Exiled Hong Kong MPs slam 'insensitive' Nicole Kidman over Expats

Exiled Hong Kong MP slams ‘insensitive’ Nicole Kidman for filming her new Amazon series Expats in the troubled region – after she sparked criticism for gaining a government exception from quarantine rules

Nicole Kidman is again under fire, after sparking backlash in Hong Kong when the local government gave her an exemption from mandatory quarantine rules to film her new TV show, Expats.

Exiled Hong Kong MP Ted Hui has slammed the Australian actress as ‘insensitive’ and has implored her to speak with his group on political issues in the troubled region.   

Hui is part of a collective of MPs who are lobbying for strict measures to be taken against the Hong Kong government by international interests. 

Fire: Nicole Kidman (pictured) is again under fire, after sparking backlash in Hong Kong over receiving a mandatory quarantine exception to film her new show. Exiled Hong Kong MP Ted Hui has slammed the Australian actress as ‘insensitive’ and has implored her to speak with his group on political issues in the troubled region

Hui, who fled Hong Kong and now lives in Australia, told The Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday: ‘What does she have to say to my comrades thrown [in] jail?

‘How insensitive can she be? A lot of people have to flee from Hong Kong, and probably they won’t be able to go back home. But she can travel freely from Australia to Hong Kong, and continue her work and go shopping as if nothing has happened.’  

Hui added:  ‘It’s an endorsement of the Hong Kong situation that says it’s okay, people can live on. It is not. People are in pain or in despair.’

Hong Kong MP Ted Hui told The Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday: ‘What does she have to say to my comrades thrown [in] jail? How insensitive can she be? A lot of people have to flee from Hong Kong, and probably they won’t be able to go back home. But she can travel freely from Australia to Hong Kong, and continue her work and go shopping as if nothing has happened’

Hong Kong Legislative Councillor Priscilla Leung told the paper: ‘Nicole Kidman’s exemption case is not just about politics, it involves the health security issue and is a matter of unfairness’.   

The 54-year-old actress flew from Sydney to Hong Kong via private jet on August 12 ahead of filming her new Amazon Prime series Expats, and is staying at a rented mansion in the city’s Peak district. 

However, she stirred controversy two days later after photos surfaced of Kidman shopping at a designer boutique in the city’s Central district with her bodyguard.

Exempt: Nicole first sparked criticism in Hong Kong after she received an exemption from following mandatory quarantine rules from the local government to film her new Amazon show Expats. Pictured with director Lulu Wang

Hong Kong mandates that international travellers must complete at least seven days of quarantine upon arrival, followed by ‘self-monitoring’.  

However, The Hong Kong government has confirmed it waived these tough quarantine rules for Kidman. 

In a statement to HK01, Hong Kong’s Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said that Kidman received an exemption from mandatory quarantine ‘to carry out designated professional work’.

Excused: In a statement to HK01, Hong Kong’s Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said that Kidman received an exemption from quarantine ‘to carry out designated professional work’ (pictured 2020)

As part of her exemption, Nicole was required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, stay in a ‘designated residence’, get tested for the virus regularly and provide ‘work-related itineraries’, according to Dimsumdaily Hong Kong.  

The news of Kidman’s exemption has sparked backlash on social media, with several Hong Kong locals complaining about the apparent ‘double standard’ enjoyed by the celebrity visitor.  

‘Nice to know that Nicole Kidman isn’t at all mercenary & stands with the people of Hong Kong. Man facepalming’, one raged. 

Backlash: The news of Kidman’s exemption has sparked backlash on social media, with several Hong Kong locals complaining about the apparent ‘double standard’ enjoyed by the celebrity visitor

Opinion: ‘The fact that Nicole Kidman films the series Expats without quarantine already tells the privilege of expats in Hong Kong,’ commented one user on Twitter

Another added: ‘The fact that Nicole Kidman films the series Expats without quarantine already tells the privilege of expats in Hong Kong.’ 

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Nicole’s publicist for comment in relation to this story. 

Expats is based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel The Expatriates, and follows the vibrant and extravagant lives of a wealthy expat community.  

New show: Expats is based on Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel The Expatriates, and follows the vibrant and extravagant lives of a wealthy expat community 

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