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​ab fab film embroiled in yellowface racism row

A white female TV actor from the 80s has been cast as a male asian design called Huki Muki.

by Charlotte Gush
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16 December 2015, 11:20am

With images of Kate Moss crawling out of the Thames in a full-length green sequin gown, fag and Bollie in hand, and Jean Paul Gaultier metal-detecting on the river bank, we were getting really excited about the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous film. However, today it has emerged that white Scottish actor Janette Tough, known for her part in 80s TV show The Krankies, has been cast as a male, Asian designer called Huki Muki, prompting accusations of yellowface.

American-Korean actor and comedian Margaret Cho responded to the casting choice, tweeting, "I AM FUCKING SICK OF YELLOWFACE. Have some respect. Hire Asian actors 4 Asian roles. I'm not going to name the production but I'm DISGUSTED!," later adding, "I'll name the production using #YELLOWFACE - I'm upset because I love them. It's AbFab - I really was looking forward to it too. That's sad.".

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie isn't the only upcoming fashion-related comedy film to cause outrage with insensitive casting choices: Zoolander 2 was recently embroiled in a scandal for casting Benedict Cumberbatch as a caricatured androgynous model called All, who is questioned about their genitals by lead characters Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson).