TVB recently apologised over the backlash that its drama “Barrack O’Karma 1968” received for its depiction of a Filipino domestic worker.
As reported on Oriental Daily, the drama sparked netizens’ anger, after it was revealed that Canadian-born Hong Kong actress Franchesca Wong was cast by the station to play the role of a domestic worker, and was revealed to have painted her skin in a darker tone to supposedly match a Filipina.
A video of the newcomer applying make-up to darken her legs has also gone viral.
On 14 April, the broadcaster released a statement, saying, “The seventh episode of “Barrack O’Karma 1968″ aired on 12 April is about the relationship between domestic helpers and employers. It is a creative-based drama. In the play, actress Franchesca Wong plays the domestic helper Louisa. She has successfully portrayed this role with her professional and superb acting skills.”
“TVB has always been committed to providing audiences with a high-quality entertainment experience. This station emphasises that it has no intention to express disrespect in any program or discriminate against any nationality, and apologise to anyone who may have been affected by this,” it added.
(Photo Source: Franchesca Wong Facebook)