採訪/易如 編輯/張天宇 後製/鍾元
“Chapman Tos" Responds to CCP’s Strong Censorship
Along with the expanding influence of Hong Kong artists’
“strongly supporting" Occupy Central,
Chinese authorities have not only taken measures upon
these artists, acts which include media criticism,
complete blocking of their news across all media channels,
as well as intimidation and other such forms,
they even described the artists supporting Occupy Central
as “ungrateful" and “Chapman Tos" on the official media circuits.
However, these suppressed Hong Kong artists do not flinch,
but instead make public responses to the authorities:
less money does not matter,
and values are more important than money.
On Nov. 1, Hong Kong entertainment star Denise Ho,
who strongly supports the Umbrella Movement,
attended a hairstyle soiree, in a stunning pink dress,
she was greeted with great cheer from the fans gathered.
However, contrary to past celebrity meetings, media were
nowhere to be seen.
This makes the public wonder, is it due to Chinese authorities
recent “ban order” put out on the internet?
Denise Ho made comment, that since she publicly expressed
her support to the Occupy Central Movement,
she has not received the relevant performance invitation
from Mainland China.
Due to the recent sharp decline in her workload,
Denise self-deprecatingly called, “strike for a month".
Meanwhile, facing such strong censorship from the CCP,
Denise optimistically said:
“I will do what I think is the right thing",
“how much money a person can make is not important,
what’s key is good values, which is more important than money."
According to “Wall Street Journal", Denise has an eighty
percent revenue from Mainland China,
but even facing the “blocked" intimidation by the CCP,
she still fearlessly moves forward.
Freelance writer and former journalist Liu Yimin of “China"
magazine based in Wuhan City:
“A person should maintain their proper standpoints
in front of the cardinal choice.
They should not speak out against their conscience.
They should not like those Mainland Chinese entertainment
stars who keep silent about Occupy Central.
I think we need to show our own point of view,
whether you can defend the viewpoints or not,
you have to have your own independent voice,
this what an independent artist does."
Not only does Denise encounter such goings on, but all
other Hong Kong artists who support Occupy Central,
also have had the same experience.
It was reported on Oct. 21, that Chinese authorities issued
a so-called “not recommended" list of all Hong Kong
and Taiwanese artists who supported the Occupy Central,
it includes : Chow Yun Fat, Tony Leung, Andy Lau,
Anthony Wong Chau Sang, Anthony Wong, Denise Ho,
Chapman To, Zhen Ni, Mayday lead singer Ashin,
Zhang Xuan, Hins Cheung, Giddens and other famous artists.
They are not only blocked by the Chinese authorities
of all their artistic activities in Mainland China,
it is even said, that these artists will not receive any
further coverage in Mainland China over the coming years.
Mainland Internet writer Jin Chu: “An artist may have
a lot of fans and admirers.
When the artist stands out and supports Occupy Central,
then they may have great impact upon the society.
CCP feels panic and threatened by this, then CCP will
surely suppress such people.
They will forbid their works being publicised in China
and prohibit them conducting any performances.
Because the market in Mainland is vast, this is regarded as the
punitive measures upon such artists."
So what has been the reaction from these talented people who
now find themselves on the “blacklist” in China?
International movie star Chow Yun-Fat quite easily replied:
“It is just a little less money!";
Denise Ho had a short writing piece on her Facebook account:
“How glorious I am blocked and censored
due to my supporting the Hong Kong people."
Artist Anthony Wong Chau Sang said:
“If having a bowl of rice needs to betray the dignity,
then I’m sorry.
Your bowl of rice is too expensive, and I cannot afford eating it,
and neither can my family.
We are artists with conscience rather than beggars."
In addition to taking the usual means of censorship,
the Chinese authorities also, at full steam,
attacked the artists who support the Occupy Central movements
on all major official media.
On Oct. 23, the CCP’s mouthpiece Xinhua Net published
a commentator’s article entitled “Chapman Tos, never expect
to eat our meals when you ruin our pots."
The article accused: “‘Chapman Tos’, have you ever thought:
the favour of a drop of water has been rewarded
with the gratitude of a fountain of water."
“‘While making a lot of money, while BS-ing back’,
do you owe the country which nurtures you?"
Before the artists who supported Occupy Central had chance
to respond to such remarks,
mainland netizens have been running out of patience,
and have spoken ironically of the CCP officials.
Some netizens commented: “We have to figure out
who eats the meal of the CCP and who eats the meal
of the taxpayer?
Does the treasury money come from the CCP membership fee
or from taxes?
As a taxpayer, (I) can confidently say: never allow (you) to eat
people’s meals as well as smash the pots of the people."
Interview/YiRu Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-Production/ZhongYuan