Hong Kong-based actress Franchesca Wong Yuen-wah who performed the lead in a tv drama “Barrack O’Kama 2” has apologized for darkening her pores and skin to painting the function of a Filipino home helper.
The tv drama confronted backlash after Wong wore brown face for her character as Filipino home helper “Louisa.”
“I sincerely apologize to all who’ve been negatively affected in any approach by the seventh chapter ‘Jei Hei’ of the Barrack O’Karma 1968 drama sequence, and my function in it,” Franchesca Wong stated in an announcement posted on Instagram on Wednesday, April 20.
Nevertheless, the tv community TVB had but to subject an announcement.
Portraying a coloured face that isn’t yours — whether or not brownface, blackface, yellowface — is taken into account racist because it mocks, dehumanizes and belittles different cultures.
The Hong Kong actress stated it took a while for her to “course of her feelings, mirror” and needed to communicate to members of the neighborhood and take heed to the “many voices” who reached out to her.
“I’ve realized by way of this incident that professionally making an attempt my greatest to research, interpret and act a given function to satisfy the storyline, is simply a part of the job,” Wong stated.
Wong, who can also be a Canadian citizen, stated it has been a “difficult expertise to be on the heart of a lesson that artwork displays deeply entrenched social attitutes.”
“I genuinely haven’t any intention to disrespect or racially discriminate any ethnic group, please forgive me for getting it flawed,” Wong stated.
“I’m really sorry that my insensitivities have offended and harm. I’m dedicated greater than ever to utilizing my appearing for the nice of the neighborhood,” she added.
The Philippine consul basic to Hong Kong had earlier slammed the TVB drama sequence as “downright ignorant, insensitive and completely disgusting.”
“It can’t be denied that the portrayal of the Filipino elder and use of brownface reinforces destructive stereotypes that characterize the ‘Ban Mui’ — an offensive Cantonese slang,” Consul Basic Raly Tejada stated.
Asian Migrants Coordinating Physique, an alliance of non-government teams of migrants in Hong Kong, additionally stated they’re “very offended” by the TVB sequence which portrayed migrant home helpers as “dark-skinned liars, seducers and witches.”
“We’re affronted by means of ‘darkish pores and skin’ as a tool to painting a home employee. This isn’t solely inaccurate, as not all home employees have darkish pores and skin tone, but in addition outright racist. Such portrayal performs up the discrimination (migrant home employees) face each day in a so-called fashionable world metropolis like Hong Kong. It sharpens the division between us and our employers and stirs up bias towards MDWs, as if we’re totally different beings,” the group stated.
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