Actress Mira Filzah Apologizes After Being Accused Of Exploiting Traditional Indian Clothing
Netizens on Twitter—especially Indian community—decided to call out famous actress, Mira Filzah for wearing traditional Indian clothes in purpose of promoting the contact lenses brand that she chose to collaborate with.
However, refusing to prolong the issue, Mira or her real name, Nur Amirah Filzah Badioezama, 27, came forward to apologize if her action was viewed as distasteful by the Indian community. According to the Lelaki Kiriman Tuhan star, the styling concepts for the purpose of promoting the product was made because of her fondness in the Bollywood industry since childhood. She said, ‘’I’m sorry if what I did was wrong. I’ve grown up with Bollywood movies and and I’ve always been a fan Bollywood since small’’.
Mira also added that she has always been fascinated by their colourful outfits and that as a child, she kept dreaming of wearing ‘’lehenga’’ sets like Madhuri Dixit and Aishawarya Rai wore in movies. ‘’I even memorise all the lyrics and googled the lyrics translation just to understand the song more deeply. As a big fan of Hollywood, I had a dream to wear a full set of ‘’lehenga’’ like Madhuri Dixit and Aishawarya Rai wears in films’’, she explained.
Satisfied with the explanation given by Mira Filzah, Twitter user @eshwaaaaarya thanked the actress for taking responsibility for her mistakes.
If you intend to wear our clothing. Perhaps get some Indian models too! Because all we want is recognition for our culture
She also suggested Mira to use her platform as an artist to educate the public about the importance of culture in Malaysia. “All we ask is that in the future, perhaps you can talk a little bit more about Indian culture. (…) If you intend to wear our clothing. Perhaps get some Indian models too! Because all we want is recognition for our culture and maybe you can get the clothing from Indian-owned shops next.’’
Meanwhile, the other side of Twitter is questioning why Mira Filzah was getting called out since we’re living in Malaysia, and our country is known to merge with each other’s cultures. Indians and Chinese are free to wear ”Baju Kurung” afterall, so why should Malays wearing ”Saree” be any different?
Its isnt wrong for a malay to wear an Indian outfit, so do Indian, Chinese wearing a malay tradition outfit. We all living in a country which respecting every culture and races. If you think Mira Filzah manipulate ur culture, you better not stay in Malaysia. #MiraFilzah pic.twitter.com/D9RLVwD0PA
— 💟 Mira 💟 (@itskaytobeyou) August 20, 2020
The brand owner itself is an Indian so how is that cultural appropriation? Mira Filzah suggested, Zaliya approved. She wouldn't have approved Mira if it is affecting the Indian culture in a bad light. Yes? https://t.co/GwcSJi2kio
— Lan Zhan is a national treasure 🇲🇾 (@skintymia) August 20, 2020
Please dont segregate our cultures like we are americans. I have enjoyed wearing Kurtas and my indian friends wearing Baju Melayus for years. Us Malaysians should share each other cultures.
— Pedoq 🇲🇾 (@pedoqpop) August 20, 2020
You can wear each other's clothing and its beautiful. Reflect Malaysia's diversity.
But you can't wear someone else's culture and profit from it.
Mira Filzah was promoting contact lenses when she posted that while wearing the traditional indian outfit. https://t.co/hTgdj7cf62
— Arman Iskandar (@awkward_penyu) August 20, 2020
Mira Filzah wearing sari = cultural appropriation
Me eating my roti canai cicah gula pic.twitter.com/eHcGUdacE4
— Zulhilmi Nizam (@A_Packs) August 20, 2020
Welp, what do you think?