Don't try to be funny with race in films

I agree with opinion editor Chua Mui Hoong that Mr Shrey Bhargava had the right to be emotional and upset about his experience (Is it time to bring racism out of the closet?; ST Online, June 3).

When making a local movie about Singaporeans, we should be mindful of how the races are portrayed. It reflects badly on a film-maker when a race is stereotyped for comic effect.

It is also a form of racism and should not be encouraged.

I hope film-makers will learn from this lesson.

Francis Cheng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2017, with the headline 'Don't try to be funny with race in films'. Print Edition | Subscribe