- Celebrity doctor Ranj Singh, 43, called out this year's British Curry Awards for its lack of Asian representation and for letting a white presenter deliver a racist joke targeting Indians.
- “When the host is white, the judging panel is entirely white, the performers on stage are over 90% white, are we really representing our community fairly?” Singh pointed out in a tweet on Monday.
- “And to top it off we have a racist joke on stage, and are auctioning off a piece by Winston Churchill, whose relationship with India (and Bengali people specifically) is problematic?” he continued.
- In another tweet, Singh shared a paraphrased version of the guest presenter’s racist joke, writing, “Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it.”
- Singh did not give further details about who delivered the joke at the event, but he clarified that it was not Hugh Dennis, the event's host.
Celebrity doctor Ranj Singh has called out this year’s British Curry Awards for its lack of Asian representation and for letting a white presenter deliver a racist joke targeting Indians.
Singh, 43, attended the prestigious award show, also known as the “Curry Oscars,” in London as a guest on Monday night.
- Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng is facing backlash for his stand-up skit on “The Daily Show” in which he joked “Indians are not Asians” days after former finance minister Rishi Sunak was announced as Britain’s first Asian prime minister.
- Chieng was criticized by many viewers who said his skit was “racist” and “tone deaf.”
- In Britain, the term “Asian” generally refers to South Asians, including Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, as they make up a large percentage of the country’s Asian population.
- Chieng and “The Daily Show” have not commented on the backlash.
Malaysian comedian and actor Ronny Chieng is under fire for his stand-up skit on “The Daily Show” in which he joked “Indians are not Asians.”
Days after former finance minister Rishi Sunak was announced as Britain’s first Asian prime minister, Chieng appeared on “The Daily Show” and joked about how “Indians are not Asians” and how he does not feel represented by Sunak.
- “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is under fire after claiming that Rishi Sunak experienced “racist backlash” as the United Kingdom’s first British Asian prime minister.
- “Watching the story of Rishi Sunak becoming England's first prime minister of color, of Indian descent, of all these things and then seeing the backlash is one of the more telling things about how people view the role that they or their people have played in history," Noah said during his show on Wednesday.
- “And what I mean by that is this: You hear a lot of the people saying, 'Oh, they're taking over — now the Indians are going to take over Great Britain,' and, 'What's next?' And I always find myself going, 'So what? What are you afraid of?"'
- Born in Hampshire, England, to immigrant parents of Indian descent, Sunak was appointed on Tuesday. He took over the position from Liz Truss, who resigned after serving as the U.K.’s prime minister for 44 days, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is under fire for claiming Rishi Sunak experienced “racist backlash” after becoming the United Kingdom’s first British Asian prime minister.
Noah, 38, claimed in his show monologue on Wednesday that Sunak, also the U.K.’s youngest elected prime minister in over 200 years, faced “racist backlash” and xenophobia – something that several people, including members of the U.K. government, denied.
- Instagram user Suraj Patel faced criticism online after uploading a video clip of his brother’s lavish wedding procession.
- "My heart is so full, for my family to have all been here for such an incredible occasion for my brother’s wedding, so much love and energy on the streets of NYC," Patel wrote in the post’s caption.
- The video, which has racked up nearly 20,000 likes and hundreds of comments, shows the participants in colorful garb enjoying themselves in a festive parade with very loud music.
- Some commenters, however, blasted Patel’s family for the party, which appears to have disrupted New York’s very busy streets.
- "Meanwhile the patient waiting in an ambulance, the kid being late for exams and people being late to work Must feel good to encroach on public property and deny equal access to all,” another writer added. “Always need that special treatment by pulling the string. Classic."
A grand Indian wedding celebration filmed on a busy street in New York City has gained both praise and condemnation on social media.
Instagram user Suraj Patel, a lecturer at New York University, uploaded a video clip of the procession, which involved festive people dancing in the streets to popular Bollywood music.
- During Tuesday’s budget hearing of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Filipino Senator Jose Pimentel Ejercito Jr. – better known as Jinggoy Estrada – suggested imposing a ban on K-dramas in the Philippines.
- Estrada, a son of deposed Philippine president Joseph Estrada, left countless netizens upset over his suggestion.
- His nickname Jinggoy became a trending topic on Twitter as social media users heavily weighed in on his comments.
- Estrada issued a statement on Thursday saying that he has nothing against the success of the South Korean entertainment industry. He also acknowledged that there is much to learn from its globally recognized stars.
A Filipino senator faced online ridicule after he suggested imposing a ban on K-dramas in the Philippines.
Senator Jose Pimentel Ejercito Jr., who is better known as Jinggoy Estrada, gave his suggestion during the budget hearing of the Film Development Council of the Philippines on Tuesday.
‘I cannot find the right and common sense’: Olympic skiers criticize Asian Winter Games set in Saudi Arabia desert
- Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it won the bid to host the next Asian Winter Games in 2029 at its planned TROJENA resort that will be completed in 2026.
