I’m taking a break from blogging about the row in a expresso cup between the WP and the PAP, even though it’s one of the best comedy shows I’ve come across. Below is something on the Pink party and the ISA that I wrote earlier but didn’t post because of:
- Tweedledum and Tweedledee
- Agreed to have a battle;
- For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
- Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Now that kill-joy Low is trying stop this variant of the Punch and Judy show, I’ve got one more post on the matter coming out next week. Will the the last until further facts become public, as they will, in the fullness of time, actually quite soon.
Now to the Pink Dot event, and the ISA. Skip right to footnote 2 for the bit on the ISA, and the PM’s latest goof.
Barrie, the hybrid bear from Singaland where no lions roam, and from Canada where bears roam freely and where gays can marry and otherwise live openly as gay without social , physical or legal retribution, wrote a few weeks ago:
As an observer* of Pink Dot celebration the last few years, I can say that Pink Dot has lost its original focus. Isn’t this event supposed to be an awareness programme to help Singaporeans accept that there are gay people? So what’s all this feel-good celebration that has nothing to do with the cause?
The above is like Christmas becoming so commercialised, many Christian conservatives are brooding on the fact that the real spirit of Christian Christmas is no longer around.
At the rate Pink Dot is going, in a few years’ time we would have about a hundred thousand people supporting the Pink Dot event, having a good time partying, but hardly anyone would give a thought or two that LGBTs are fighting for their rights.
Waz wrong with the event becoming fun and commercialised, and not being about fighting for rights?
I’m not privy to the strategy of the organisers, but I’m sure the party atmosphere is deliberate. It’s aimed at saying,”We too are human. We too love to have fun. We’re like you, straights.” What better way of showing the effectiveness of this strategy, then by attracting partying by people not like them: heterosexuals.
An “awareness programme” need not be made of long, boring sermons by earnest, serious activists (rifles, beards and glass eyes are options, as US preachers show). An American civil rights activist (I can’t remember his name) became a media mogul by entertaining black readers while educating them on what the Civil Rights movement was trying to achieve, and why the movement mattered.
He effectively commercialised civil rights, but so what?
Coming back to Pink Dot: the LGBT community here despite 377A** are now part of the community, accepted by most S’poreans (albeit with great reluctance by certain S’poreans and some sections of communities).Even those who are not willing to accept the community, recite, “Hate the sin, love the sinner”.
Even ST reported it, albeit hide on page 16 (See my take***). TRE and TOC, as usual, reported the Pink Dot party prominently.
Barrie Bear grumbles, “Note the feel-good, let’s-party, dance-till-we-drop atmosphere. Whatever happened to the theme gay rights activists are campaigning for like the repeal of S377A?”
If I were an organiser, I’d say to him,”We, S’poreans and FTs, straight or queer are partying because to quote you ‘for the majority of Singaporeans, it is a non-issue and a non-affair’. We are part of the community, not a marginalised minority stuck in a ghetto. For that God be praised.”
Cunning buggers these LGBT community leaders. By turning the event into a commercial event, like Christmas, they made LGBT activism, mainstream. Juz like the early Christians who “borrowed” a pagan event (which had orgies) and turned it into a religious, festive event, which only returned to its pagan roots via commercialisation.
*Actually he should also add “as a critic of the LGBT movement”
**I personally wish the members of the community stop bitching about 377A as though it were the ISA. Sure it would be better if 377A were abolished, but the movement keeps on thriving despite its existence. On the ISA, I think this is how it should be looked at http://wisementalking.tumblr.com/post/50971147692/operation-spectrum-and-the-internal-security-act-why: irrelevant.
The state shot off both of its feet http://wisementalking.tumblr.com/post/50973572926/operation-spectrum-the-internal- security-apparatus-and, giving a reason for its abolition. But then our PM is obsessed with the “right” politics and “right” way of thinking, not doing the right things.
***FTR, TRE came out with several articles on the party when it came online.