Attention-Seeking 'Comedian' Slammed For Welcoming The 1975 To "Cancelled By M'sia" Club
A 'comedian', whose only main claim to fame is through succès de scandale, did not receive a response from the English pop rock band, The 1975, when she invited them to join the "Cancelled By Malaysia" club
The former Singaporean wrote a 455-word tweet on Sunday, 23 July, stating that she welcomes the band to the "cancelled" club, which she thinks is reserved for "cool kids".
In her desperate attempt to get attention after getting cold shoulders from the world following her less than 15 minutes of fame, the lawyer-turned-jokester said Malaysia has cracked the code to making world news.
According to her, for Malaysia to make headlines globally, it has to "massively overreact" to foreign acts. Couple that with criticism from ministerial officials, and the country will attain coverage from the Western media and widespread attention on social media.
She then compared the attention The 1975 has been getting lately to her recent time in the spotlight, when she was featured on CNN and BBC following her controversial jokes about the MH370 tragedy.
She also stated that news about Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) requesting for Interpol's assistance in locating her, as well as Matty Healy's controversial actions causing Good Vibes Festival 2023 to be cancelled, both made worldwide headlines.
As much as she wants to be Healy's equal, she is not.
Talent aside, Healy — as problematic as his approach was — attempted to stand up for the LGBT+ community. Meanwhile, the 'comedian' joked about a tragedy that claimed the lives of 239 people onboard MH370.
Her tweet on Sunday, with 16,000 views, did not get a response from the band. Many netizens criticised her for commenting on the issue and asked her to "shut up".
The controversial figure is currently milking the little attention she has regained since the hoo-ha in June.
In an Instagram Story published yesterday, 24 July, she welcomed "trolls" back to her profile.
"Wow, mainstream Singapore and Malaysian newspapers are reporting on my comments about Mattygate.
"So, welcome back, trolls! Just know that I won't be reading whatever nonsense you're writing, but have fun wasting your time!" she wrote.
To avoid platforming her, I'm not naming her and directing traffic to her socials. But what has she been up to since the controversy?
Not much, honestly. None of her social media accounts have seen a substantial increase in followers.
Her flash fame ended around the end of June with an interview with none other than Fox News, a scandal-laden right-wing news outlet in the US.
She once described herself as liberal during one of her sets at Comedy Cellar, New York. Her principles were thrown out the window.
"Wait... Fox News though?" read a top comment on her Instagram post, to which she replied, "It was a comedy panel."
"The whole [of Fox News] is a comedy," another netizen chimed in.
Prior to that, she was on an interview spree with various media outlets, such as The Independent, The New York Times, BBC, and South Morning China Post (SCMP).
In one of her interviews, she said she had been researching about extradition laws in other countries as she could be arrested by the Interpol when she arrives there.
One follower on her Instagram mentioned that she has been "radio silent" after the controversy, which is true
She has not posted any of her sets since early last month. She revealed that she went on a vacation and avoided reading news about her until much later.
She also nitpicked several political incidents as the basis of her arguments against government officials in Malaysia and Singapore.
Additionally, she continued her crusade of "tragedy + time = comedy" as her defence to her MH370 joke, citing that the sentiment was shared by comedians such as Lenny Bruce, Steve Allen, Mike Birbiglia, and even author Mark Twain.
As a former lawyer, she must have known using a saying as a defence is tenuous and has no basis of truth.
To international and local media outlets that intend to continue platforming her, remember this: she joked about the lives of 239 people
This is a fact. While free speech is important, we should not celebrate remarks that are hurtful to any groups, especially when they are victims of circumstance.
The situation would have been drastically different if someone from another country had joked about a tragic event that took place in the US. To date, 9/11 jokes are considered contentious, and possibly no one outside the US has made jokes about the incident.
There is a difference between being funny and hurtful. And, no, being sensitive over the lives of 239 people is not 'snowflake' behaviour.
If she or anyone needs joke ideas that are actually funny, please check out this story.
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