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Discriminatory Remarks

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I was browsing over a popular local online forum and there were a whole load of posts about the Project Superstar winner. The finale garnered a viewership of over a million, which is remarkable. I guess this is the only way Singaporeans can have the right to vote. That's why the show is so popular in our so-called "democratic" country. A visually impaired man won the competition, and harsh criticisms came along. In particular, there were discriminatory remarks towards people with disabilities. I was fuming when I saw a post titled "Are we gonna be anticipating a "Disabled Idol" competition anytime soon?" I see the need to reply to this immature threadstarter.

Threadstarter,

"Disabled" is a very sensitive word that shouldn't be used often. I can sense from your posts that you are trying to show that you are very proficient in the English language. But I'm shocked to see that you have no knowledge about the usage of sensitive words.

Your question could be interpreted in a number of ways. So I don't see the reason why someone can be an "idiot" or "retard" (Note: sensitve words) if they interpret the question in a different way from you. And this is a public forum, everyone have a right to say anything they want. I assume you support free speech.

I'll now try to provide an answer to your question. I guess everyone now knows that the winner of "Project Superstar" is a visually impaired man. This issue would definitely spark a series of debates on how he could be a superstar. Young people with physical challenges would see this as a motivation and participate in next year's competition. I assume that the preliminary stages would only be dependent on singing abilities, similar to this year. If one could sing well regardless of their physical abilities, why should we set aside another independent competition? Nobody is perfect. Why should there be a classification for people like Wei Lian? Such classification is a manifestation of discrimination.

I understand that you are worried that a large influx of people with physical challenges will be in singing competitions next year. But we will not be anticipating a separate "Disabled Idol" competition, for sure.

From your posts, I infer that you are trying to show that you are intellectually superior to people here. And I assume that you are physically superior as well, since I don't see that you or your friends or your family members have disabilities from the phrasing of your words. I urge you to use your superior abilities to help the less-abled society in Singapore in one way or another. I really hope to see a more open society over here. We are a far way back from our counterparts in Europe or the U.S where they see these less-abled people as normal people who go on with their lives like anyone else.

The competition is over, go on with your life and we go on with our lives too.


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8:20 PM

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it    



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