15 May – Alan Tam recently expressed his confidence that the commemorative vinyl release of "Polygram 50: Half Century of Songs" and its upcoming 50th anniversary concert will not be affected by his unpopularity with a certain segment of the Hong Kong public.
As reported on Mingpao, the singer who appeared at a press conference held to announce the news alongside fellow artiste Kenny Bee, stated that despite allegations of them supporting the Hong Kong police and the One China Policy, they only have one philosophical position - that is to respect everyone.
"We respect each and every one of our friends. They have their decisions, opinions, points of views. Only some people don't respect us. It's hard to say," he said.
When mentioned that the people online are against them, Alan simply responded that opinions differ.
"Of course, we hope that they will always be our fans. It's best not to link entertainment to politics, but Hong Kong would always need the rule of law. This is how it has been, and it will never change," he said.
It is noted that Alan and Kenny sparked the wrath of Hong Kong protesters last year after appearing at a police event to express their support for the authorities amid allegations of police brutality. Former fans went to the Victoria Gardens following the news and decided to vent their dissatisfaction by smashing Alan's albums, as well as albums of his band The Wynners.
In February this year, he was again blasted by netizens for participating in a gathering between celebrities and the police and even sang together with Police Commissioner Tang Bing Keung, known for being a hardliner in the 2019 Hong Kong Protests.
When asked about the said dinner with the police commissioner, Alan explained that celebrities would play football every week and have dinner with the opposing team. The singer added that he came that day to thank them.
"We didn't know about it beforehand," he added.
(Photo Source: Mingpao)