Hong Kong’s decision to grant Hollywood star Nicole Kidman an exemption from quarantine so she can film a series about the lives of wealthy ex-pats has angered residents.
Hong Kong is witnessing one of the most stringent and lengthy quarantine measures in the world and requires people arriving from countries considered to be at high epidemic risk to self-quarantine for 21 days in a hotel, but the authorities allowed the 54-year-old actress to bypass these procedures.
The Bureau of Trade and Economic Development confirmed that the Australian star and other members of the film crew were exempted for “specific professional work”.
The tabloids have followed all of Kidman’s looks since her arrival on August 12 to Hong Kong in a private plane from Australia, and her most prominent activities are shopping two days after her arrival and then starting to shoot in the Sai Wan neighborhood on Hong Kong Island.
Nicole Kidman is the executive producer of the “Expats” series, which is inspired by Janice Y. Kay Lee’s 2016 book about the luxurious lives of three American women in the city.
Since Kidman’s arrival, there has been a lot of comments on social media about her exemption from confinement and the wealthy foreign elite living in Hong Kong.
A large number of angry comments were posted on Facebook through the widely-followed “People in Quarantine in Hong Kong” group page, which focused on the fact that foreigners residing in the city had not seen their families for nearly two years due to the measures.
Beijing MP Elizabeth Coate said she was “concerned about this exemption granted by the government,” noting that she had “received a number of complaints from Hong Kong residents.”