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Law Kar-ying Apologises For Saying Late Queen Elizabeth's "Blessings" Turned Hong Kong Into "Paradise On Earth"

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Law Kar-ying Apologises For Saying Late Queen Elizabeth's "Blessings" Turned Hong Kong Into "Paradise On Earth"

On Sep 13, Liza Wang's husband Cantonese opera artiste Law Kar-ying, 75, took to Weibo to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II

In his post, which included a selfie of him paying respects to the Queen at the British Consulate General Hong Kong, he mentioned that he was seven when the Queen ascended the throne, adding that she's "watched him grow up and grow old" over the past 70 years.

Kar Ying then went on to say that "with [the Queen's] blessings, Hong Kong has turned into a paradise on Earth."

However, Kar-ying's post did not sit well with Hong Kong director Clifton Ko, 64.

Kar-ying's tribute to the Queen

On the same day (Sep 13), Clifton wrote a post that appeared to be directed at Kar-ying. 

"Without the struggles, hard work and self-reliance of Hongkongers, there's no way Hong Kong would be a paradise on Earth," he said. 

And what does Kar-ying have to say in response? 

Kar-ying says he's Chinese and he loves his country

The next day (Sep 15), Kar-ying posted a video to say that "forgetting the  sacrifices of his ancestors is something [he] cannot bring [himself] to do."

He then reiterated that "[he] is Chinese, and will always love his country."

He also acknowledged that he should have put more thought into the way he phrased his tribute. 

Some netizens have defended Kar-ying, saying that he was merely paying respects to an elder who has passed on, and that Clifton read too much into his words. 

In response, Clifton said: "I have deep respect for big brother Kar-ying's love for the arts. [I] just felt that that post was inappropriate and wanted to share my personal thoughts."

Photos: Chinapress

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