We want to 'move on', says EMI

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 August, 2002, 12:00am

EMI Hong Kong says it's hoping to end the furore over what some readers considered a racist remark made by one of its spokesmen last week.

In an interview with SAR about hit UK boy band Blue, who are coming to Hong Kong on Friday, the spokesman said band member Simon Webb might not be in favour because people in Hong Kong tended not to consider black people good looking.

The comment outraged some readers. And several angry telephone complaints received by EMI prompted the company to deny it was racist, adding it was considering the future of the spokesman.

Yesterday, regional marketing director Gerand Wu said the employee would not be fired and sought to draw a line under the episode. 'The spokesman still works with us and will continue to work with us,' he said.

'We want to move on. EMI is all about music, and music has no racial or cultural boundaries ... '