Crazy Rich Asians actor corrected People after they misidentified him in a photo despite talking about representation in Hollywood

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Tuesday 29 January 2019 15:15
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Picture:(Ronny Chieng/Instagram stories )

People.com misidentified Crazy Rich Asians actor Ronny Chieng and a number of other actors of Asian descent in a recent post about the SAG Awards.

The photo in question features actors Ronny Chieng, Tan Khen Hua, comedian Awkwafina, Ken Jeong and Fiona Xie.

Instead, the caption under the photo (which has since been updated to reflect accuracy) read: “Jae W Suh, Randall Park, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong & Fiona Xie.”

In response, Chiang took to his Instagram stories, where he called out the publication for the errors.

People that’s @khenghua not Jae W Suh. And I’m not Randall Park.

People Michelle Yeoh is also NOT in this photo.

He wasn’t the only one who noticed the mistake, and Australian actor Remy Hii pointed out their previous coverage of representation…

people wants to talk minorities and underrepresentation, just doesn’t want to learn our names. Did I get that right?

This isn’t the first time a publication misidentified non-white actors.

Vogue mixed up Liv Lo and Gemma Chan, and in a second photo Tan Kheng Hua was mislabelled as another Asian actress, Michelle Yeoh.

The mistakes come just weeks after Vogue issued an apology after it misidentified activist Noor Tagouri as Pakistani actress Noor Bukhari in its February 2019 issue. It wrote:

We are sincerely sorry for the mistake. We are thrilled at the chance to photographer Tagouri and shine light on the important work she does, and to have misidentified her is a painful misstep.

We also understand that there is a larger misidentification in media – especially among non-white subjects. We will try to be more thoughtful and careful in our work going forward, and we apologise for any embarrassment this has caused Tagouri and Bukhari.

indy100 has contacted People for comment.

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