EMI Blue over 'black' comment

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 August, 2002, 12:00am

Record label EMI is considering the future of one of its Hong Kong spokesmen who on Wednesday made what was considered to be a 'racist' remark about a member of British pop band Blue, who are coming to town on August 30.

In an interview with SAR, the spokesman said: '[Band member] Simon Webb may not be so much in favour because he's black. People in Hong Kong tend not to consider black people good-looking.'

The comment has caused outrage among EMI bosses as well as some SAR readers who wrote to complain the comment was racist. Dee Chau, marketing director for EMI Group Hong Kong Limited, said the spokesman was sent home yesterday while the company considered his future.

'People are screaming about this. It is a huge problem and we want to put it right,' Chau said.

'EMI is not racist. A promotional person speaks for the company; he has a great responsibility.'