In an audience interaction segment before the start of the SEA Games opening ceremony at the National Stadium, emcee Sharon Au approached an Indian girl seated in the stands. The girl did not properly perform the act — saying aloud a line welcoming foreign contingents (others before her didn’t get it right too).
Au, speaking into a mike and with the cameras trained on her, shockingly put on a strong Indian accent, and while shaking her head from right to left asked the girl: “What (Vat) happened? What happened?”. Earlier, she made fun of the girl’s name, Kavya, referencing ” caviar”.
An apology is due from SEASOC and Sharon Au.
Sharon Au has apologised for what she described as an “insensitive” comic moment last night. It’s gracious of her to put her hands up and admit that she was wrong. I hope Facebook users will join me in putting this episode behind us.
I look forward to an exhilarating SEA Games, and at the same time my thoughts are with the families of the Singaporean teachers and students still missing in Mt. Kinabalu.
Apology from Sharon Au on her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/sharon.au.58