Hong Kong actor needs to learn respect

  • By Li Kuan-long 李坤隆

Hong Kong actor Wong He (王喜) arrived in Taiwan on April 3, later writing on Facebook that he experienced a profuse nosebleed after a medical professional gave him a reaction test in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan. Photographs of his bloody nose and description of his “appalling” treatment have sparked controversy on the internet.

“Some staff members offered to stop the bleeding and change masks, but they were rejected by Wong, Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.

However, Wong was quick to hit back on social media, saying he turned down the offer because he was given a roll of “toilet paper”, which he refused out of “common sense”.

As confirmed cases rise again, it’s understandable that the public will feel restless. Nevertheless, at such a critical time, everyone must remain calm more than ever.

People shouldn’t be surprised that Wong made a big fuss about the incident, because it’s the nature of an actor to be “dramatic.”

The last thing he needs is for his histrionic storytelling and behavior to create panic.

After all, Wong committed a few transgressions during the incident.

First, he called the healthcare worker a “murderer” in his job.

“The murderer fled the scene, while those who remain do not know the name of the murderer and only know that she came from a hospital,” he wrote.

It is simply unacceptable that Wong does not apologize for his misconduct, as it is a grave insult to the healthcare profession.

The hashtag #IdonotknowChuangJen-hsiang in his post was either impertinence or blatant provocation. Of course, he has a right not to know Chuang, but his hashtag was just gratuitous.

Without Wong’s fame, such a small mistake would never have sparked such a passionate reaction, and I wouldn’t have known if it hadn’t been for the controversy.

People should respect each other by default. When others don’t respect us, we don’t respect them either. It is true that the healthcare worker made a mistake, but Wong’s appalling reaction and response is so intolerable that even Hong Kong actor Chapman To (杜汶澤) asked Wang to “respect the culture and customs of ‘another country’ on social media.

Taiwan is grappling with its worst COVID-19 outbreak since May last year. If Wong’s behavior had other repercussions, I doubt he can take full responsibility.

Li Kuan-long is a lecturer at Kaohsiung Campus of Shih Chien University.

Translated by Rita Wang

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