Benjamin Yuen Gets in Heated “Nachos Dispute” at Movie Theater
During a private screening event of Avengers: Infinity War, a dispute occurred involving Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪) and an employee who works behind-the-scenes in the entertainment industry. The employee posted the incident online and scolded Benjamin’s rudeness.
The employee did not directly name the actor involved, “From what I’ve heard from many TVB veterans, this rising actor has a bad attitude. I experienced it myself first hand today. Before the movie began, my friend was talking to me. This actor thought my friend was staring at him and has already been mean-mugging my friend. When the movie started, I was eating chips that I bought at the theater. He used a very rude and nasty tone and said to me: ‘You need to be quiet!’ I can confidently say that I did not create any unnecessary noise. Perhaps [this actor] can demonstrate how to eat chips without making any sound? If you are so afraid of noise apart from the movie, why don’t you reserve the entire theater room to yourself? I wasn’t talking, nor was I checking my phone and causing any disturbances. Everyone who was sitting in that theater room that day were invited to the private screening. In other words, we are all colleagues [within the entertainment industry]. How famous do you think you are to warrant speaking to people in such a rude way?”
Benjamin Yuen’s Defense
Many were curious as to who the alleged male actor was. However, the unidentified artiste did not remain a mystery for long. Benjamin Yuen stepped forward to clarify the matter and posted his own defense statement. “Firstly, I’d like to express my apologies! However, I need to clarify something. I did not look at them in an unfriendly way. All I did was quietly say: ‘Excuse me, could you be quieter?’ in the ear of the person eating nachos and was ruffling through the packaging. At the time, this person reacted courteously. Towards the last scene of the movie, this person’s friend suddenly turned to me and loudly said: ‘If you’re such a big shot, you should reserve the whole room to watch the movie! I have never heard of anyone not letting people eat while watching a movie! What kind of big star do you think you are? If you’re so great, why do you need to get free tickets to watch the movie?’”
Benjamin continued, “I was getting a bit angry at the time. However, all I did was turn towards these people and say to them: ‘I apologize for earlier. I already politely and quietly asked!’ The other person said: ‘Alright! I will definitely post this incident online. Just know that the people sitting next to you are not some insignificant nobodies!’ I just calmly nodded and left with my friends. I want to again clarify one point. I didn’t let you not eat! I only wanted you to think about others and eat quietly, so that others can enjoy the movie. Besides, we were all invited to the private screening as guests, so there is no high or low status! Lastly, I did not want to bicker with you all. I only want to defend myself against such negative news. Regardless of whether you are from within the entertainment industry or not, I just want everyone to be reasonable and respectful of one another. Thank you.”
Priscilla Wong Supports Benjamin Yuen
When Benjamin’s friends read the posts and learned of the incident, many voiced their support. Mary Hon (韓馬利) wrote, “I know what kind of person you are and you would definitely not give such an attitude to others. I support you 100 percent!”
Good friend Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) said, “If there is something wrong or if he seems something immoral, Benjamin would definitely say something. He is a straightforward person. I think a lot of people should learn from him. He has not ever lost his temper with me before! I will call him to understand the situation.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.