Sunday, November 05, 2006

The TV bothers me

Since the handover in 1997, HK's government officials have gotten into the habit of hugging and kissing one another on the cheeks in public. Where is this coming from? This was never done in colonial times. A simple handshake would do well back in those days.

Now, everyone's doing it. Arthur Li hugging Fanny Law. Donald Tsang kissing Margaret Chan. For fuck's sakes someone please put a stop to this madness. It makes me cringe everytime I see it. Reason number one (only need one): they always look so awkward when they do this. Like they don't know where to put their hands, couldn't decide whether to have actual skin contact when they kiss, and should it be just the hug and pat on the back or kiss as well and if kiss is it gonna be one or two or three? Most awkward is when members of the opposite sex are doing this. I mean, it is just, so, so, unnatural.

Another disturbing phenomenon is that they have brought back on TV the gov't propaganda featuring China's national anthem, complete with the singing and lyrics. Now when they first started showing this, the gov't received numerous complaints because of the graphic and inappropriate and irrelevant nature of the lyrics:

Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves;
With our very flesh and blood
Let us build our new Great Wall!
The Peoples of China are in the most critical time,
Everybody must roar his defiance.
Arise! Arise! Arise!
Millions of hearts with one mind,
Brave the enemy's gunfire,
March on!
Brave the enemy's gunfire,
March on! March on! March on, on!

After the wave of complaints they produced a music only version, accompanied by great views of the Great Wall on a great sunny day, fantastic colourful dragon dances, shiny happy Chinese people looking fabulous..... Then, they brought this back.... In the latest TV clip, they show innocent and happy and upright looking school children singing, smiling. Building "our" new Great Wall with our very flesh and blood?????
Brave the enemy's gunfire?? What the fuck? And where the hell are we supposed to be marching on to?

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