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Ernest Prakasa responds to controversy over upcoming movie 'Imperfect'

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, September 23, 2019  /  04:30 pm
Ernest Prakasa responds to controversy over upcoming movie 'Imperfect'

A still from 'Imperfect: Karier, Cinta dan Timbangan' (Imperfect: Career, Love & Scale). (StarvisionPlus' YouTube/File )

Comedian and filmmaker Ernest Prakasa released the teaser trailer and poster for his upcoming film Imperfect: Karier, Cinta & Timbangan (Imperfect: Career, Love & Scale) on Thursday.

Based on a book by Meira Anastasia’s, Ernest’s wife, the film is said to focus on self-acceptance.

The teaser film and poster show a huge transformation in the appearance of lead actress Jessica Mila, from slender-figured to overweight and tanned skin.

Ernest shared on his Twitter that the actress had to gain 10 kilograms to play the role of a chubby women.

Some Twitter users expressed their surprise at seeing Jessica's transformation.

"Honestly, I'm surprised to see Jessica Mila, she's willing to be fat for Imperfect," commented @pathbingsoo.

Meanwhile @ashforlyfe tweeted, "Jessica Mila was willing to gain 10 kilograms for Imperfect. We need to appreciate this by asking our friends to watch the film."

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However, not everyone is excited to see the film.

Twitter user @tasilsa shared her two cents, sarcastically commenting that she “loved” the idea that women had to “balance” career, love and scale.

@firdalarasati responded to @tasilsa's tweet, saying that she felt uncomfortable about the poster.

Meanwhile @_gladhys shared her struggles with being overweight.

In a thread, she tweeted, “And [it] looks like this film, starring an originally slim-figured fair-skinned pretty actress, will try to romanticize what many fat girls struggle with. How can you make a romance-comedy about this experience?”

Responding to the controversy, Ernest said that people had protested even since he announced that Jessica Mila would be the film’s star.

He told his followers to be patient as the film was still in the process of being made and asked those who had objections to wait until it was released. (jes/kes)