Upcoming “Absolutely Fabulous” Film Will Feature Actor in Yellowface

Janette Tough, in yellowface costume as Japanese fashion designer Huki Muki in the upcoming "Absolutely Fabulous" film. (Photo credit: Twitter)
Janette Tough, in yellowface costume as Japanese fashion designer Huki Muki in the upcoming “Absolutely Fabulous” film. (Photo credit: Twitter)

The British 1990’s sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous”  is slated to return in 2016 after a 20 year run on British television that ended in 2012. Cast members will reunite in a feature length film, which will include show stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprising their roles as drug-abusing PR agent, Edina Monsoon, and magazine editor, Patsy Stone.

Fans of “AbFab” have long anticipated the reunion film, which was rumoured to be planned as early as 2011. However, the film is now making headlines for a not-so-fabulous reason: the movie will apparently feature an actor in yellowface.

In the film, comedian Janette Tough (aka Janette Krankie), who is well-known to Scottish audiences for her 40-year portrayal of her schoolboy character, Jimmy Krankie, will don a black wig and wing-tipped sunglasses to portray male Japanese fashion designer, Huki Muki.

Tough is neither Japanese, nor is she Asian.

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