So, a fortnight ago, Droo and I attended the Singapore Day event held in the Domain, which I had booked tickets for a while back. The event was pretty fun and I had originally planned to film a follow up vlog about the whole thing, until I read about the controversy surrounding the day.
Apparently, some “terribly unfortunate” Australian named James Poder didn’t prebook tickets online for the day and was turned away at the gate. Outraged by his ejection from the grounds, he called 2GB radio to cry racism! Obviously, he was being turned away for being white! How truly terrible for him!
Seriously. Singapore Day was pretty well attended. Obviously, the number of Singaporeans outnumbered the number of non-Singaporeans attending the event. Droo and I did make a sort of game counting all the clearly non-Singaporean people invited by their friends to attend. We counted about a dozen each. So, we know for a fact that at least 24 non-Singaporeans attended the event (not including Droo).
So here’s a letter to Mr Poder and his oversized sense of entitlement.
Dear Mr Special Snowflake,
How dare the Singaporean Government pay the Royal Botanic Gardens oodles of money to use your property for a private event, hire an Australian security firm and event staff, and ship a whole bunch of hawkers and entertainers to Sydney without feeding your sense of entitlement? How dare we use our own money to organise and plan an event in a public space without allowing the white people, the rightful owners of the land, to just waltz in without a ticket and poke things? Truly, I weep with shame at our clearly brazen waste of Australian taxpayer money that we didn’t use to begin with. Boo hoo hoo. Waaaah.
The organisers were checking people for tickets, IDs or hand stamps all day long. Did the mean Ms Event Organiser turn you away at the gate because you didn’t bring one of these things? Did you go and wail to the nearest other Caucasian couple you saw because you didn’t get into an exclusive event? Awww, did ickle bubbykins get a booboo on his substantial ego? Poor precious. We are terribly racist against people who don’t have tickets!
I mean it’s not like YOU’RE racist, right? Some of your best friends are Singaporean! You’ve even been to Singapore a few times! That totally entitles you to some special treatment that allows you to get into exclusive events without a ticket.
Let’s be serious now.
You didn’t get into the event because you didn’t book a ticket in advance. Oh, you wanted to buy a ticket at the gate? Tickets were sold out long ago, whiny boy. I had to get mine two months in advance of the event and even then I couldn’t get enough for all my friends because guess what? THEY HAD RUN OUT.
Maybe it’s time to put on your big boy pants and ‘fess up to your own stupidity. You didn’t get a ticket, so you didn’t get in. Don’t go crying racist when your whiny sense of white person entitlement makes your head bigger than it should be.
While you’re putting on your pants, why not watch this video of my best friend, Droo, enjoying an Old Chang Kee curry puff while totally ignoring your plight. Droo is not only officially white, but also isn’t a Singaporean citizen. But he somehow managed to get in. So did all the other white people who are clearly milling about in the background. I wonder how he did it. (HINT: He had a ticket.)
A Becky Lee
PS. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in receiving a Special Snowflake Trophy. A Second Place Special Snowflake Trophy has also been given to the very racist Singaporean “gentleman” who wrote about being happy that there weren’t any “PRCs, India Indians, Bangla or Pinoys to annoy us“. Shame on you, sir! SHAME!
PPS. Third place Special Snowflake Trophy goes to the folks at Newscorp for being lazy journalists, not doing their research properly, and giving this guy time of day.