Please stop shitting on Amos Yee.

I do not agree with his views — I think he’s going over his own inflated head.

But that does not mean we should shit on him. For god’s sake, the kid is 16 years old. Everything that has happened so far says more about us as Singaporeans than it does about him.

We find someone with different opinions, and we do everything to beat them into shape, so that they fit the mould. Yee conveniently happens to be a loud-mouthed douchebag that is easy to hate.

So we pile on the hate. We file police reports because that is exactly the kind of culture we have – want to get someone in trouble? Tell mommy. Mother knows best, mother will take your problems away.

He’s 16 years old. Of course he’s arrogant, of course he does not know better, and you file police reports. A professional lawyer counts among the 20 or so police reports that have been filed against him.

Shame on you. You do not bother to try to talk to him on his level or understand him. You take his adolescent ramblings on his blog and YouTube channel at face value and judge him as an adult. You decide that the police would be ideal to counsel him, to change his mind through fear.

This is how school shootings start in the United States.

No one decided that they should attempt to talk to him, assuming that they will not be able to get through because of his arrogance (facade or not).

Read his blog, and you can tell that this is a kid who has been ostracized, hated on for large parts of his life because of his outspokenness, his different opinions. It’s almost as if there’s some underlying reason why he’s an unpleasant, hate spewing douchebag.

Sure, his accent grates on your ears – but that is no reason for an entire nation to turn on a 16-year-old boy. This is not about whether his opinions are right or wrong, this is not about how terrible his character is – this is a reminder on the kind of culture we have internalised.

Image credits: Wong Kwai Chow (STPHOTO)

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