As most of you probably know, the annual Shanghai Film and Television Festival is currently being held this week in China and with the number of TVB artists who have gone up North to ‘dig gold’ in the Mainland, of course it’s no surprise that quite a few current (and former) TVB artists were in attendance at the festival. Well, since the event is sort of a big deal in China and many industry people would be in attendance, it’s also not surprising that TVB’s ‘top brass’ Virginia Lok would be in attendance as well – plus many of the TVB artists who went were among her ‘favorites’ in terms of current and/or former biological sons/daughters (for example: Charmaine Sheh, Kevin Cheng, Myolie Wu, Bosco Wong, Moses Chan, etc.), so of course she would go there to show her ‘moral support’, right? (for those who didn’t notice, I’m being somewhat facetious here…)
Anyway, I normally wouldn’t give a damn about Virginia Lok attending whatever event, however one thing she said while being interviewed by reporters at the festival really bothered me and so I felt the urge to ‘rant’ about it. Among the many things she said (and she said quite a lot, but mostly in regard to the artists she was there to support, which I don’t care much about), below is the part that got me ticked off:
"Towards the 'poaching' of artists by rival stations in recent years, Virginia Lok used the phrase 'iron-clad TVB, running water generals' to describe the situation. She expressed that artists 'jumping ship' is not enough to make them [TVB] fearful because the artists that the other stations 'poached' are not the best ones -- the most popular siu sangs and fa dans are still with TVB."
(Source: Excerpted from Mingpao article)
First of all, for those who are probably thinking this might be another instance of the Media ‘twisting her words’ – well, I can tell you that it’s not because I’ve read several accounts of what she said from various news sources as well as watched clips of it on TV / internet and pretty much all of them relay the same message. (I had actually read similar comments from her when I was catching up on Weibo yesterday, but waited to say anything until I had better ‘confirmation’ that she actually did say what she said). So for the reasons I stated just now, I am making the determination (for myself) that the words above did indeed come out of VL’s mouth.
Ok, so with the ‘validity’ piece squared away, here’s my reaction to what VL said: BULLCRAP!!!! (sorry for the strong language but just had to get it out of my system). What does she mean by the artists who left not being the ‘best ones’? And the comment about TVB being able to retain the ‘most popular’ siu sangs and fa dans so they have nothing to worry about? What an arrogant, distasteful, abhorrent ‘cheap shot’ at the artists who formerly worked for her! For someone in her position (top management at TVB), I would expect for her to ‘know better’ than to ‘diss’ her former employees like that in public – so unprofessional! (believe me, I should know, since I’m in a high level management position myself). Besides, what she said was a lie anyway because many of the artists that left TVB WERE the ‘best ones’ that they had (nice of her to completely ignore that fact, huh?) Now, I understand if the artists themselves talk crap about other artists or about their current / former employer because they are not in positions of authority anyway and can pretty much say whatever they want (yup, that’s the reality, people) – but as a top executive of the ‘number one’ TV station in HK, she more than anyone should be watching what she says. Judging from many of VL’s comments from the past few years though, it’s obvious she doesn’t get this concept (which further reinforces my long-held opinion that she is not fit for her job and should have been fired a long time ago).
I mean, come on, let’s face it – from an acting / talent perspective, almost all of the artists who left can run circles around those ‘pretty boys/girls’ of hers any day! Felix Wong for example – don’t tell me he is not a better actor than all of those untalented pageant winners and all those other ‘pretty boy’ artists that TVB loves to promote! And in the ‘popularity’ category – find me a follower of Chinese TV series who did not like or remember Felix as Kwok Jing in TVB’s 80s version of LOTCH (many people still affectionately call him ‘Jing Gor Gor’ to this day – almost 30 years later!) or his memorable performance as Ding You Kit in LBIA! (Basically, find me anyone who doesn’t feel that Felix Wong is ‘popular’!!). Or how about Bowie Lam – talented, award-winning, and highly sought after not just in HK but in Mainland China as well as other Asian countries. Oh and what about all those veteran ‘supporting actors/actresses’ who joined CTI (i.e. John Chiang, Paul Chun, Shek Sau, Savio Tsang, Samuel Kwok, etc. – or pick a name from the list here)? What, just because they normally play ‘supporting’ roles that means they can’t act? Um, hello, most of those ‘supporting’ artists were playing lead roles before most of us were even born (and most of TVB’s current siu sangs/fa dans were probably still in diapers)!!!
Stupid witch! Hearing VL spew such crap makes me despise her even more than I already do (if that’s even possible considering how much I already hate her…LOL). As a long-time supporter of TVB, it’s disappointing for me to see such inept, crappy management running the station to the ground! If that’s the type of nonchalant, arrogant attitude that TVB is going to take in the face of the impending TV station battle, then they absolutely deserve whatever demise they have coming to them!
[For the record….as much as I’ve been a supporter of TVB over the years and I want to see them improve, it should NOT happen at the expense of the rest of the HK entertainment industry! Besides, what's the point of constantly trying to encourage them to improve through well-intentioned constructive criticism when they don’t give a crap themselves about improving (at least that’s the ‘vibe’ that VL’s comments are giving me)? This may or may not change my ‘perspective’ about TVB and the battle of the TV stations, but it certainly does dash any inkling of hope I had of TVB perhaps wanting to change for the better!]