Absolutely Fabulous film accused of racism for casting ‘Jimmy Krankie’ as a Japanese designer
Absolutely Fabulous

The new Absolutely Fabulous film has been accused of racism by casting a white actor to play an Asian part.

Jeanette Tough, best know for her portrayal of Wee Jimmy Krankie, has been cast in the movie as a male Japanese fashion designer called Huki Muki.

The role is thought to have been inspired by the writer and artist Yayoi Kusama.

The Scottish actress and panto star has been spotted wearing large sunglasses, a short black wig and a full length coat on set.

Korean-American comedian Margaret Cho – well known for being outspoken – took to Twitter to express her “disgust” at this case of so-called yellow face. She described it as being “when white people portray Asian people. And unfortunately it’s happening in this film.”

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie will reunite Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as chain-smoking duo Edina and Patsy and sees them living the high life in London. After they are accused of being responsible for ‘an incident’ at a fashion event, everything comes crashing down around them and they are forced to flee to the French Riviera.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is due for release in 2016.

We think it’s safe to say that Margaret Cho won’t be watching.

Main image via BBC Films