Why Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau should have watched his words on Lantau reclamation
I am writing in response to Andy Lau Tak-wah featuring in a promotional video for Our Hong Kong Foundation and its proposed mega reclamation project, the Enhanced East Lantau Metropolis (“Hong Kong star Andy Lau voices support for land reclamation in promotional video”, October 3).
Lau, who is among Hong Kong’s most recognisable movie stars, did an emotive voice-over for the video from the foundation founded by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, where he encouraged citizens to support land reclamation. After the video was posted online, it created a lot of buzz, and some criticised Lau for having anything to do with it (“Carrie Lam: Andy Lau and I are victims of cyberbullying”, October 20).
I agree that Lau should not have lent his voice to such a video. I believe celebrities should always maintain a neutral stance in public. As they are well-known and popular, they have great power over the thoughts and opinions of the public, and can easily affect decision-making. This, of course, is why they are sought-after as brand ambassadors and product endorsers. But celebrities should steer clear of political issues or matters that can take on a political colour, as their opinions can influence others. They should mind their words and act as exemplary citizens.
Shirley Lau, Tseung Kwan O