TVB Issues New Policy Repressing Unnecessary Sexiness for Actresses
Above: Vicky Chan’s sultry performance in “My Ages Apart”.
With TVB’s increasing focus on the Mainland Chinese market, the station is taking precautionary measures to make their programs meet stricter guidelines. TVB’s Deputy General Manager for Program and Production, Felix To (杜之克), issued a public statement repressing unnecessary sexiness for actresses. In addition to inferring rape and sex scenes, variety show hosts filming scenes in a pool or sauna will also be required wear a t-shirt over their bikini.
In response to his new policy, Felix explained, “The main audience for television is families. If a drama has rape scenes and sex scenes, or variety shows have scenes that emphasize a woman’s body, we need to carefully handle it. This doesn’t mean we can’t do it at all. We have content freedom, but just need to be more reserved!”
If an actress experiences any harassment, she is encouraged to report it to the company. When asked whether there has been a harassment incident that instigated this new policy, Felix immediately clarified, ”No! Right now, we are a little tight on artistes. If an actress has to go out for work and there is only male staff, there will be a lot of inconveniences. We are just thinking about the artistes’ needs!”
This sudden announcement is a complete 180-degree from what TVB has attempted in recent years. In several dramas, such as Brother’s Keeper 2 <巨轮II> and Bet Hur <城群英會>, TVB has tested the limitations of television with Grace Chan’s (陳凱琳) rape scene and Samantha Ko’s (高海寧) daring outfits.
However, many actresses seem grateful for the new decree. Ali Lee (李佳芯), who had several sensual scenes in Legal Mavericks <踩過界>, said this announcement will not impact her very much, “I film very minimal racy scenes, but there is of course some limitation. I don’t think there is any harm in this new rule. An actor does not necessarily have to always use their sexuality! There can be many things that can happen to a female artiste. It is most important for an actress to protect herself!”
Known for her busty physique and often seen flaunting her assets in revealing outfits, Samantha Ko also praised the new rule. “I want the audience to see my acting skills and all the work I put into preparing for the role. Personally, I’m happy. The company is also becoming more considerate.”
Grace Chan believes that every person’s definition of sexiness is different. In regards to her controversial rape scene in Brother’s Keeper 2, Grace explained that the scene was necessary for plot development, “It is about a girl who is very afraid of her father, and the relationship changed. I already knew about it when I received the script. [Hugo Ng and I] have also talked about how to film the scene.”
In addition to actresses, producers also seem to be on board with the new policy. My Ages Apart <誇世代> producer Joe Chan (陳維冠) said, “I never use [sexiness] as a selling point. For example, in the first episode where Vicky Chan (陳偉琪) seduces Moses Chan (陳豪), Moses said the champagne [she used to pour on herself] was very expensive. It was only used to depict Moses’ personality. She merely cleaned the table. It was comedic.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.