A Cambodian actress was banned by the country’s Culture and Fine Arts Ministry from having anything to do with the entertainment industry for a year because she was “too sexy.”
Denny Kwan said she was schooled by the ministry “like a daughter” when it determined that she had violated a code of conduct.
She told Cambodia Daily that there are many artists who do more than she does, such as those who are kissing and “being erotic.”
The 24-year-old actress, who has more than 300,000 followers on Facebook, also told the Phnom Penh Post:
“I know it’s my right to dress how I want, but our culture, Cambodian people, cannot accept it. I will now try not to be sexy as I usually am when I post on Facebook.”
The ministry, which remained firm in its decision, argued that Kwan failed to keep a written promise made in May that she will not be dress in sexy attire. Chamroeun Vantha, ministry adviser and chief of disciplinary council, stated (via Daily Mail):
“The council members decided to punish Denny Kwan by not having any activities in the entertainment industry for one year, such as filming, karaoke and singing performances on TV.”
Pon Putborei, spokesman for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, echoed that Kwan should be sensitive of Cambodia’s culture.
Meanwhile, critics found Kwan’s punishment “appalling and ridiculous.” Thida Khus from women’s rights group Silaka commented:
“This situation only happens to women, and it’s gender discrimination. It’s a violation of gender equality. Women are the ones prone to this.”
Khus added that blocking Kwan from getting work is another form of discrimination. “This is a failure from the government by not exercising its duty in protecting people from gender discrimination.”
Kwan vows to quit being sexy within the year. Hopefully, she survives.