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Hope Concert

Hope Concert

Please try to spread this around to your friends and support this concert if you can.

This was previously banned by the MDA back in 2005, and that’s what first propelled me into HIV/AIDS work, with AFA. Now they have issued a restricted license for this. I would understand why a play such as Happy Endings: Asian Boys Vol 3 would have an R18 rating, but not why an innocent concert like this, which features no nudity/semi-nudity or sexual references, no mature themes, no references to homosexuality deserves the same. The reason given by the MDA is that performers are a gay couple, and this also means that they are not allowed to advertise in mainstream media. Continue reading


December 2, 2007 Posted by | LGBTQ, singapore | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parodying the Horror

A parody of the MDA rap is already out. I wonder if they are going to be sued for defamation and copyright infringement too.

November 28, 2007 Posted by | Humour, singapore | , , | Leave a comment

“Yes yes y’all” Returns

I agree with Mr Brown, MDA should so sue KRS-One for infringing their copyright. They are after the first and original creators of the chorus of “yes yes y’all”, complete with the bling-bling and super-man costumes.

Anything to maintain our reputation as a vibrant and creative city.

November 27, 2007 Posted by | Humour | , , , | Leave a comment

When trying to be hip doesn’t work

Watching this MDA Management Rap is a little bit like cringing when your ageing mother or father consults a book on “Teenage slangs of the 21st century” and bursts out with “yo da best, dawg!” with a Cantonese accent when you come home with an A on your test. Actually it is a lot worse than that, because even the most enthusiastic parents wouldn’t try and “shake it” to a badly-written and composed rap song that sounds like they are reading off from a management brief.

The whole video is such a train wreck, that I don’t even know where to begin. Excruciatingly painful might begin to cover it, but that doesn’t come close to the horror and jaw-hanging I experienced when watching this. There is nothing worse than watching aged, balding chinese men (and women) in suits and ties trying to boogie [Not that it would be any better if it were people of other races – which actually there were none in the entire video]. Actually there is, and that is actually listening to them (trying to) rap with their colloquial accents. The music might have made the cut [only because I like the saxophone/trombone lead-in], but that doesn’t compensate for the rest of the trainwreck.

And they had the audacity to make a scene where this video is featured as one of the most popular videos on Youtube.

Actually, thinking about it, it just might be, because every other blogger is talking about it – but for all the wrong reasons. Better infamous than unknown? That’s for them to decide.

Isn’t it highly ironic, and sort of alarming, that MDA, the organisation entrusted with developing and promoting media in Singapore, and especially Singapore-made content, can’t even make a decent promotional ad that isn’t highly reminiscent of some secondary-school kids experimenting with iMovie? I mean, doesn’t SOMEONE at the organisation realise that this is a Very Bad Idea and should be throw in the digital trash as soon as possible? If they had shown it to at least one teenager before it was released, they could have avoided this PR disaster.

I am guessing not, and that leads to an even more sobering conclusion: the MDA is completely out of touch with what Singaporeans want and like.

And I thought the nightmare had reached its zenith when the PAP leaders decided to do hip-hop dancing at Chingay.

November 22, 2007 Posted by | Entertainment, Humour, singapore | , , , , | 2 Comments