"Inbound Troubles" 3 Episodes, 64 Complaints; Wong Cho Lam: Based on Netizens' Comments & Current Events
Friday, January 18, 2013
TVB comedy series Inbound Troubles has caught a lot of attention due to the incorporation of China & Hong Kong current events -- "rude tour guide" and "famous brand stores refuses to let HK people take photos", which has displeased many local viewers. Just after three days since the series premiere, TVB and the Broadcasting Authority received 64 complaints. Viewers were upset that the story widens the China-HK controversy, insults HK people and beautifies Mainlanders. One is example is a scene where the tour guide, Angela Tong, takes her tourists from China to buy gold, she saw Mainlander Wong Cho Lam take out a bag of RMB (Chinese yuan), then went forward with her arrogant attitude towards him. Wong Cho Lam just quietly said there needs to be "harmony".
Inbound Troubles producer Wong Wai Sing expressed the story came from a real life case, but he hopes the audience will just finish watching the whole scene before discussing. When asked if Wong Cho Lam created his own lines? He expressed: "He was part of the production team, the 'harmony…' catchphrase is not to beautify China people. Shouldn't people from China and Hong Kong be in harmony anyway?"
Wong Cho Lam was on CRHK for a radio interview. In regards to the recent complaints, he expressed: "While the series was in production, it was all copy without thinking, the content includes what Netizens' comments and what was written on the news. The dialogue all came from what everyone had said before. As for insulting HK people, that depends on how you see it. If you watch attentively, it is pretty funny, like you're insulting yourself. It's unfavorable on both sides. (Will this affect your work in Mainland?) Not at the moment, the majority are rational. This time, the news I chose were the really popular ones in Mainland and the ones with intercommunication between Hong Kong and China. For example, the D&G tourist incident, everyone knows what happened there. (If there are more negative feedback, will the scenes be cut?) No, the series starts off using the China-HK hot topics, then Ivana Wong and her cousins get into a fight and next week Wong Kwong Leung will come to HK. Soon there will be more comedic scenes."
It was reported Netizens turned Fat Girl Siu Bo ("Sai Sai Lap") into HK Golden's Goddess? Wong Cho Lam laughed: "I'm very happy, some people say she beats Fun Lo. When I first saw her, she's not just chubby, but also a pretty girl. Online, netizens compare her to Bernice Liu and Christine Kuo. This time, it also proves audience can accept some special artists."
Source: Oriental Daily, Mingpao
Translated by: aZnangel @ AsianEU Forum
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