Friday, January 15, 2016

The Case of the Disappearing Pig

One can be forgiven if one thinks that the pig is a loathed animal in Malaysia. Not only is Sus scrofa domesticus ‘haram’ to Malay-Muslims but even pictures depicting the hog is objectionable – if the Malays are not offended, their Chinese apologists certainly are!
 
That perhaps explains why GSC Movies deleted the pig character from billboards advertising the Hong Kong action fantasy film ‘Journey to the West – The Monkey King 2’ which is due to be screened come Lunar New Year on February 08, 2016.
 
This particular movie is a loose comedic re-interpretation of the renowned novel Journey to the West – a Chinese mythological novel written in the sixteenth century during the Ming Dynasty.
 
Anyway, the original movie poster showed the monk Tang Sanzang and his three disciples Monkey King Sun Wukong, Sha Wujing and Zhu Bajie. Zhu Bajie, who is part human and part pig, is pictured on the left of the Monkey King in the poster but is missing on billboards in KL. See photo below:
 
The disappearance of the pig character from billboards has invited derision from netizens, most of whom agree that the removal of the character is foolishly ridiculous. A sample of social media posts had made fun of the issue:
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GSC Movies were quick to step forward to point the finger at themselves. Chinese daily Oriental Daily News quoted their distribution manager Hou Xiu Chang as saying that they made the decision to remove the pig character based on “the business model and actor prominence” – an explanation which was absolutely nonsensical.
 
And then she showed herself to be a bigger buffoon when she insisted that the company did not have any hidden agenda in keeping Zhu Bajie off the promotional materials. Now, she has made Malaysians wonder.
 
I have always maintained that Malaysia is suffering from a stupidity epidemic. It is obvious that Hou has fallen victim to the same stupidity infection!
 
Actually, pigs are featured in my favorite movies! Check them out here:
 









 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For sure, Malaysians are becoming more and more hypersensitive. Believe me, things can get a lot worse in the next couple of years. Or can I be positive? Just two years, given that we will have GE14 in 2018?
 
According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Pig shall arrive in 2019 – and what if BN are still in power? You never know what's going to happen.

I wouldn't be entirely shocked if Malaysian Chinese may be told to celebrate this particular Lunar New Year discreetly. 
 
We can't have grunts and squeals and snorts and oinks reverberating around the country in case we antagonize some Malay-Muslims who fear their faith will be subverted. I hope I am wrong though. I genuinely hope so!

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