I’m ‘too sexy’ to act

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A Cam­bo­dian ac­tress has been banned from mak­ing any new movies for a year be­cause the coun­try’s cul­tural bosses say she is “too sexy”. Denny Kwan (24), who has ap­peared in nu­mer­ous movies, has had a “re-ed­u­ca­tion” ses­sion with the cul­ture and fine arts min­istry after it was de­cided she had vi­o­lated a code of con­duct. The min­istry’s code of con­duct aims to pro­mote the “preser­va­tion, main­te­nance of arts, cul­ture, tra­di­tion and the iden­tity of the na­tion”. Now, for the next 12 months, Miss Kwan must not step in front of any movie cam­era - a pun­ish­ment that has caused out­rage among free­dom and women’s groups in the coun­try. The gen­der equal­ity group Gen­der and Devel­op­ment Cam­bo­dia hit out at the min­istry’s de­ci­sion on both eth­i­cal and le­gal grounds, say­ing it was vi­o­lat­ing the UN’s Con­ven­tion on the Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Dis­crim­i­na­tion Against Women. She said the cul­ture min­istry of­fi­cials “ed­u­cated me like a daugh­ter”. “I know it’s my right to dress how I want, but our cul­ture, Cam­bo­dian peo­ple, can­not ac­cept it,” she told the Ph­nom Penh Post. “I will now try not to be sexy as I usu­ally am when I post on Face­book.”

Denny Kwan

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