- The resort is part of Saudi Arabia’s futuristic $500 billion NEOM project.
- “TROJENA will have a suitable infrastructure to create the winter atmosphere in the heart of the desert, to make this Winter Games an unprecedented global event,” NEOM CEO Nadhmi al-Nasr said.
- Several athletes and climate activists, including Winter Olympic gold medalist Sofia Goggia, have raised concerns about the impact of this plan on climate change.
- “I cannot find the right and common sense in building up something where the snow doesn’t come," Goggia told AP News. "The world cannot afford a loss of energy as the one would be involved to build this structure.”
Several athletes, climate activists and international government body officials are criticizing the decision to host the next Asian Winter Games at a Saudi Arabia resort “in the heart of the desert.”
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced that it had won the bid to host the next Asian Winter Games in 2029. The event will take place at TROJENA, a planned resort that will be completed in 2026.
China health chief warns against ‘skin-to-skin contact with foreigners’ amid first case of monkeypox
- Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced on Weibo on Saturday that China now has one case of monkeypox after it “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions.
- Wu listed five recommendations in his Weibo post, with the first one igniting controversy on the social media platform.
- “To prevent possible monkeypox infection and as part of our healthy lifestyle, it is recommended that 1) you do not have direct skin-to-skin contact with foreigners,” he wrote.
- “This is a bit like when the pandemic began, when some people overseas avoided any Chinese people they saw out of fear," one user commented, criticizing Wu’s message. “I don't believe these two things have any scientific basis, they are too broad and will exacerbate public panic."
- "When the pandemic first began, some of our foreign friends stood up and used our own platforms to tell everybody, 'Chinese people are not the virus,'" another Weibo user wrote.
A senior Chinese health official recently warned people on social media not to touch foreigners as the country reported its first case of monkeypox.
In a Weibo post on Saturday, Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced that China now has one case of monkeypox that “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions.
- The K-drama “Big Mouth” has received backlash for a scene where the show’s main character, Park Chang-ho (played by Lee Jong-suk), asks a death row inmate if his mother ate tom yum kung – a hot and sour Thai soup – after giving birth to him.
- Park taunts the inmate and concludes that he became a psychopath because of the Thai soup.
- Many Thai netizens were upset by the line and called it racist to Thai culture.
- The two platforms airing the K-drama, Disney Plus and MBC, have not issued statements regarding the backlash.
A line about Thai culture in the K-drama “Big Mouth” is stirring up controversy.
The second episode of the drama, which aired on July 30, depicts a scene between the series’ main character, Park Chang-ho (played by Lee Jong-suk), and a fellow inmate on death row. Park asks the inmate if his mother ate seaweed soup after giving birth to him, which is a South Korean custom for new mothers.
A real estate agency based in Washington, D.C., is in hot water for sending an email with the subject line “love you oolong time.”
Edens, a developer and landlord of the Union Market District, reportedly sent the newsletter on July 13 to promote the market, which serves as a culinary epicenter in the nation’s capital.
A gay-and family-owned bakery in Berkeley, California, released their trademark on mochi muffins after receiving heavy criticism and poor Yelp reviews from baker netizens in an uproar over cease-and-desist letters.
In 2014, Third Culture Bakery chef Sam Butarbutar started baking his mochi muffins to immortalize his memories of growing up and cooking with his mother in Indonesia. Butarbutar says he wanted the dessert to capture the cross-cultural marriage between the flavor profiles of Indonesian desserts and Western baking techniques.
- K-pop star Psy, 44, is being criticized online after announcing the revival of his summer “water show” amid a drought in South Korea.
- The “That That” singer, whose full name is Park Jae-sang, took to Instagram on Friday to announce his upcoming concert series, which has been on hiatus since 2019 and is scheduled to take place on Aug. 4 and 5 at the Jamsil Auxiliary Stadium in Seoul.
- During an appearance on MBC's talk show “Radio Star” last month, Psy revealed that 300 tons of potable water delivered by water trucks are used during the concert, saying, “We spend a lot to buy all that water. … We use the performance venue’s water supplies as well as sprinkler trucks.”
- This year’s concert series is being advertised with catchphrases such as “So much water that it will make you wonder if we scooped up the Han River.”
- Some Twitter users have called Psy out for his excessive use of water.
K-pop star Psy is being criticized online after he announced the revival of his summer “water show” amid a drought in South Korea.
The “That That” singer, whose full name is Park Jae-sang, ignited backlash after taking to Instagram on Friday to announce his upcoming “Summer Swag” concert series, which has been on hiatus since 2019.
Mattel has issued a statement regarding its alleged lack of an Asian doll in its Tokyo Olympics Barbie collection.
The backlash: The latest wave of criticism started after Barbie repromoted the five-doll collection on July 28. Social media users alleged that none of the toys looked “Asian,” despite the fact that the Games were in Tokyo and that Asians had been winning medals from day one.