big Ging Cook Gum Cook Awards Distribution, was broadcast live on Now TV and featured songs rewritten to talk about a host of recent controversial issues, such as the banning of large musical instruments on the MTR, the characteristics of gong nui (Hong Kong girls), Hongkongers’ views on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, and the stress and pressure of primary school pupils. We laughed and cried watching the show. What was most touching was Australian-born Gregory Rivers singing about his love for Hong Kong – in fluent Cantonese. The whole show made us feel “We are Hong Kong”.

I think one reason the show got such a huge response is the failure of traditional media to reflect the true feelings of Hongkongers. Many media outlets now avoid reporting on political controversies as they don’t want to shoulder any risks. This makes Hong Kong people feel like they are losing their voice and freedom.

The recent disappearance of Lee Bo and other booksellers have also made people afraid, and we’re starting to lose confidence in the mass media and in the Hong Kong government. We need to find a way to regain our faith in Hong Kong. The TV Most show has helped us to do that.

Hongkongers are not satisfied with what’s been going on, and we need to voice our objection to these abnormal and ridiculous cases. More social media platforms can be assembled for people to express their views. The more platforms there are for letting off steam, the less negative emotions Hongkongers will accumulate.

We can’t be sure that TV Most will host another edition of the show next year, but we all now understand that Hongkongers need to find ways to vent.

Maggie Chan Hiu Suet, Cheung Sha Wan