Sharon Au apologizes for 'insensitive' comment during SEA Games 2015 opening

TV personality and actress Sharon Au created a social media commotion during the opening ceremony of the  Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Sharon Au SEA Games 2015

On Saturday, Au tried to pull off a humor by mimicking an Indian accent; She approached an Indian girl sitting in the crowd then asked, "What happened, what happened?" while laughing and wobbling her head from side to side.

Wobbling the head is a symbolic gesture used by the Indians. It has a range of meanings. It may mean "yes", "good", or "I understand".

Sharon Au did not stop there. She even teased the girl by pronouncing her name as "caviar" instead of Kavya.

Singapore is comprised of 74 percent ethnic Chinese, 13 percent Malay and nine percent Indian.

Au is of ethnic Chinese. Clearly, she had a lesson when it comes to becoming a person in an international sports event.

A Twitter user posted, "A great start destroyed by a single racist act from host Sharon Au. Will we ever learn?"

Nevertheless, the actress apologized. "Some of you may have watched the pre-show and heard my attempt at mimicking an Indian accent", Au posted on her Facebook page.

Sharon Au SEA Games 2015 apology

"It was intended to be comic but in hindsight I realise how insensitive it was. I sincerely apologise to those whom I've inadvertently offended.", the actress added.

Sources: Yahoo SG, Twitter, Go India

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