THE Cambodian government has stripped local actress Denny Kwan of her right to film for the next 12 months purportedly due to her penchant for showing too much skin on TV.
According to Cambodia Daily, the Culture and Fine Arts Ministry imposed the ban after the 24-year-old was accused of violating a national code relating to “ethics” and “virtue”.
“The reason was because she did not follow the code of conduct of artists. On top of that, we had already invited her once to be educated and she promised that she would act in accordance with the advice, but she has still been doing the same,” director general of the ministry’s disciplinary and praise council Chamroeun Vanntha told the daily.
Kwan, a famous actress who has appeared in numerous movies and has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, says she was confused as to why she was targeted. She first came to know of the ban when it was reported online.
“In Cambodia, there are many sexy artists. Some are even more than me when shooting, featuring kissing and being erotic,” she was quoted as saying.
“I don’t want to talk about it, because when we talk about it, it might affect others,” she said. “Just know that I accepted the ministry’s decision.”
Last year, Kwan said officials had summoned her to the ministry to lecture her about her sexy appearances. She said a state secretary educated her “like a daughter”.
Despite the “advice” of the officials, the actress maintained that she was allowed to dress as she wished.
With the ban in place now, however, Kwan said she would attempt a more “modest” image.
“Within this one year, I will quit being sexy,” she said.
According to Cambodia Daily, the ban on the actress is the first time an entertainer is facing action under the vaguely worded code of conduct, which among others, aims to promote arts, culture, and national identity and prevent negative elements in arts and tradition.
Responding, gender equality activist Ros Sopheap of the Gender and Development Cambodia called the ban unlawful, pointing out the country does not have specific policy or law prohibiting sexy attire.
As such, Sopheap accused the ministry of violating the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
“She’s (Kwan) not the first one. People all over the world and in Cambodia… dress like this. Why only take action on her and block her career for a year?”