Singaporean YouTuber Preetipls is facing massive backlash after uploading an extremely offensive rap video targeting Chinese Singaporeans. The video parodies Iggy Azalea's F*ck It Up and the lyrics were changed to insulting words. It was made as a response to an ad for E-Pay SG (a government-initiative) in which local actor Dennis Chew, who is of Chinese ethnicity, posed in different roles including as a hijabi and a man named K. Muthusamy, suggesting Indian heritage. Naturally, this advertisement received heavy criticism and was accused of brownface, which is impersonation of people with brown skin tones.
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But Preetipls' video is also equally condemned by the general public and the Singaporean government. "When you use four-letter words, vulgar language, attack another race, put it out in public, we have to draw the line," says Singapore Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam in an interview with Channel News Asia.
However, some say that Preetipls' video, offensive and wrong as it is, shed light on an important issue in Singapore. People also noted that before the YouTube star's video, the government didn't really discuss or acknowledge that the E-Pay ad was insensitive to the minorities living in Singapore. YouTube user SG Stop commented, "Prior to Preetipls releasing the video, none of the Ministers had anything to say about the distasteful ad that was clearly insensitive to the racial minorities. But today, we had both K Shanmugam and Grace Fu comment on how it was indeed distasteful. Does it take a provocative video for these Ministers to respond?"