A YouTube comedian who gave himself a quick shower at the government’s newly opened musical fountain in Kwun Tong may face legal consequences, authorities said in a statement Tuesday.
The fountain closed to the public on Monday “owing to suspected contamination of water with liquid soap, which resulted in a great deal of foam,” a statement from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) read.
LCSD said that drainage work and thorough cleaning will be carried out during the temporary closure.
The controversial “white elephant” musical fountain, which cost HK$50 million (US$6.5 million) in taxpayer money to build, opened at the Kwun Tong Promenade last Thursday.
Standing in front of the fountain on Saturday, local comedian Wong Kar-wai—carrying with him a small basin, liquid soap and a sponge—announced that he would be taking a shower there.
“This is our money [that the government used to build the fountain],” he said, gesturing at the water jets behind him. “Since they robbed us, we have to make the most of this facility, don’t we?”
The video was for 100 Most, a local news and entertainment platform that is seen as “yellow”—or supportive of the city’s pro-democracy movement.
Pink shower cap on and t-shirt off, Wong then walked to the fountain and soaped up, even getting amused children to scrub and massage his back.
A few minutes in, a woman approached him and told him off. “Adults are not allowed to take their clothes off here,” she said.
The video has been viewed over 307,000 times on YouTube since Saturday.
On LIHKG, a popular pro-democracy forum, users said they were buying stocks of Most Kwai Chung Ltd., the media company that owns 100 Most, in support of the platform after the government said it might consider legal action.
By Wednesday afternoon, the stock price had soared to about double of what it was at start of day.
It is unclear when the musical fountain will open. In a statement, the government cited the Pleasure Grounds Regulation, which states that “no person shall bathe, wade or wash in any ornamental lake, pond, stream or water.” Offenders face a maximum fine of HK$2,000 (US$258) and 14 days’ imprisonment.
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