Thursday 16 October 2014

Singapore goes viral - again - thanks to Agatha Tan & 'Pink Fat Lady'

Remember in July when Singapore went a weird hot streak where a series of local news items got international attention?

I'm talking about the NLB gay penguins tango, the Archie gay wedding comic book ban and the anti-gambling World Cup ad starring Andy.

It seems to be happening again this month.

Starting small, the first is not quite local news, but it involves a Singaporean, cartoonist Heng Kim Song, whose NYT cartoon received some backlash:
BBC: India Mars Mission: New York Times apologises for cartoon

Indiatimes: New York Times Issues Apology For Racist Cartoon On India's Mars Mission

Business Standard: Online anger forces NYT to apologize for 'racist' cartoon

We also had the To Singapore, With Love movie controversy (although technically this started last month):
New York Times: Banned Film Reunites Singapore With Its Exiles

The Independent (UK): Have you heard about the film Singapore has banned its people from watching? Well, you have now

Huffington Post: For Yale in Singapore, It's Deja-vu All Over Again

Then came Hwa Chong student Agatha Tan's open letter about a "sexist" relationship workshop in school:
Buzzfeed: A Teen’s Open Letter About Her School’s Sexist Sex-Ed Class Is Going Viral

Huffington Post: 17-Year-Old Spells Out Everything Wrong With Her Lousy Sex Ed Class

Jezebel: Badass Teen Pens Letter Against Focus on the Family Sex Ed Workshop

And of course Pizza Hut's 'Pink Fat Lady' receipt:
Buzzfeed: Pizza Hut Apologizes For Calling A Woman A “Pink Fat Lady” On Her Receipt

Time: Pizza Hut Singapore Apologizes for Calling Customer ‘Pink Fat Lady’ on Receipt

Gawker: Pizza Hut Customer Says They Called Her "Pink Fat Lady" on a Receipt

I expect the open letter by Gurmit Singh's daughter to Forever 21 about misogynistic rap songs to appear on Jezebel some time soon.

I would love to see John Oliver's take on that.

PS: No one outside Singapore seems to care about Singapore Sports Hub's grass problem.

UPDATE: Unexpectedly, it is the local news item about a Singapore fisherman catching a basket star that has gone viral internationally.
Huffington Post: Bizarre Sea Creature Caught In Singapore Looks Like Kraken Come To Life

Salon: Check out the terrifying deep-sea creature someone pulled out of the ocean

USA Today: Fisherman catches terrifying creature off the coast of Singapore