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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.” 

Chinese actor’s ‘brownface’ portrayal of a Filipino character on Hong Kong TV show draws backlash

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  • Hong Kong horror TV show “Barrack O’Karma” sparked outrage when Chinese actor Franchesca Wong darkened her skin with make-up to portray a Filipino domestic helper character.
  • A clip posted to Instagram by one of Wong’s colleagues shows the actor applying dark make-up on her legs while mocking a Filipino accent.
  • Some local Chinese news outlets have praised the actor for her performance.
  • TVB also applauded Wong for her “successful” portrayal due to her “professional performing techniques and sophisticated handling of role-playing.”
  • The TV show has sparked criticism of Hong Kong’s portrayal of minorities in the media. Some Filipino actors residing in Hong Kong also spoke out about the stereotypical roles of Filipinos as domestic workers in the media industry.

A Hong Kong TV show sparked outrage for casting a Chinese actor who darkened her skin with make-up to portray a Filipino character.

Chinese Canadian actor Franchesca Wong donned “brownface” to play a Filipino domestic helper, “Louisa,” in the TVB horror series “Barrack O’Karma.”