“中環我至靚”報紙專欄之死

April 8, 2012

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I am glad the newspaper column “Central, Hong Kong Pretty Girls” (“中環我至靚”報紙專欄) is finally “dead” (last column 2012年01月27日) after my previous article “中環我至靚 – 蘋果日報 與 新聞自由” urging (although I am sure they didn’t cancel the column because of my complains),

“I am a keen observer of pretty girls in HK and around the world. Unfortunately today, against my better judgement, I will argue the Hong Kong newspaper Apple B.B. Daily should voluntarily stop taking photos of some of these pretty girls (中環我至靚) in Central, Hong KongYes, some of these photos taking and publishing has to be stopped!  Especially many of the photos that I love the most. Isn’t this paradoxical?

Now, after watching Bill Cunningham New York (2010) multiple times featuring Bill from New York Times, I can finally articulate why I did not like 中環我至靚.

First of all, I LOVE pretty girls which is why I HATE the way Apple B.B. Daily has objectified them. To me, pretty girls on the street are transitory pleasure that are meant to be noticed and paid attention to for a few seconds and then left alone. We, the readers, were implicitly invited to judge (agree or disagree) the “beauty” of the girls in the photo. WTF did these girls do to deserve Apple B.B. Daily singling them out for judgement including personal ridicule?

Have a watch of the following documentary about Bill. You will see that Bill‘s “On the Street” column featured the dresses, colours, shoes, etc etc. But never the judgement of the “beauty” of the ladies/gents in his photos. In fact, Bill resigned from “from Women’s Wear Daily after his illustrated celebration of fashion across class lines was rewritten as a snobby put-down.” Reporters and editors of Apple B.B. Daily, learn some journalist integrity from Bill!

Well, let me challenge Apple B.B. Daily in creating a brand new Sunday column as fun as and as insightful as Bill Cunningham’s New York Times “On The Street”. And please cut the crab in the phoney voice over and be fair and level minded for a change. I am no expert but you know who you can learn from right?

Bill Cunningham New York Trailer

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中環我至靚

December 3, 2011

For the record. [HT LW]

中環我至靚 – (左丁山) – 2011年12月03日

蘋果日報 B叠有一個圖片專欄,「中環我至靚」,日日有一張中環 OL靚女相片,華洋不拘。左丁山問過張老總:「中環雖然有好多靚女出沒,但日日影到一張相,幾難為攝記大佬嘅噃?點樣做法?」張老總告知:攝記唔易做,日日企在娛樂行外吼,舉起相機拍照,如果靚女願意合作,就會企定定任攝記影完又影,否則怒目而視,又不時有巡警出現,懷疑攝記會影女士裙底,趕佢走,於是攝記唯有打游擊,去吓 IFC、中環中心呢啲有大群 OL嘅地方。讀者日日睇到一張靚相,其實張相得來不易。
上星期五朝早,睇「中環我至靚」,覺得位靚女有啲面熟,但醒唔起係邊個,後來俾記者G睇,佢立即大叫:「哎吔哎吔,靚女咪係新城財經台嘅記者C囉!」咦,係噃,乜咁蹺呀,相片在中環中心外拍攝,竟會影到一位朋友,自己識得嘅,機率應該好低啫;既然識得,記者G送張蘋果去俾記者C,記者C見到又係嗌咗一聲,不敢置信,佢話唔記得在甚麼時候俾人影咗喎。記者C來自南京,在中大讀完新聞碩士後就到新城財經台互聯網電視以普通話報導財經新聞。
中環中心偏近上環,冇置地廣場或 IFC咁顯眼,大廈內有好多國際公司,譬如基金、律師行、金融等等,「金融時報」香港辦公室以及星展銀行總部就在此大廈,平時上午九點前上班繁忙時間,可以見到唔少美女 OL,至於「蘋果」攝記若在此企定定,是否會有好收穫,咁就要講運氣撞手神咯。
賓架P係攝影高手,佢教訓過左丁山,影相不能靠手神,要靠耐性與不斷嘗試,佢每年到外地拍攝大自然嘅相片,有時為咗要等角度、天色與陽光,往往用幾小時嚟拍一張照片。聽佢咁講,左丁山就想起在中文大學新亞書院之「天人合一」水池拍照,自己從未影到靚相,次次都係背光,人在水中央,影到似一個黑影,非常之沒趣。「天人合一」風景絕佳,金公耀基稱之為香港第二景,所有到中大參觀之友人幾乎都會到此一遊,但可惜呢,總係難以影到靚相,遺憾也。


