‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ doesn’t even hit cinemas until next year, but it’s already causing a whole lot of controversy with one of its characters.
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The news that Janette Tough - best known for her portrayal of Wee Jimmy Krankie - has been cast in the film was met with a negative reaction online, due to the fact that she’s playing Huki Muki, a fictional male Japanese fashion designer.
Since the news, many people have spoken out against the casting decision, with some accusing producers of “racism” and “yellowface” by having a white actor playing an Asian character.
Stand-up Margaret Cho is among the most prolific people to have voiced her disagreement, condemning the move on her Twitter page.
She admitted that she was disappointed because she was a fan of the original TV series, but said that producers should be casting Asian actors in Asian roles, adding: “When roles written for us are played by white actors - it's an outrage.”
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.— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 14, 2015
Emma Bunton and Lulu, who made cameos in the original TV series, have all been confirmed to be appearing in the film, while on-set photos have shown Kate Moss emerging from the River Thames, while sporting an evening dress.
Rylan Clark also recently announced that he had landed a small role in the film, after sharing a behind-the-scenes snap with the two leading stars in costume.