Denny Kwan, 24, is not an ordinary actress. Apparently, this actress from Cambodia had violated a code of conduct, and she is banned from making any new movies for one year. Why and how did this happen? She was accused of being too sexy, as a matter of fact.
Also, she had to attend a ‘re-education’ session with the Culture and Fine Arts Ministry after they decided she had violated the code of conduct.
However, Denny says on her profile on Facebook that the parts she played in movies were nothing like the erotic roles played by other actresses.
Denny has around 300,000 followers on Facebook.
‘In Cambodia, there are many sexy artists. Some are even more than me when shooting, featuring kissing and being erotic,’
‘I know it’s my right to dress how I want, but our culture, Cambodian people, cannot accept it,’ she told the Phnom Penh Post. ‘I will now try not to be sexy as I usually am when I post on Facebook.’
Moreover, she explained that the culture ministry officials they ‘educated her like a daughter’. However, she said that she has the right to dress they way she wants to.
Here is the Ministry’s code of conduct, which aims in the ‘preservation, maintenance of arts, culture, tradition and the identity of the nation’ as well as to ‘prevent any negative effects of the arts and tradition of the nation.’ Violating this code has cost her 12 months in front of the cameras.
Next, there were several outbursts by the gender equality group Gender and Development Cambodia.
‘For me, I think that the ministry should not do that to her because she has the right as there is no policy or law to prohibit what people wear,’ said Ms. Ros Sopheap, who is the group’s executive director. She also said the ministry was violating the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Ms Thida Khus, head of Silaka, a women’s rights group, described the ministry’s action as ‘appalling’.
‘This situation only happens to women and it’s gender discrimination,’ she said. ‘It’s a violation of gender equality. Women are the ones prone to this.’
A gender studies researcher told the Post that ‘something like this has a chilling effect on women in general.’
However, the disciplinary council said that they punished Miss Kwan because she failed to respect a written promise. She had promised not to dress in a sexy way the previous May.
Therefore, she will not be on TV for a year.