Transsexual Wedding in “Let It Be Love” Stirs Heated Controversy
Gold TVB Producer, Jonathan Chik (戚其義) and scriptwriter, Zhou Xuming (周旭明), jointly created new television drama Let It Be Love <4 In Love>. Following Kenny Wong (黃德斌) and his girlfriend, Janet Chow (周家蔚), eating a meal aboard a bus arousing internet discussion, the third episode staged a transsexual wedding! Unfortunately, the couple ended up breaking up.
Since Hong Kong law has yet to allow transsexuals to marry, TVB’s legal department was called to make changes in the dialogue. Later in the series, Let It Be Love will delve further into the topic of homosexual love, thus the transsexual wedding may be a foreshadowing of further exciting plot development!
In last night’s controversial episode, Kenny Wong attended his friend, Andy’s wedding. At the wedding reception, childhood photos of the bride and groom were shown. One of the banquet guests, Alvina Kong (江欣燕) commented on the bride, Annie’s photos, “How come the bride looked so masculine after growing up?” Kenny Wong replied, “Andy and Annie met at the right time and right place; their meeting was a precious encounter.” A photo of Annie as a man appeared on screen, followed by his transsexual transformation, which resulted in the guests’ uproar! Alvina had a big reaction, “The bride was a man? Annie is a transsexual?” Kenny Wong invited the bride and groom on stage to issue a toast, upon which Annie and Andy kissed on the lips.
Before Annie’s Transformation
After Annie’s Transsexual Transformation
Housewives and Netizens Shocked
After the third episode of Let It Be Love featuring the transsexual wedding was aired, internet forums exploded with heated discussion over the controversial scene. There were housewife viewers who expressed their outcries, which a netizen wrote, “TVB, you are tough, airing a transsexual wedding scene! A man wearing a wedding dress and kissing another man on the lips! TVB, you are strong! I kowtow to you!”
Portraying transsexual bride, Annie, was TVB actor Leo Lee. He was a 2007 Mr. Hong Kong participant, winning the Mr. Popularity Award. Leo wrote on his Weibo blog, “Wow, ha ha, I was at home watching with my eyes closed, afraid to look at the screen! I gave my first onscreen kiss to another man in this manner! I thought that this first kiss [with another man] would never happen [in my life]! As a professional actor, this kissing scene was minor. The most important thing is to stimulate everyone! I will be happy if everyone enjoys watching it!”
Source: Apple Daily
Jayne: Several weeks ago, I read a moving article in East Magazine about a 50-year-old transsexual man in Hong Kong. He was a manager in the banking industry and held a Master’s degree. He was never interested in women, but upon fulfilling his duty to carry on the family name, he got married and had a son. But he was unable to sustain the intimacy between a man and woman; he was not physically interested in his wife.
On a working trip to Great Britain, the man was liberated by local culture celebrating sexual freedom. For the first time in his life, he wore a dress and walked out on the streets, feeling that he was acting his true preferences. When he was a young boy, his greatest joy was putting on his sister’s dresses when no one was looking. After he returned to Hong Kong, the man wanted to continue to wear women’s clothes on the street and he started doing this on a regular basis on the weekends, despite his wife’s increasing cold treatment and cold stares on the street by pedestrians.
After sustaining this cross-dressing habit for a long period of time, the man wanted to push for sexual equality at his workplace, hoping to wear feminine clothes to work. With his lawyer’s involvement, he won the right but eventually resigned from his well-paid position due to negative undercurrent. His wife asked for a divorce, upon which the man felt somewhat liberated and decided to undergo a sex operation to truly become a woman. He e-mailed his son (studying abroad) telling him what he had done, upon which the son never responded to the man’s e-mail. Since the incident, the son has never spoken a word to the father in over a year.
The man felt torn all his life since he was not born a woman, battling a constant desire to be his true self and not live a lie everyday. Finally living a life of his choosing, he lost his wife and son. He said he had no regrets. He said whether he gets married again or not was unimportant and whether his future partner was a man or woman was unimportant as well, as long as they were compatible. He was seeking understanding and acceptance in a partner.
I was quite moved by the man’s sad story. Indeed he gave up everything he had worked for in the last few decades of his life to live a life of his choosing, but at a great cost of his family leaving him. His greatest wish was for his son to accept his father as he is and talk to him again, which was the reason the man accepted the interview with East Magazine, should his son read the interview, he hoped his son would understand who his father truly is.