Gillian poses

After remaining silent for Chinese New Year, the anime loving “Kira” released new sets of pictures featuring more of Hong Kong’s favorite stars Gillian Chung and Cecilia Cheung (people say she’s the equivalent of Lindsay Lohan over there). A Maggie Q sex tape was rumored to have been posted on a large forum, but was quickly taken off by forum moderators. Batgwa.com suggests a showbiz insider is spreading these pictures since an individual emailed them pictures to one of their addresses that was never publicly published and was only used for media contacts.

“We are incredibly curious to know who sent us this message. The email address it was sent to has never been listed on the ‘Contact Us’ or ‘About Us’ pages of our website. It has only ever been given to music and film companies for them to send us press material. And we have only ever used it to send out press releases to other media outlets such as newspapers.”

Even CNN reported on the scandal sweeping a nation. In any case, Edison Chen is in hiding as is Gillian Chung. Bobo Chan’s wedding has been called off at the behest of her fiance’s mom or grandma. Edison has also been dropped from Stephen Chow’s movie, Jump. I don’t know why the media is chastising Edison for this. Over here in America, when an actor tapes himself screwing the biggest celebrities in the country, every guy he meets on the street will give him a jumping high-five and every girl he filmed will get even more movie deals and record contracts.

Finally, I offer you this quote from a commenter by the name of YM.

It’s a PR disaster. They should not have claimed that the photos were faked in the first place. That drew a bunch of Photoshop experts to the scene and delivered crash courses on Photoshop techniques. Not to mention an even bigger audience who came for more earthly purposes than to learn Photoshop 101.

They should not have cried bloody murder in such high pitch to attract police attention. You know, police in HK are so servile these days. So they made arrests like crazy, and their false interpretation of the laws muddled the distinction between “crime and sin” which ended up attracting even more people to speculate on the what, who, when, where, and how.

You have to take a look at the sheepish smiles of the police spokesman when he clarified that sending those pics to your friends is okay, but not to the public…(Aside: so those asking for their mailbox be filled may be setting traps for you.) and that there are thousands of those pics, not just a handful.

That kicked off the witch hunt for the rest of the pics – precisely why most of us are gathering here day in and day out.

Pity that the HK police had to pull up the Interpol stunt which failed to ward off the crowd anyway.

The updated uploads are probably due more to making protests to the police’s actions than to serve the public’s interest in this matter. If the photos were taken from EDC’s hard disk back in 2006, there is high chance they’ve been spreaded around for some time already. So there’s no surprise that people more knowledgeable in Internet hide-and-seek will come up to challenge the HK police.

BTW, EDC was using a Mac – running an OS with much acclaim of its security – yet won’t stand a chance with a clean boot CD to reset the admin’s password. Probably the word “encryption” is beyond EDC’s English standard, and the product “truecrypt” escapes his technical radar screen, if any.

It’s a good PR lesson. Usually PR disaster were due to doing too little too late, with an intention to hush up. Yet this saga is totally the opposite – people are doing too much too soon and in such a loud voice too.

So, what have we learned? If you’re going to make sex tapes of your girlfriends, be sure to use True Crypt 5.0 and if they’re leaked, run as fast and as far away as possible. Also, make sure you trim your bush. That part is probably the most important.

Untagged versions of the new pictures [Megaupload | Rapidshare | zShare] Thanks Mr. X.