Malaysian heartthrob, Zul Ariffin drew criticism for the latest teaser of his upcoming drama series, “Perempuan Itu” (That Woman), on TV3 set to be released in Ramadan 2022. The video depicted a stereotypical french maid scene that’s usually found in R21 and adult movies.
He released the video on his Instagram on March 18 but took it down almost immediately after the online backlash started. But in the age of the internet, such videos are immortal as they are promptly downloaded and reshared on various social media platforms.
The teaser had “50 shades of Grey” and “365 days” vibe with the french maid getup and the suggestive whipped cream scene.
Malaysian netizens had a field day criticising those involved in the drama.
No offence but this makes me feel like puking like nothing about this turns me on it makes me feel disgusted actually knowing that this country put such a taboo on sex as a topic now yall tryna do a Malaysian 50 shades of gray when the rampant rape culture isn’t addressed at all https://t.co/Y6b0HeC1N4
— ♡ Natalie (´｡• ᵕ •｡`)♡ (@NatalieAng_99) March 19, 2022
JAIS are so good at catching khalwat at the hotels but when it comes to artists making scenes like this,… lmaooo 🥱🕳️ https://t.co/G7pwoq9ymA
— s (@rrrsng) March 19, 2022
Some called out the double standards and hypocrisy of those criticing the show.
idk man something about this seems normal to me? y'all act like premarital sex among malay muslims don't exist. is there more context to this clip tho https://t.co/Yj1hg7eE7z
— nabs (she/they) (@KIDKERIS) March 19, 2022
Frankly, Zul has had the “daddy” title for quite some time. This isn’t the first raunchy video of his to surface.
dude thinks he’s christian grey https://t.co/quWgsNaPWZ
— 𝒶𝓁𝓎𝒶 (@_alyaiman_) March 19, 2022
It became a debate of other “controversial” movies that were censored in Malaysia.
remember when the malaysian filming industry banned “fundamentally happy” starring adibah noor that touches on molestations/sexual harassment bcs people saying its a sensitive issue? but yet they allow this? the double standards. this is why we can never have anything good here. https://t.co/N3gQ8mbw7u
— lils saw JJK 0 ♡ (@jenofchanel) March 19, 2022
FINAS won't publish racism movie but every scene lucah is okay.
LPF even censored each "FUCK" word and sometimes even KISSING SCENE in every movie luar negara
Ohhhh I see the reason why, this is SUPPORT LOKAL behaviour ke? Authentic sex scene hasil bumiputera is fine I guess 🤭 https://t.co/miXOMC5N2E
— NurHidayat (@Syednur_) March 19, 2022
Some were concerned that the scene would be aired during Ramadan, a holy month where muslims are required to fast and abstain from all vices.
its will be on TV3 and during ramadhan some more. please lah. the pengarah also a muslim idk what to say. if nak buat sngat pun takleh tunggu lepas bulan puasa ke?(not that i encourage this drama) malay drama with cheap marketing memang sampai bila takleh go international😮💨 https://t.co/fbJ9pkR1bn
— Nanaddd (@nadiramazlan_) March 19, 2022
Perhaps the most interesting yet funny comment would be this. He summed up what most people are thinking despite the outward criticism.
astaghfirullah…. whr can i watch this https://t.co/MCq2yzQHKZ
— ana (top 0.01% in amsyar heart) (@FarzanaIman) March 19, 2022
Not much is known about the series at the time of writing but social media posts seem to suggest it’s a story about infidelity and repentance. In other words, a typical Malay drama storyline that is very popular in Malaysia.
The series is produced by Erma Fatimah, a well respected filmmaker in Malaysia who is known for her bold and controversial takes. “Perempuan Itu’s” director, Ain Sharif, who directed the raunchy scene, asked netizens to stop slamming Erma Fatima for the leaked scene.
“I directed the raunchy scene. Zul Ariffin shared a director’s cut that probably won’t be aired on TV. It is meant for publicity purposes.”
Zul Ariffin has been trending everywhere since the video was released. It’s safe to assume that it was a marketing stunt that went very well.
Even bad publicity is still publicity right?
Reporter’s Opinion: I am not gonna lie, I was intrigued when my friend sent me the video yesterday before it was taken down. It’s bold for a Malaysian produced series to shoot and release such a scene.
Honestly, I don’t think it would have received such a backlash if the series wasn’t due to release during Ramadan.
It is normal for people to expect series that aren’t suggestive and raunchy during Ramadan. It is a holy month where muslims observe fasting not only from food and drinks, but from other vices such as smoking, backbiting and watching porn or porn like stuff.
But then again, kudos to the team for an excellent marketing move. You got the whole cybersphere buzzing.
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