Every Hong Kong citizen has the freedom to express his/her thoughts online except for the celebrities, as a reckless comment will make one condemned forever. Since 12th June 2019, everyone has gone through lots of experiences and some artistes have the courage to discuss about it. Kirby Lam (林秀怡) is one of them and posts online messages to encourage people to register for the citizenship lately. On 13th August, she was absent from the promotion activity for Our Unwinding Ethos (十二傳說) drama and stopped hosting a music show (樂勢力) suddenly after 6 years.
The interview was conducted in mid July and Kirby expressed she had no work after promoting TVB show, Raymond’s Taste Buds II (輝哥為食遊II). When mentioned about the post on Instagram, Kirby said: “I admit I am quite reckless but is it really a taboo? As an artiste, I cannot even express my thought?”
Apparently, Kirby is given some opportunities such as playing the second lead role in My Commissioned Lover (婚姻合伙人) and Our Unwinding Ethos drama, and hosting Raymond’s Taste Buds II program. Perhaps “A” grade actress might not be given the same chance. Because of the commotion in the society, Kirby posted a message on Instagram and confessed about her reckless action: “I assume nobody will notice my post until it is reported in the news article. I am keeping quiet after realising my mistake. Honestly, everyone should know my thought now and many netizens understand our situation as artistes. Thank you.”
Looking back at Kirby’s message on Instagram, it looks gentle and is not provoking at all. She is only concerned about her home: “I seldom show concern but will think about the next happening as my country is in a chaotic situation now. Why? I believe everyone is curious about it and has different perspective and understanding.”
Kirby joins TVB at 17 years old without any connections and and does not come from a rich family. She even worked as a server in order to become an artiste and is finally given an opportunity after 10 years. However, Kirby might pay for a heavy price and this incident marks as an end to her career. Nevertheless, she did not feel any regret: “No choice. Whatever happened has happened. I have not delete the post and the company did not reprimand but remind me only. It is showing concern for me and I am considered lucky as many colleagues are still waiting for the chance. I have no idea if I will be given any work in the future but remain positive and used to hardships. I am a fool and should expect somebody might take note of my post. (Delete it on Instagram?) I did delete my Instagram stories but the content of the message does not matter. I am helping the government to promote only. (It might mark the end of your career?) It does not cross my mind and is meaningless to worry about it now. Everyone has different perspective and hopes Hong Kong will be peaceful again.”