A Vietnamese comedian has publicly apologized on social media after being sharply criticized for his unexpected proposal in an awards ceremony broadcast live on television.
Truong Giang, a famous comedian actor in Vietnam, said sorry on Monday on Facebook for impulsively appropriating the television program’s time in order to propose to his girlfriend on January 18.
The unexpected proposal took place at the 22nd annual Golden Ochna Awards ceremony held at the Ho Chi Minh City Television Theater, which honors the year’s excellent performers in Vietnamese entertainment.
After his name was announced as the Favorite Actor, Giang began speaking into the microphone while standing on the rostrum.
“Now, I’m going to do this. And this I will do only once in my life,” he said with joy.
Taking out a ring from the flower bouquet in his arm out of the blue, he asked, “Can anyone here see my honey?”, before being interrupted three times by an emcee.
He then rushed off stage to where his love, actress Nha Phuong, was sitting, amidst the confused noise of the audience.
His ‘mini-show’ caused an over-two-minute frenetic confusion in the program, resulting in the exclusion of the Favorite Singer announcement by national channel VTV9.
Many people expressed their approval and interest in his public romanticism, but others frowned upon it, criticizing his rashness and blithe disregard for the hosts and his girlfriend.
Some were even more extreme and asked to deprive him of the title.
Several days after the incident, he posted his chastened letter, saying that he owed the audience and the television station who organized the ceremony a sincere apology.
“In a lapse of self-restraint caused by the award and the long-existing desire to propose to my love, I caused trouble for the live program,” he said in the letter.
He added that he has “learned the lesson” so that he will not allow himself to rock the boat at such a massive scale again.