Local comedian Afdlin Shauki was under fire yesterday for posting a distasteful post on Facebook regarding LGBT with the caption, “Let the photo speak for itself”.
The post has now been removed and Afdlin takes full responsibility and apologised for the insensitive post which he claimed was done by one of his social media team members.
The consequences of this should equate to career suicide. The amazing human beings deeply hurt and saddened by this is unjust. You have forgotten where you came from, how you got here and WHO helped you. What purpose did this serve @afdlinshauki pic.twitter.com/bnzrkzZErqADVERTISEMENT
— Asha Gill (@_AshaGill) August 7, 2018
“I am deeply sorry and would like to apologise to those, including my friends, who have been hurt by the act,” he told MMO when contacted.
“Everyone has their own choice and I accept it. This (condemning the LGBT community) is not what I believe in, and I believe it is not a topic to be made fun of either.”
Afdlin only found out about the photo later in the day after some of his friends including Malaysian model Asha Gill condemned the actor-director for his act.
Despite Afdlin’s explanation, many social media users are still not convinced, saying that he is putting the blame on someone else.
How convenient to have a team member that manages your social media a/c without any review & quality control before posting anything that may be deemed discriminatory over the minority i.e. LGBTQIT+. It's so nice to become a celebrity, ya? Ah well. Sorry & move on. @afdlinshauki https://t.co/wjeLLLbXfM
— Mx. Nany J ? (@nanyjharon) August 8, 2018
Afdlin’s case is not the 1st LGBT related issue that has been going on this week. A few days ago, George Town Festival was under fire for removing photos of 2 LGBT activists from its exhibition.