Date
22 May 2017
The naked man was videotaped doing push-ups in front of a tripod-mounted camera on a sidewalk in Mong Kok. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
The naked man was videotaped doing push-ups in front of a tripod-mounted camera on a sidewalk in Mong Kok. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

Naked man does push-ups on sidewalk in Mong Kok

First, it was an elderly man in jeans and a T-shirt pole dancing on the street in San Po Kong.

He was doing it as a morning exercise, observers figured.

Now a man aged between 30 to 40 has been seen doing push-ups naked in Mong Kok, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

Could he have been doing it as a political exercise?

A netizen surnamed Wong was already at work at around 7 a.m. Monday when she looked out her office window.

She saw a man, bottomless and wearing only a coat, setting up a camera on a tripod on the sidewalk on Nathan Road, not far from where violent clashes took place between protesters and police on the night of Feb. 8.

The man took off his coat, went in front of the camera and started doing push-ups.

He then returned to the camera to check on the images it had captured.

The man repeated this drill three or four times before packing up his gear and leaving.

The entire exercise lasted about 10 minutes.

Wong, who captured the incident on video, said she suspected that the man was doing performance art or was carrying out some sort of assignment.

“It was highly inappropriate, as he was on a busy street in a public place with many people around,” she said.

Contemporary artist Ou Zhihang from Guangzhou is well-known for performing push-ups naked at scenes of controversial news events, but it has yet to be verified if he was the man captured on Wong’s video.

It all started in 2008, when a secondary school student in the mainland was drowned in a river.

Rumors had it that she was raped and killed by the son of the county’s vice mayor.

The county government defended the suspect, saying he had been doing push-ups on the riverside.

Soon, the term “push-ups” became widely used to refer to government officials covering up for one another.

Since then, Ou has often been seen performing his naked push-ups at places associated with some kind of injustice.

He was seen in Hong Kong a few times over the last few years, including outside a Dolce & Gabbana store when the Italian brand allegedly discriminated against Hongkongers by refusing them entry; Golden Bauhinia Square in front of government headquarters; and the Occupy protest site in Admiralty.

Ou told Apple Daily on one of those occasions that it took him less than 10 seconds to strip, do his push-ups and put his clothes back on. He said he felt uncomfortable not doing it.

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