Actor Zul Ariffin uploaded teaser clips to promote the film but faced a backlash from conservative netizens.
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Malaysian actor Zul Ariffin got into trouble when he shared a few clips from his upcoming movie titled Perempuan Itu, directed by Erma Fatima.
The clips showed Zul Ariffin and the actress Siti Hariesa portraying their characters in steamy and suggestive positions.
In one of the scenes, Siti Hariesa’s character fed Zul Ariffin’s character whipped cream using her finger.
The drama film ‘Perempuan Itu’ is allegedly slated to be released during the month of Ramadan, to netizens’ disgust. They didn’t like seeing the advertisements for the film either.
Due to the backlash, the actor has since removed the video from his Instagram account. Nevertheless, netizens who disagreed with the film content were still shocked and outraged.
Netizens believe the film is unsuitable for the Malaysian crowd, especially among Muslims, during Ramadan.
For many of them, the film promoted soft porn and they questioned why TV3 greenlit the film. They wondered how the company censored some words but the suggestive scenes in the film were allowed.
Dah la tayang bulan Ramadan 😭 astagfirullahalazim— ThirahhhZ 🐨 (@nurathirahzhrn) March 18, 2022
Lirik lagu omputih ada nama arak pun kau censor. Cakap bodoh dalam filem pun kau mute. Tapi soft porn macam ni kau bagi pula tayang 😩 sewel— #vegaspete apologist (@skintymia) March 18, 2022
Jijik betul unsur kelucahan drama yang bakal ditayangkan di .@tv3malaysia , dan katanya untuk tujuan 'pengajaran'?— Mohammad Faeez Harith (@H_Bakkaniy) March 18, 2022
Bertaqwalah kepada Allah wahai penerbit, pelulus siaran.
Jangan budayakan pornografi tak ketara sebegitu, tambah lagi dalam Ramadan!!!!
Saya tertonton iklannya yang dimuatnaik ke Twitter.Memang terlalu keji dan tak sanggup untuk diulang ciap kerana ia akan memanjangkan lagi rantaian maksiat tersebut.— Mohammad Faeez Harith (@H_Bakkaniy) March 18, 2022
Despite the negative reception, some netizens recommended others to keep an open mind because it portrayed real-life.
A netizen said that if Malaysia is ready for this kind of show, the people might be prepared for sex education in schools.
If Malaysia is ready for this kind of stuff then it is ready for sex ed in schools. https://t.co/T4IUXisCfR— Rahmah Ghazali (@rahmahghazali) March 19, 2022
There’s a real world, with real people, outside the hypocrital minds of a few.— Derick Khoo (@dk_derick72) March 19, 2022
Open minded la sikit… entertainment la— Thayanand (@thaya79) March 19, 2022
Since the majority are negative reviews, it looks like sex education in schools will still be put on the backburner.
There’s still a long way to go for many Malaysians to have mature and healthy conversations about sex.