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‘We will not remove the video’: Tutoring website Tutoroo faces backlash over ‘sexist, racist’ promo

A language tutoring platform is facing a backlash over a promotional video netizens have deemed racist and sexist. But Tutoroo’s founder has denied the claims, adding that the controversial clip will not be removed.

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Photo: Tutoroo Facebook screenshot.

The promo, first posted last year but uploaded across social media again last week, involves a western man approaching an Asian woman for her number. However, she mispronounces her number in English, leading the man to believe she was asking for sex.

“This is beyond awful. I think you should take it down, apologize and send whoever came up with it and whoever approved it on some diversity training,” said Vanessa Nolan on Twitter.

“Your ad says come to Asia where beautiful women are waiting to be laughed at and patronised… and they’ll even go on a date with you! Misogyny and racism aren’t funny. Do better,” said “@LianainFilms” on Twitter.

Others called the clip “disgraceful” and said it played into “centuries of stereotypes, fetishism, and oppression.”

However, the founder of the Singapore-based firm Nicolas Vanhove told HKFP that “the response on Facebook has always been very positive, and most of our FB audience is Asian.”

Vanhove added that 95 per cent of his staff were Asian: “The video aims to be funny and to make fun of accents, dialects and misunderstandings when it comes to learning a new language… we will not remove the video!” he said.

'We will not remove the video': Tutoring website Tutoroo faces backlash over 'sexist, racist' promo