Date
17 August 2017
An unidentified protester comes in for online derision after slipping up in a TV interview. Photo: YouTube, TVB
An unidentified protester comes in for online derision after slipping up in a TV interview. Photo: YouTube, TVB

Loose lips sink credibility of HKFTU protester

A slip of the tongue brought one woman in for online ridicule Sunday when she confused television viewers about which side the Occupy Central line she stood on.

The unidentified woman told a TVB reporter that she was taking part in a Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions rally to “support the government”. “That means that I support the anti-central government [side],” she said.

She went on to say that “this is too violent, those legislators are … what … throwing here and there …and arguing … that’s not peaceful, so I support Cheung Yung’s peaceful proposal.”

In the interview’s subtitles referring to “Cheung Yung”, TVB inserted the characters for Robert Chow Yung, founder of Silent Majority, a pro-Beijing group opposing the Occupy Central movement. 

TVB aired the full confusing clip in the morning but cut it entirely in the main newscast at 6pm, which usually attracts the biggest audience of the day.

The federation organized the rally to protest against the “violence” and filibustering in the Legislative Council.

Online commenters were quick to tease the woman, describing her as an extra who had messed up her lines. Others said she was unprofessional for not learning her lines before going to the march.

An Apple Daily commentary said the woman may have been one of a flock of sheep following the commands of others and not there as a result of her own convictions.

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