The skit was a parody of a current performance by popular Malaysian singer Yuna and Usher within the US in June
Usher and Yuna. PHOTO: THE HIVE
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian tv present has apologised following an outcry on social media over a comedy skit that includes an actor in “black-face” make-up pretending to be US R&B star Usher.
The skit was a parody of a current efficiency by widespread Malaysian singer Yuna and Usher within the US in June, the place that they had hugged, sparking criticism in conservative Muslim-majority Malaysia. Malaysia bars hugging, kissing and foul language by performers on stage. It additionally prohibits ladies from baring pores and skin between their shoulders and knees.
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Within the spoof, a lady appearing as Yuna bows in entrance of the comic in “black-face” make-up posing as Usher, as an alternative of hugging him. The video, which was shared extensively on social media, was broadcast on native Malay leisure programme “MeleTOP” on Tuesday.
The present tweeted late Wednesday: “We want to sincerely apologise to Yuna & Usher for our current parody video, which was poor judgement on our half.” “We have now eliminated the video and want to request everybody to not share it.” Many on social media condemned the racism within the parody.
“Yuna made Malaysia proud all all over the world and that is the way you present her your appreciation,” a Twitter consumer wrote. Yuna is a Muslim ethnic Malay whose soulful singing has made waves within the US. She just lately launched a brand new single that includes Usher referred to as “Crush.” The R&B star additionally seems in her music video for that hit monitor.
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Yuna — who swaddles her hair in a classy model of the Muslim hijab head overlaying worn by many Malay ladies — has come far since importing her first track on Myspace in 2006. However she and different Malaysian feminine entertainers typically face criticism from spiritual authorities and on-line trolls over what they put on and what they do.
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