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Anthony Bourdain calling out Singapore’s treatment of domestic workers goes viral

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  • An old video of the late chef Anthony Bourdain recently went viral on Twitter and sparked a heated debate about how Singapore treats its domestic workers.
  • “What are maids?” Bourdain asks as he sits down with locals in Singapore for his food and travel show, “Parts Unknown.”
  • The woman explains that maids are like the “opiate of the masses” in the country.
  • Twitter users appeared to side with the chef for calling out indentured labor in Singapore.
  • Singapore’s government has tried to make improvements to the well-being of domestic workers, including giving them a day off at least once a month starting at the end of 2022.

A video of late chef Anthony Bourdain from 2017 recently went viral on Twitter and sparked a heated debate about how Singapore treats its domestic workers.

“What are maids?” Bourdain asks as he sits down with locals in Singapore for his food and travel show, “Parts Unknown.” 

Hong Kong actor apologizes for ‘brownface’ portrayal of Filipino character following backlash

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  • Canadian actor Franchesca Wong apologized to her Instagram followers after receiving backlash for using “brownface” to portray a Filipino domestic worker character in a Hong Kong TV show.
  • “I genuinely have no intention to disrespect or racially discriminate any ethnic group, please forgive me for getting it wrong,” Wong wrote.
  • The actor and the TVB horror series “Barrack O’Karma” sparked outrage when a video showing Wong applying dark makeup while mocking a Filipino accent circulated online.
  • The network removed the two-part subseries from its website but said they would drop the episodes “after further content amendment.”
  • “We wish to emphasize that it was never our intention to show disrespect or to discriminate any nationality in any of our programme,” TVB said in a statement last week. “We would like to express our concern to anyone who might be affected in this matter.”

Hong Kong actor Franchesca Wong apologized after receiving backlash for using “brownface” to portray a Filipino character in a Hong Kong TV show.

“I sincerely apologize to all who have been negatively affected in any way by the 7th chapter ‘Jei Jei’ of the Barrack ‘Karma 1968 drama series, and my role in it,” Wong wrote in an apology to her Instagram followers on Wednesday. “I have learned through this incident that professionally trying my best to analyze, interpret and act a given role to fulfill the storyline, is only part of the job.” 

Kuwaiti Instagram Star Sparks Outrage for Complaining That Filipino Workers Get A Day Off

A social media influencer from Kuwait has sparked outrage online after criticizing new laws that seek to provide better conditions for the Filipino domestic helpers working in her country.

Instagram star Sondos Alqattan, who has more than 2 million followers, recently posted a video in which she ranted against reforms introduced in May, Inquirer reports. 

Rich Singaporean Couple Charged With Starving Maid With Bread and Instant Noodles

A Singaporean couple are facing charges in court that they forced their Filipino maid to only eat bread and instant noodles, causing her to lose 44 pounds over the course of 15 months.

The maid, 40-year-old Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, weighed about 64 pounds when she was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital in April last year, about a 40 percent drop from January 2013, when she first began working for the couple and weighed 108 pounds, reports AsiaOne.