Sepet and Gubra was discussed negatively on national TV. Scene’s in Gubra was criticized as being insensitive to the multi-racial audience. Scenes in Gubra have been written in a prominent writer’s blog as not potraying Islam in its true colors, not to mention misleading. Articles in the papers condemns Yasmin for making such controversial movie, and LPF was slammed for not cutting a single scene in Gubra.
With all these negative publicity, what did Yasmin Ahmad wrote in her blog in her defence?
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. She wrote a post on something that do not relate almost at all with Sepet, or Gubra. She went on a lecture about brand.
It is in my opinion, that she had taken the route any wise (wo)man would take: just lay low, and let the flame dies. We are like that, again and again, to arouse something, until we’re out of new fact. Then it’ll die like fire out of fuel.
I believe, all that Raja Azmi, Faizal Tehrani and those who think alike, could only stir up dust in this matter. Yasmin Ahmad is too opinionated to budge an inch. She would just sit silently, in her comfy corner, and let all the babbles die out.
No publicity is bad publicity. That sentence have two meanings to me:
- the worst publicity is when you have no publicity at all, and/or;
- there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
Just take the case of Adlin Aman Ramli. If not because of the LRT advertisement (which was coincidentally directed by Yasmin), he wouldn’t be as popular as today. Now he’s hosting Wakenabeb, being invited as guests on shows and I’m seeing more of him on TV and the silver screen than his entire profession prior to the controversy.
The same goes to the RM45 Gulai Kepala Ikan Tongkol (RM45 Tuna Head Curry) controversy. Yes, the makcik (which was coincidentally not Yasmin) was summoned for not placing proper price tags, but her business have never been better. She had come to a point where her restaurant only open for several hours before everything runs out and they call it a day.
I can only hope the same will be for Yasmin. I’d hate to lose her in this silly battle, as then we will have to endure silly movies like those from PMRM and YH, or silly advertisement like those Breeze (“kawe doh sedia”) ads and such.
Yasmin, S.O.S (Save Our Screens)