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Cambodian Actress Banned From Filming For Being Too Sexy

This Cambodian actress has been banned from making films for a year as she’s been dubbed ‘too sexy,’ and it’s all kinds of wrong. 

I’ve heard of actors being banned from making films for various reasons, but being ‘too sexy’ is definitely a new one.

Denny Kwan has been disciplined by Cambodia’s Culture and Fine Arts Ministry for apparently violating their code of conduct, according to Cambodia Daily. 

Rightly so, the 24-year-old is not happy about being banned and claims her roles are nothing compared to the much sexier ones played by fellow professionals.

She told the Phnom Penh Post:

In Cambodia, there are many sexy artists. Some are even more than me when shooting, featuring kissing and being erotic.

I know it’s my right to dress how I want, but our culture, Cambodian people, cannot accept it.

I will now try not to be sexy as I usually am when I post on Facebook.

The actress told Cambodia Daily how the Ministry ‘educated me like a daughter,’ but she explained how she would continue to dress how she wanted.

According to the Ministry’s code, they aim to keep the ‘preservation, maintenance of arts, culture, tradition and the identity of the nation,’ as well as ‘prevent any negative effects of the arts and tradition of the nation.’

It seems extremely out of line that Denny should be banned for such a length of time, just for the way she looks, so Gender and Development Cambodia, have now got involved.

Executive Director Ros Sopheap said:

For me, I think that the ministry should not do that to her because she has the right as there is no policy or law to prohibit what people wear.

It seems banning Denny from making films could get Cambodia’s creative Ministry in big trouble, as the equality organisation says their actions are a violation of the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminatiion Against Women.

Head of the Women’s rights group Silaka, Ms Thida Khus also spoke about about the controversial subject.

She said:

This situation only happens to women and it’s gender discrimination,’ she said. ‘It’s a violation of gender equality. Women are the ones prone to this.

Gender studies researcher, Theresa de Langis also spoke to the Post on the matter.

She said:

Something like this has a chilling effect, not only on her, but on women in general who are hoping to express themselves.

Despite heavy criticism, the Ministry still believe they have behaved correctly and within reasonable grounds of their code.

Chief of the disciplinary council, Chamroeun Vantha said:

The council members decided to punish Denny Kwan by not having any activities in the entertainment industry for one year, such as filming, karaoke and singing performances on TV.

On top of this, Pon Putborei, from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, explained the actress unfortunately does not have the right to wear what she like as a public figure representing their country.

She said:

She needs to be careful with our culture.

It’s hugely disturbing to think a government agency can have a say in what a person wears or not.

They should have nothing to do with it, public figure or not. Worrying.

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