The 39 year old TVB actor, Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), was recently awarded the “Most Popular New Artist” award at the J.S.G. Awards Presentation (2020勁歌金曲2020總選). Netizens had recently criticized Benjamin Yuen’s appearance and said he has lost his looks. He had clapped back at netizens and at the award show, he said he had been quietly enduring the negative comments for the past three years, which led to his outburst.
The negative comments started when Benjamin Yuen and his wife, Bowie Cheung (張寶兒), attended the 2020 TVB Anniversary Awards together. Netizens said he had lost his looks after getting married and said he was looking like Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍) and Louis Yuen (阮兆祥).
So Benjamin Yuen responded to these comments and said, “Please continue to criticize me, continue to say I am eating “soft rice” (食軟飯), continue to say I am a gigolo, continue to say I am a freeloader, continue to say my acting sucks. Your negative comments will only make me continue to work harder and be a better person!” He explained that he has to film day and night so his body condition experiences a lot of waves. He said he is working hard to earn money to support the family and that getting old is very normal.
When Benjamin Yuen was interviewed after the awards show, he explained he had endured these criticisms for 3 years already. He said, “It feels like this issue is never ending. I already endured it for a long time. These netizens who criticize me are just a small portion. I didn’t even offend them, but hearing those cruel comments, it would accumulate a lot of negative energy. I don’t want to feel so wronged until I am uncomfortable and unhappy.”