SEA Games host Sharon Au apologises for ‘insensitive’ comment

The host was accused of mimicking an Indian accent during the Games' opening ceremony on Friday

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SEA Games emcee Sharon Au has apologised for mimicking an Indian accent during the Games’ opening ceremony pre-show segment at the National Stadium on Friday (Jun 5).

"Some of you may have watched the pre-show and heard my attempt at mimicking an Indian accent," she wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. "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.”

Journalist Bhavan Jaipragas, who was covering the event, posted on his Facebook page on Friday that Sharon had put on a strong Indian accent to mock a young Indian girl, who was sitting in the stands.

After the girl stumbled as she tried to repeat a line welcoming athletes to the Games, Sharon asked: "What (Vat) happened? What happened?" while shaking her head from right to left.

He added that the former actress also made fun of the girl’s name.


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