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Margaret Cho Blasts AbFab Movie For Casting White Actor As Asian Character

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While most of the queer universe is already popping the Bolly in anticipation of  upcoming big-screen version of Absolutely Fabulous, not everyone is so excited. The film has come under fire for allegedly using “yellowface” and casting a white actor to play the role of a Japanese person, and one of those leading the charge is entertainer Margaret Cho.

The character in question, Huki Muki, is a Japanese fashion designed portrayed by Janette Tough, who is Caucasian.

Cho ranted on Twitter about the casting of the character:

“Have some respect. Hire Asian actors 4 Asian roles. I’m not going to name the production but I’m DISGUSTED!

“#YELLOWFACE is racism. Sorry. It’s unacceptable. Not now. I was thrilled about #abfabmovie but now I just can’t be. I’m very disappointed.”

“It’s hard enough to get into film and TV as a person of color – and when roles written for us are played by white actors – it’s an outrage.”

Of course, having not seen the film, it’s entirely likely — if not a forgone conclusion — that Huki Muki’s actual race will be a big reveal or plot twist, and the character herself will be called out for being a fraud and phony.

We’ll find out when the film hits theaters on July 1.

 

H/t: LGBTQ Nation