Despite the fact that in Hong Kong the measures for recently arrived visitors have been tightened in recent days, the authorities have allowed Nicole Kidman to skip the established quarantine, which can last up to three weeks for residents of the area and that for Australians are stipulated in 14 days.
The interpreter, according to the website HK01, is in the autonomous region to record Expats, the Amazon series that adapts the novel by Janice YK Lee that delves into the complicated relationships of three American women who live in the same small expat community in the city.
Faced with the discomfort that has woken up in networks seeing Kidman shopping and filming in the former British colony of Hong Kong for the alleged preferential treatment he would have received, The South China Morning Post has released a statement from the Hong Kong government confirming the preferential treatment without mentioning Kidman. In the text, he responded to “inquiries about the quarantine exemption of foreign recording personnel filming in Hong Kong” and assured that Kidman’s team “has obtained permission to travel to Hong Kong with a quarantine exemption in order to carry out designated professional work, bearing in mind that it is conducive to maintaining the necessary functioning and development of the Hong Kong economy ”.
The ‘double standard’ for Hollywood
Kidman’s case is not the only one that has drawn criticism for alleged preferential treatment of celebrities since the pandemic broke out. Last summer, Brad Pitt’s trip to his chateaux in France it was highly questioned by the French press: “How could you get around the ban for a romantic getaway?” FranceR24. “Does Pitt’s trip mean that someone with his wealth and fame can bypass the travel restrictions? Or did your team find a legitimate loophole? ”They inquired in the text.
Despite the global sympathy aroused by the double coronavirus infection of Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, in Australia even politicians publicly questioned that the couple did not pass the mandatory quarantine in the installations required by the government to newcomers and, directly, land in a luxury hotel on his return to filming the biopic of Elvis. “The double standard is shocking: it shouldn’t be one way for big names and celebrities and another for everyone else,” Queensland Assembly Member and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington told the Sydney morning herald about the Hanks case. “Every day, Australians cannot choose where they are quarantined, and neither can celebrities,” he added.
The youngest of the Kardashian clan, Kylie Jenner also got her thing when, when draconian travel measures to the European Union in the summer of 2020 hit Americans, Jenner posted some vacation photos from Paris. Regarding this phenomenon of famous and powerful skipping quarantines like the rest of mortals, The Washington Post public a report where they offered answers: since the restrictions were implemented, in the US the rental of private jets and luxury companies has exploded to be able to move around the world with hardly any restrictions.