Anthony Wong (黃秋生) voiced out some criticism of the 2015 StarHub TVB Awards, which aired in Hong Kong on Sunday, November 1. The TVB awards ceremony, which celebrates the TVB programs that had aired in Singapore in 2015, temporarily took over the time slot of Lord of Shanghai <梟雄> when it broadcasted on Sunday, prompting Anthony’s attention.
The Lord of Shanghai star said he was quite surprised and impressed with some of the singing performances on the show, but was taken aback when he heard a certain male artiste speaking very bad Mandarin.
Anthony wrote on his Facebook, “That kid not only has a bad voice, he also has bad Mandarin, but of course, that won’t affect his popularity. Làmā (辣媽) became lǎma (喇嘛). At least hire a teacher to touch up his Mandarin.”
As Anthony did not mention the name of the artiste, this led to speculation that he may be talking about Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) or Tony Hung (洪永城), both actors who have spoke rather poor Mandarin that night.
In regards to this news, Ruco Chan replied, “I never said those words.” Tony Hung, however, said, “It seems like he’s talking about me, but I will not respond!”
The press contacted Anthony by phone, asking him to clarify. Anthony said, “I really don’t remember that guy’s name, but his Mandarin is really not good. He wanted to call [the two presenters] ‘hot mama’ (辣媽), but it became ‘lama’ (喇嘛) instead. I was shocked. Those two women also looked shocked. Mandarin is a language that we must know how to use in this industry, especially if you want to dig gold in the Mainland. You cannot be lazy about it! Find a teacher!”
The reporters then suggested that maybe the artiste is too busy to hire a language teacher, but Anthony retorted, “Then I’ll tell the director that I haven’t memorized the script because I was too busy! Or the chef didn’t cook because he was too busy! The athlete didn’t go to practice because he had no time! How is this possible? This is part of your job! But whatever. This won’t affect his popularity. Just say I am an old man who likes to complain and grumble a lot! Make sure to write down I said that!”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.