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In Post-Game Interview, Hearthstone Player Calls For The Liberation Of Hong Kong

During the Hearthstone Grandmasters, Hong Kong player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai-chung appeared on an official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream in a gas mask and called for the liberation of his city.

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The gas mask was similar to that which the protesters in Hong Kong have been wearing. As our colleagues at Gizmodo report, anti-mask measurements have been instituted in Hong Kong, banning the protesters from obscuring their faces.

Inven Global reports that Blitzchung removed the gas mask and said, “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!”

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The two casters on the stream hid underneath the desk, apparently wanting nothing to do with the player’s statements. According to Inven Global, they told him, “OK, that’s it, Blitz bro.”

The stream then quickly cut to a commercial.

Blitzchung issued the following statement to Inven:

As you know there are serious protests in my country now. My call on stream was just another form of participation of the protest that I wish to grab more attention. I put so much effort in that social movement in the past few months, that I sometimes couldn’t focus on preparing my Grandmaster match. I know what my action on stream means. It could cause me lot of trouble, even my personal safety in real life. But I think it’s my duty to say something about the issue.

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The official Taiwanese stream has since removed the clip, but this being the internet, it has been preserved and shared online.

October 29 - 4:01 AM EST: The word order of Blitzchung’s name has been corrected.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Last week’s South Park episode seems all the more relevant when weighed against this story, the immediate backlash the Houston Rockets faced when a member of their staff posted in support of Hong Kong, etc.

I’m all for letting other nations handle their own internal disputes, but the way China attempts to strong-arm nations they have economic partnerships with into toeing their party line publicly is just beyond the pale. We here in the US are far from innocent, particularly in that our current President has attempted to use economic strong-arm tactics to get his way with any number of our foreign trading partners, but we do not generally just outright demand that partner nations and private entities within those nations give vocal support to a specific political line in exchange for business (well, okay, Trump does, but that’s mostly about having those foreign partners talk about what a special big boy he is, rather than voicing support for specific political actions).

TL;DR: Stuff like this really separates the folks with ‘Tegridy from those without.