TVB’s new weekly drama, Shades of Life <我們的天空>, airs every Sunday evening with each episode dedicated to a different story that reflects Hong Kong’s society. The second episode received an average of 24 viewership points and peaked at 25 points, which is a 6-point increase from its premiere week. But despite its rising viewership, the series in general has already garnered heavy criticism and received over 1500 complaints.
Viewers claimed the series’ content to be biased and inaccurate, misleading its audience. Furthermore, they claimed the series demonizes the people of Hong Kong and undermines the city’s international image. In contrast to TVB’s earlier promotions stating that the series truly reflects Hong Kong society, viewers believe certain scenes distort societal situations instead.
Other complaints stated the series features poor content and is of low quality. Some pointed out there is political propaganda involved. Many viewers claimed they were simply disturbed and felt uneasy while watching the series. Three complaints were directed solely at the second episode, titled Same Root. Oceane Zhu (朱璇) starred as a young mainland mother facing a new life with her daughter in Hong Kong. Viewers mainly criticized its failure to accurately capture Hong Kong’s current social situation.
In response to the heavy volume of negative feedback, Deputy Director of External Affairs, Tsang Sing Ming (曾醒明), stated, “Shades of Life – Same Root realistically reflects personal problems of Hong Kong citizens. No matter who you are, the series hopes to have everyone care for our society. The producer of the series, Franklin Wong (黃華麒), has already predicted differences in opinion towards stories that aim to reflect reality.”
This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.