Friday, August 22, 2014   

Insurance ad angers domestic helpers
(06-19 11:36)

A "racist" insurance commercial depicting a male Chinese actor as a Filipina maid has drawn outrage on social media in Hong Kong, with groups representing the city's domestic helpers calling for an apology.
Aimed at the employers of Hong Kong's 300,000 maids, who mainly hail from the Philippines and Indonesia, the domestic helper insurance advert for Malaysia's Hong Leong Bank shows the Chinese actor wearing dark orange make-up and a curly wig as he plays clumsy maid "Maria".
"I think they should make a public apology," Eni Lestari, spokeswoman for the Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body, said, describing the ad as "very racist".
"You are making comedy out of someone, out of a community," she said. "For (Hong Kong residents) it's funny, but what they don't realize is what's funny is actually racist."
She questioned why the bank did not hire someone from Indonesia or the Philippines to play the maid. --RTHK   
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