Ab Fab film accused of ‘yellowface’ over Japanese character casting

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The Absolutely Fabulous film has been accused of using “yellowface”, after casting a white actor to play a Japanese character.

The character Huki Muki, a Japanese fashion designer, will be played by Janette Tough, and was spotted filming with Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders.


Margaret Cho, Korean-American comedian, tweeted her disgust at the film’s casting of the character.

She wrote: “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,” Cho added.

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

Ab Fab film accused of ‘yellowface’ over Japanese character casting

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