Restaurateur Kenny Wee (黃浩) has been throwing his legal weight, pressing charges against Eric Tsang (曾志偉) for physical assault and Oscar Leung (梁烈唯) for defamation. The squabbles had Eric spinning a “crap-eating dog” story and Oscar an exploitative “locust” story, expressing their annoyance over Kenny Wee.
When Kenny claimed that Eric had slapped him at a wedding in early December, Oscar stepped to Eric’s defense and called the restaurateur for having “persecutory delusions”. Kenny gave Oscar until the afternoon of Christmas Eve to apologize to him, otherwise he vowed to sue Oscar for defamation.
Story of Locust
At a Commercial Radio Hong Kong (CRHK) interview to promote new TVB drama, Friendly Fire <法網狙擊>, with his costars on Christmas day, Oscar showed no fear and spun an elaborate story about a locust, a common annoying insect.
As might be expected, the topic was steered to the purported lawsuit. Oscar did not answer directly if he had apologized to Kenny, instead he went into details of what he did on Christmas Eve.
“Everyone must be curious what I did on Christmas Eve, right? I was home the whole day! I was busy cleaning my house. I even wiped my windows till there’s not a speck of dirt on them! In the evening, I relaxed and watched television. That’s when I heard a thud outside my windows. When I went up to take a look, I saw a locust-like bug lying unconscious outside. It must have wanted to fly into my house, not realizing there’s a window there because my cleaned windows are so clear!”
Elaborating further, Oscar had wanted to save the bug but decided against it as he “felt the bug was incurable.” “Then Batman came and ate up the bug!” Oscar finished with a smug. With that, everyone on air applauded.
Earlier in the year, an advertisement ran in Apple Daily in Hong Kong, showing a gigantic locust overlooking Hong Kong. Ever since then, “locust” became a derogatory term used commonly by Hong Kongers to refer to Chinese immigrants who go into Hong Kong, occupying their houses and land, taking advantage of Hong Kong’s welfare and healthcare systems. It is defined as, “An invader who exploits and takes advantages of a city yet refuses to contribute.”
Oscar: “I Have Freedom of Speech”
Oscar did not name names nor did he further explain his locust story, but his distaste for Kenny Wee is apparent. Instead, he declared that Hong Kong has always been a city that allows freedom of speech, which allows him to make comments about current news in Hong Kong. As a result, his comments towards Kenny should not be constituted as defamation.
Throughout the radio interview, Oscar appeared playful and relaxed. Although the lawsuit came about because he had defended Eric Tsang, Oscar has not been in contact with Eric. Oscar brushed the matter aside, saying it is not worth spending too much time on.
Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.