中環我至靚 – 蘋果日報 與 新聞自由

August 5, 2011

*** Hong Kong Pretty Girls ***

Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girl - pix 13

I am a keen observer of pretty girls in HK and around the world. Unfortunately today, against my better judgement, I will argue the Hong Kong newspaper Apple B.B. Daily should voluntarily stop taking photos of some of these pretty girls (中環我至靚) in Central, Hong Kong. Yes, some of these photos taking and publishing has to be stopped!  Especially many of the photos that I love the most. Isn’t this paradoxical?

Lets look at some of the photos of the pretty girls in Central, Hong Kong as reported by Apple B. B. Daily. And see if you notice a very important pattern.

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??? Have you noticed a pattern yet? Lets look at some more pictures.

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Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 11Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 12

If you read Chinese, you can see the full Flickr set which I also posted the original Apple Daily text that goes with the photos for added context.

*** Observations ***

As you may have noticed already, the pretty girls in only 3, yes three, out of the above 13 photos actually post for the photos! And as you can read from the Flickr set, only those 3 photos have people’s names attached.

As you see, the other photos are of people talking on the phones or walking on the street simply going about their businesses. I have no indication that these people actually has or has not given Apple B.B. Daily permission to publish their photos on a column dedicated to photos of pretty girls in Central, Hong Kong!

Is this ethical behaviour? How will you react if this is your newspaper? Or if this is practiced in your city/country?

And if you live in Hong Kong, what do you think about this?

*** The Freedom of Press Paradox ***

While I don’t know the specific Hong Kong law but I suspect what the photographers of Apple B.B. Daily have done here are safely within the boundary of Hong Kong law. And I bet a Canadian dollar that a Canadian newspaper can legally take and publish photos of pretty girls standing on a public street too (although I can’t be sure).

The brave men and women of Apple B.B. Daily are truly the pioneers of newspapers and poor-tastes. At the end of day, no one can blame them for their total pursuit of making money through sex and smut at the same time as speaking truth to the powerful Chinese Beijing and HK governments.

Yes, seriously, Apple B. B. Daily do fight for democracy at the same time as they insert B. B. (bouncy breasts) of ladies in bikinis into completely serious news article!

*** Concluding Thoughts ***

Hong Kong is a really vibrant and strange market for newspapers, for both paid and recently free newspapers. Apple B. B. Daily bossman Mr. Jimmy Lai is one of the most intriguing and interesting entrepreneurs in Asia unfortunately the way he runs his newspapers (or allowed his newspapers to be run) just make me sick.


驚艷加驚嚇 – 李碧華

August 5, 2011

For the record. Stay tune for my followup discussion article “中環我至靚 – 蘋果日報 與 新聞自由”.

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驚艷加驚嚇 – 李碧華 – 2011年08月05日

《蘋果》有兩欄目專刊靚女相。 A叠《今日我至靚》多內地佳麗北國胭脂,位位倒模一樣,美是美,風塵味十足,大小明星 o靚模索女叫不出名字來。反而 B叠《中環我至靚》時有佳作,因為是隨街拍,沒有造作亦非人工化, O L、學生、少女,有青春無敵也有清秀可人,某個下雨天,靚女似為陰霾帶來點陽光朝氣,「驚艷」!
大家掀翻厚厚幾叠報紙,未必全可幹掉,夾雜着美女型男當然是調劑,難道得忍受大陸那些指指點點的表叔?或庸碌無能的政客嗎?他日天天要面對馬臉猴腮加表嬸,不如今日讓雙眼吃些冰淇淋好了。
除了今日靚女,更吸引的是靚女的「昨日」。每隔一陣便出現的「整容前後大對照」,看誰「能動的全動過」,還有還原 o靚模「驚嚇真面目」,平面方角扁鼻哨牙彼此攻訐,不止五十步笑百步,還是花崗岩笑大麻石,崩口人笑崩口碗,相煎何太急?忽然來個炫富郭美美,又有裸替變間諜,無奇不有。
沒真假靚女,版面太寂寞。靚仔欄快給力,免落後於形勢。