The Me Too (#MeToo) movement, which started in 2006 but turned viral in 2017 following the Harvey Weinstein accusations, became a worldwide phenomenon. After the movement took over Hollywood, many Hong Kong actresses followed their lead, and shared their own experiences with sexual harassment on their social media platform. Here are 10 celebrities’ #MeToo experiences:
1. Regina Ho (何依婷)
The Miss Hong Kong 2017 runner-up said she was recently cyberflashed with an unsolicited picture of a man’s sexual organ on Instagram. She had received several of those pictures over the years, and also received an offer to a BDSM party.
“I really felt like I had to wash my eyes,” she said. Regina then added jokingly, “I hope everyone will keep warm. Wear more clothes.”
2. Louisa Mak (麥明詩)
The Miss Hong Kong 2015 winner and current legal consultant was one of the first Hong Kong celebrities to publicly talk about her own sexual harassment experiences on social media. “It happened more than once,” she said. “Some I couldn’t have prevented; others I could’ve prevented if I realized what was happening.” Netizens asked her if she had pursued legal action. She said, “The incident happened in the mainland, so there’s no jurisdiction in Hong Kong.”
She then shared a copy of her police report to prove that an incident did occur. The indecent assault case was submitted in 2017.
Through her experiences, Louisa learned the importance of being able to physically defend herself. “I’m not saying I want to be strong enough to defeat a man, but I need to know just enough for me to create an opportunity of escape. I’ve been learning jujitsu for several months.”
3. Sammi Cheung (張秀文)
The Miss Hong Kong 2010 runner-up shared that a kitchen worker brushed her butt with his hands when she walked past him. She was still in high school at the time. Feeling both anger and fear, she turned around and saw the man give her a smug look before turning away.
“As a girl you must protect yourself well,” she said. “If you stay quiet, that just gives them more confidence to keep going!”
4. Momo Wu (吳沚默)
The Big White Duel <白色強人> actress shared that she went through two different sexual harassment experiences in one day. “Girls be careful,” she said. “I’m super angry now. Don’t let sister see you again!”
“It happened twice in Causeway Bay,” Momo said. “The first time the passerby suddenly stuck out his hand to touch me. I stopped him to yell at him, but as he has traits of Down syndrome, I decided to no pursue the matter further. The second time occurred in the bathroom. He was wearing a face mask with a camera. He saw me and said he didn’t know it was a female’s bathroom. He left before I could say anything.”
Momo added, “It basically doesn’t matter how a woman dresses. There’s no reason for her to experience sexual harassment or violence. That’s why it’s important to educate the men, and teach them how to protect women. You can’t just keep telling women how they should dress. I was already being very careful.”
5. Jinny Ng (吳若希)
The singer said she had received pictures of sexual organs before. She usually ignores them and blocks the users.
6. Vivian Chan (陳慧敏)
Vivian Chan shared her experience of being sexually harassed by a teacher while traveling in Egypt. The man first befriended her and said he would be taking her to the home of an old woman living alone. He then said he would help her massage her shoulders and forcibly pulled up her shirt. “He unbuckled my bra and suddenly lifted me up. His private area touched me three times.”
“He repeatedly touched my back for 10 minutes,” she continued. “I was petrified. I was so scared, the kind of fear where you really couldn’t make a sound. Horrible images would appear in my head. What if he was a perverted killer?”
After the incident, Vivian hailed a taxi to driver her back to the hostel. “I felt like my soul left me. The more I think about it, the more mad I get. Why couldn’t I say no at the time?”
7. Heidi Lee (李靜儀)
Super Girls member Heidi Lee talked about reading harassing comments online, some which said they wanted to “make love” with her.
“It’s basically sexual harassment,” she said. Asking if she had deleted those comments, she said, “No. I just pretend I didn’t see them.”
8. Shirley Yeung (楊思琦)
The former TVB actress said she’s had several experiences where people would “accidentally” brush over her chest and buttocks while filming. She also shared a horrible experience of getting suddenly embraced by the CEO of the brand she was endorsing. He also forcibly kissed her. Shirley didn’t know what else to do but smile painfully.
9. Vangie Tang (鄧穎芝)
Vangie had a stranger touch her chest while she was filming a show in Phuket, Thailand with a friend. “I was shocked,” she said. “I just stood there. I didn’t know what to do next.”
10. Snowy Bai (白雲)
The former TVB actress shared a candid photo of a man on social media, and said he had inappropriately touched her. “This afternoon as I was crossing the street, the man in this story photo suddenly ran to me and grabbed my arm. He then ran away. I think he did that on purpose. Next time, when I see another woman being treated like what happened to me, I’ll definitely speak up.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.