‘Blatant racism’: Hong Kong TV sequence ‘Barrack O’Karma 1968’ receives flak for actor carrying brownface


The idea of ‘Asianfishing’, whereby people of non-Asian descent use make-up, clothes or different means to look East Asian, shouldn’t be new within the leisure business. For lengthy, it has been used to stereotype a selected part of society. A couple of months in the past, Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma was known as out for sporting a ‘brownface’ for her character within the movie Chakda Xpress,

And now, a Hong Kong TV sequence is going through backlash over the usage of ‘brownface’ after one in all its actors darkened her pores and skin with make-up for her function as a Filipina home employee. For the unversed, ‘brownface’ is known as make-up performed to darken one’s face and different uncovered pores and skin to mimic the pores and skin tone of an ethnic or racial group.

“I am transforming into another person,” actor Franchesca Wong, who seems within the present Barrack O’Karma 1968 with visibly darker pores and skin, mentioned in a Twitter video as she utilized make-up. “I am sun-tanning right now.”

After the episode aired on Tuesday, a number of individuals took to social media to name out the casting of a Hong Kong actor over an precise Filipino to play the character, and for blatantly reinforcing the destructive stereotypes related to Asians,

“The Hong Kong media is raving about the performance of a local actress painting her face dark to play the role of a Filipina in a TVB series. I didn’t watch the show (not planning to) but this just feels so wrong. Why does this still exist in this day and age?,” Vivienne Chow, a journalist wrote on Twitter.

Many individuals expressed their displeasure over the ‘brownface’ within the remark part of the actor’s Instagram put up.

“How are some individuals so blind to blatant racism lmao. Really disappointing,” a consumer wrote.

Another consumer commented: “Disappointing to see so a lot of my very own unable to acknowledge the issue of brown going through, stereotyping, and the overwhelming quantity of informal casteism,

“If you are going to characterize a marginalized inhabitants that’s topic to systemic casteism, you might want to do higher (ie characterize them with dignity and respect). Not this brown face stereotype. This is simply embarrassing and outdated for the HK TV business and anybody concerned,” one other remark learn.

Raly Tejada, the Philippines’ Consul General in Hong Kong, expressed his considerations in a Facebook put up and wrote, “The present is downright ignorant, insensitive and completely disgusting. It can’t be denied that the portrayal of the Filipino helper and use of brownface reinforces destructive stereotypes that characterize the ‘Ban Mui’ – an offensive Cantonese slang.”

“Recent world occasions ought to have taught TVB that it’s unacceptable to assign a corresponding social worth to a selected race. You haven’t any proper to mock and mock individuals based mostly on their race and ethnicity,” he added.

After receiving flak, TVB defended the present’s storyline and known as it “simply a dramatic story-plot based on creativity”.

“TVB has always strived to provide top-notch entertainment experience for our viewers and we wish to emphasize that it was never our intention to show disrespect or to discriminate against any nationality in any of our programmes. We would like to express our concern to anyone who might be affected in this matter,” the broadcaster advised CNN,

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With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS

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