I had to play rugby at high school – running up and down the field shirtless, being hurled to the frost-frozen ground by massive low-IQ brutes. It taught you to brush off trivial slights. But in Hong Kong, where we accept worker deaths with a stiff upper lip, hurt and humiliation from the South Korean sevens tournament Anthem-Gate outrage continues.
It seems a ‘junior staff’ up in Hermit Kingdom googled ‘Hong Kong anthem’ and used the – indisputably anthemic – protest song. Whoops.
HK Rugby Union, Asia Rugby and The Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China all join the mass panty-wetting. Lawmakers too. A whole litany of mouth-frothing here, in which: Starry Lee wants an apology to the Chinese nation; Junius Ho demands that the Hong Kong Rugby team be disbanded (for not reacting with appropriate horror when Glory was played); other legislators and pro-Beijing groups insist on a diplomatic confrontation with Seoul, suggest suspension of rugby sponsorship by HSBC, and march on the Korean consulate. The Standard story adds that the Chief Secretary has complained to the Korean consul, while all-seeing Ronny Tong says the choice of tune was ‘definitely not unintentional’. And the government orders the police Organised Crime and Triad Bureau to…
…look into the matter to investigate any breaches of the National Anthem Ordinance or any other legislation of Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong National Security Law.
(The hoo-ha occurred in Incheon.)
For my part, I will not start my next batch of kimchi until next week (waiting for weather to cool a bit, anyway.)
The Standard editorial reminds us that a Kuwait sports event once accidentally played a mock Kazakhstan national anthem from the movie Borat.