I am not racist, but I am indignant toward whatever is wrong. Like this article about showing displeasure to Filipinos in Singapore. Early today, a friend posted this link to my Facebook wall and told me to read it for earth’s sake. I saw other friends sharing the same link with infuriated comments about both the article and the author; however, I did not get mad at all—it made me laugh instead. I was sure that this is another troll post, something to gather traffic toward his or her site by promoting hate against Filipinos who are known to be social media enthusiasts. But yeah, it was not offensive for me; it was silly, funny, and invalid. Here are my reasons as to why I find this hate post a big joke.
1. The author claims that Filipinos suck at English. Well, I highly doubt that. For one thing, the author must remember that their telemarketing and contact centers will not survive without the help of Filipinos who “suck” at English (I need to raise my sarcasm sign here, lest some people do no get it). Also, I would bet my head that a single Filipino can speak better English than a hundred Singaporeans combined. Regarding this, a friend commented: “He [the author] probably has, like, [two] friends? A Filipino who happens to have a poor command in English and a teddy bear he molests at night.”
2. Nudging people and making it look accidental is a universal gesture of insecurity and rudeness. May apply to you whether or not your “victim” is a Filipino.
3. Another thing that author suggests is to create an artistic mess on your plate when dining at Jollibee or any Filipino-themed restaurants in Singapore. To quote: “Toss food into your mouth, chew thoroughly, then spit it out. Bite another morsel and repeat. Do this till your plate is a masterpiece of regurgitated nastiness. Ask for the bill (pay in cash), scribble ‘Pinoy food fucking tastes like shit’ on the receipt and remember to leave that piece of paper behind.” Yes, you may be showing your displeasure, but you are also embarrassing yourself—an uncivilized human being who does not know how to dine. Let’s leave it at that. You also implied that you have, in some instances in your life, eaten shit.
4. The author urges Singaporeans to not render any help to Filipinos who are involved in serious traffic accidents, take photos of the scene, and tweet it with the caption: “Hopefully another Pinoy has breathed his last on the little red dot. RIP. NOT.” Sure, this is anyone’s prerogative really, but be prepared to receive thousands of hate responses.
5. I find it funny that after promoting hate, the author still believes that God will hear their prayer for a biblical-type flood to wash Filipinos out their country.
6. Comparing Filipinos to cockroaches is kind of a compliment: that Filipinos are feared by both men and women and are difficult to exterminate. Keep that in mind.
But no, I will not promote any hate against Singaporeans here, and hopefully, I haven’t. I leave it with the words of a friend addressed to the author of the post: “If you believe in something so bad, why not put your name on it? In an SEO perspective though, smooth! Your page views must be crazy right now. Just do what you do and get enough money from your blog to buy yourself a decent domain name like, iamsad.com or imanuglytroll.com.”
UPDATE: As of this editing, the original post of Blood Stained Singapore to which I wrote this post as a reponse–as well as the entire blog–has been taken down by Google as it violated their rules against hate speech. You can read the entire news here.