Recently, Hongkong singer Miriam Yeung posted a throwback photo from her showbiz debut 25 years ago on her socials, reminiscing about the days when she was a newbie trying to make it big in the industry. It was a seemingly innocuous post, but it was soon overrun by netizens who decided to quote a particular line from Miriam’s self-titled song, 'Miriam Yeung'.
While these comments might look like a way for netizens to pay homage to Miriam’s illustrious career in showbiz at first glance, the line netizens chose tells a different story.
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You see, the line translates to “If [you] could be open and honest, you will be more attractive”, and it was used as a way to criticise the 46-year-old for her comments regarding the Hongkong pro-democracy protests.
In June last year, Miriam had uploaded a post that was widely believed to be in support of the pro-democracy protests on her Instagram. A month later, the singer claimed that her IG had been hacked. Her management agency later uploaded a statement, asserting that they are "vehemently against the fabricated reports that Miss Miriam Yeung supports the Hongkong independence movement”.
This drew heavy criticism from those who supported the pro-democracy protests in Hongkong.