HK is not NYC: Performer’s karaoke antics on MTR certainly not appreciated

“Brother Ken” unsuccessfully tries to serenade a passenger on the MTR. Via Apple Daily
“Brother Ken” unsuccessfully tries to serenade a passenger on the MTR. Via Apple Daily

He had to say something, what with the singing and the sunglasses, the fedora and the flashing LED lights, there was just too much going on.

And so, the peeved passenger turned to the man with the microphone and chose his words carefully.

“Shut up you motherf****r,” he said, sparking a verbal train carriage spat, footage of which was published by Apple Daily.

The showdown took place on the Tsuen Wan line at 7pm on Tuesday, October 2 and started after the sunglasses-clad commuter, who goes by the name “Brother Ken”, started singing karaoke into his amplified microphone.

Brother Ken, you see, calls himself an “internet celebrity.”

He didn’t appreciate his starpower being shot down.

“You’re so cruel, do you know how you’re so cruel?” he yelled, hurt, back at his critic.

The squabble, which lasted about two stops, didn’t progress to full-blown fisticuffs, though Brother Ken did do a bit of “come at me bro” when he got off at Yau Ma Tei.

The MTR said they didn’t receive any report or complaint about the incident.

While subway carriages in New York City are known for their mix of buskers and beggars, performing in the train in Hong Kong is not allowed, said a spokesperson.

According to the MTR’s by-laws, causing a nuisance, or performing music inside the train or in the station can land you a HK$5,000 (US$639) or HK$2,000 (US$256) fine respectively.

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