PETALING JAYA: A parody video of Malaysian singer Yuna’s performance with Usher that has been widely criticised by the public has been removed by Astro entertainment show MeleTOP.
“We would like to sincerely apologize to Yuna & Usher for our recent parody video, which was poor judgement on our part,” tweeted MeleTOP on Thursday evening.
“Rest assured that this does not reflect our values and beliefs,” it tweeted, adding that the video has since been removed.
MeleTOP also requested for the public not to share the parody video.
The Malay-language entertainment show is hosted by comedian Nabil Ahmad and actress Neelofa.
The spoof that was aired on Tuesday featured comedian Shuk SYJ, who was in blackface makeup and acting as African-American R&B artist Usher, extending his arms to supposedly hug comedian Jihan Muse who acted as Yuna. However, she bows instead of accepting the hug.
The skit was to ridicule the live performance by Yuna and Usher when they performed their song Crush at The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, the United States, last June.
After the performance, the paired hugged on stage, which sparked criticism among people who said that her behaviour was unacceptable as a Muslim woman.