Yuna- Usher parody video removed

PETALING JAYA • A parody video of Malaysian singer Yuna's performance with Usher that has been widely criticised by the public has been removed by Astro entertainment show MeleTop.

"We would like to sincerely apologize to Yuna & Usher for our recent parody video, which was poor judgment on our part," tweeted MeleTop on Thursday evening.

"Rest assured that this does not reflect our values and beliefs," it tweeted, adding that the video has since been removed.

MeleTop also requested the public not to share the parody video. The Malay-language entertainment show is hosted by comedian Nabil Ahmad and actress Neelofa.

The spoof that was aired on Tuesday featured comedian Shuk SYJ, who was in blackface make-up and acting as African-American R&B artist Usher, extending his arms to supposedly hug comedian Jihan Muse, who acted as Yuna. However, she bowed instead of accepting the hug.

The skit was to ridicule the live performance by Yuna and Usher when they performed their song, Crush, at The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, in the United States, in June. After the performance, the pair hugged on stage, which sparked criticism among people, who said her behaviour was unacceptable for a Muslim woman.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2016, with the headline 'Yuna- Usher parody video removed'. Print Edition | Subscribe