Singaporean fitness studio apologizes for posting ‘race-insensitive’ Diwali video on Instagram


Some viewers have suggested they are shaking their heads from side to side as they say no to parties during Diwali, which is one of the festival’s official celebrations in multiracial Singapore.

Representative image. Facebook / f45trainingserangoongardensouth

Singapore: A Singapore fitness studio, part of the US-based F45 Training franchise, has apologized for a video of Diwali “race-insensitive” posted to his Instagram account.

The studio, in the residential suburb of Serangoon Garden, posted a 14-second video on its Instagram Story, where two women were seen shaking their heads side to side saying “Happy Deepavali,” according to a report from Asia Channel News (ANC).

Some viewers have suggested that they are shaking their heads from side to side as they say no to parties during Diwali, which is one of the festival’s official celebrations with a full day’s vacation in a multiracial Singapore.

The video widely released after being reposted to other accounts has since been removed from the studio’s page.

In another Instagram story on Friday, the gym said it “received comments that this video was race-insensitive.”

“F45 has always been a fun, family place to exercise and we make lots of fun videos with our members,” he writes.

“Our intentions were never to make fun or hurt anyone. Diwali is the festival of lights and love,” the channel said, quoting F45.

The fitness studio added that it was “very sorry for the mistake and hope to ask for your forgiveness.”


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