Myleene Klass has called out a fellow celebrity for making their Filipino nanny work ‘illegal hours’.
The presenter, 44, whose mother is Filipino and father is Chinese, shared a lengthy Instagram post detailing the ‘casual racism’ she’s has heard people say to her as she demands her ‘Asian sisters are paid properly and treated fairly.’
She penned on her Stories: ‘Things I’ve had said to me living in North London… Get a Filipino. I have a Filipino. Filipinos are cheaper, speak to an agency. I have a lovely, quiet Filipino cleaner, you can borrow her.
‘We’re good to our Filipino, we send her home every Xmas. We’re leaving London, do you want our Filipino?
‘And one celeb.. “She wanted to come on holiday, she’d miss our kids” (the lady missed xmas with her own kids and was working 24/7, illegal hours).’
‘The lady was working 24/7’: Myleene Klass has called out a fellow celebrity for making their Filipino nanny work ‘illegally hours’ in a damning Instagram post
Speaking out: One shocking example she gave was that someone in the industry has been forcing their nanny to ‘work 24/7’
Slamming what she had heard, she wrote: ‘You don’t have any person, that would make you a slave owner. She’s not yours.
‘Also, if unsure, change the word Filipino to another race and see how that fits. Suddenly doesn’t sound so ‘ok’. Not doing my Asian sisters out of a job. Pay them and treat them properly.’
Myleene did not say who the celebrity friend is.
Her words come after she revealed she’s been ‘mistaken’ for her son Apollo’s ‘Filipino nanny’ in a candid Instagram post about her mixed-race heritage – following Everything Everywhere All At Once and its Asian cast triumphing at Sunday’s SAG Awards.
In the lengthy post, Myleene said that was recently as last week someone mistook her for her son’s nanny, and added the others don’t realise that the phrase is ‘casually racist.’
The star, who welcomed her son Apollo in 2019, wrote: ‘Even only last week, when out with my son, I was ‘mistaken’ as his Filipino nanny (gladly, it’s a noble role but one often taken for granted in North London where some Mums don’t realise how lucky they are to have ”help” and ”a Filipino” or that even this very phrase is casually racist).
‘The Asian community have to leave their kids to provide a better life for them, raising those not their own and expected to be overtly grateful for the often unfair pay, whilst invisible.’
In her post, Myleene also shared a slew of throwback snaps from throughout her career, including her time in the West End’s Miss Saigon – which is set during the Vietnam war – aged just 18.
The stunner then posted selfies with co-star and Filipino actress Lea Salonga, 52, as well as Jonathan Price, 75.
Opening up: The presenter, 44, whose mother is Filipino and Dad is Chinese, shared a lengthy Instagram post detailing the ‘casual racism’ she’s suffered from living in North London
She revealed that ‘exceptional’ actor Jonathan – who is white – was ‘Asianed up’ for the show with a black wig and ‘obligatory ‘slit eyed’ – while producers declared Myleene herself didn’t look ‘Asian enough’ to be cast.
The former Hear’Say singer also shared a clip of actor James Hong, 94, at Sunday’s ceremony saying: ‘Producers said the Asians were not good enough.’
‘And they were not box office. But look at us now!’ prompting wild applause from the audience to roar in applause.
In response Myleene penned: ‘Finally. The Asian invasion is coming’.
‘I’ve posted this as for a mixed race, Filipina (My mum’s Filipina, her dad’s Chinese), I never thought the day would come where the Asian community could finally stand tall and be recognised for their contributions, culture and above all, their talent’.
‘I’ve made no secret of the racism I faced growing up. ‘Chink’ and ‘Mongrel’ were terms I heard regularly’.
‘I was given plates to clear in the College dining room as ‘that’s what Filipinos do’. I’d face the school bus full with children slanting their eyes, taunting ‘ching chong”….
‘Asians have constantly been type cast as the kung fu experts, the violin playing geniuses, the obedient, ping pong bouncing asian brides. Well now, the world is changing’.
‘Casually racist’: It comes after Myleene revealed she’s been ‘mistaken’ for her son Apollo’s ‘Filipino nanny’ in a candid Instagram post about her mixed-race heritage
Inspired: Myleene, who’s mum is Filipino and Dad is Chinese, was inspired to share her thoughts following Everything Everywhere All At Once and its Asian cast triumphing at Sunday’s SAG Awards in Los Angeles (L-R) Brian Le, James Hong and Michelle Yeoh
‘Pic 1. Me parodying the American dream in my first west end role in Miss Saigon. I’m 18’.
‘Pic 2. with @msleasalonga, the girl who trailblazed for our community and showed the world our talent’.
‘Pic 3. The most important of all. Me with Jonathan Price. Exceptional actor AND the man they ‘Asianed up’, black wig, eye liner dragged across his eyes that had been stuck into the obligatory ‘slit eyed’ shape with tape,
”The irony of this pic? I had been told two times prior I didn’t look ‘Asian enough’ to be in the show’.
‘This is not hate on a time gone by (let’s hope) but Love on a HUGE scale for the Asian community that is now finally being seen and appreciated’.
‘Noble roles that they are, we are not just your nannies, nurses, brides, dry cleaners, geeks or an aesthetic. We’re now being recognised in our own right. We are here and in the words of (pic 4 )James Hong, ‘look at us Now’.
‘Love you my Asian Brothers and Sisters’
Michelle Yeoh made history as the first Asian woman to win outstanding performance by a female acto r in a leading role for Everything Everywhere All at Once.
‘I think if I speak, my heart will explode,’ she said as she accepted her trophy. ‘SAG-AFTRA, to get this from you, who understands what it is to get here. Every one of you knows the journey, the roller-coaster ride, the ups and downs. But most importantly, we never give up. I thank you.’
Co-stars: The stunner also posted selfies with her Miss Saigon co-star and filipino actress Lea Salonga, 52, as well as Jonathan Price, 75
Sad: She revealed that the ‘exceptional’ actor – who is white – was ‘Asianed up’ for the show with a black wig and ‘obligatory ‘slit eyed’ – after producers declared she didn’t look ‘Asian enough’ to be cast
Speaking out: In response, Myleene penned: ‘Finally. The Asian invasion is coming’
She continued: ‘I thank you for your love, for your support, because I know I am up against titans.’
‘Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is not just for me, this is for every single girl that looks like me,’ the Crazy Rich Asians actress added.
Ke Huy Quan became the first first Asian male to win the outstanding supporting actor award in the film category .
He thanked Yeoh during his speech and stated that he was ‘so glad that when we both started our careers in 1984’ and met ‘on the big screen.’
Quan then told other actors who are ‘struggling to be seen’ to ‘please keep going.’
‘Because the spotlight will one day find you,’ he concluded.
The film’s four wins saw it make SAG history – breaking the record for the most wins by a single film.