HONG KONG – Comedy megastar and auteur Stephen Chow declared his support for former Hong Kong chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, one of the two candidates in the running of the next Hong Kong chief executive, in a firm yet wise-cracking public announcement delivered in his signature deadpan style.
In his position as a member of the election committee in the performing arts subsector for the next Hong Kong chief executive, Chow, who knows Tang personally, stated he admired Tang’s broadmindedness and openness for accepting different views and propensity for soliciting comments from various walks of life.
“Tang’s open-minded personality and stance is imperative to creative freedom and freedom of speech,” Chow said.
When asked about the veiled attack by Tang’s opponent Leung Chun-ying of Tang being “stupid” without naming him, Chow, who has a reputation for not suffering fools, replied after a well-timed pause and with a smirk that betrayed a little incredulousness at having to state the obvious, “but I wouldn’t be friends with stupid people.”
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