At Popspoken, there are times when we rely too heavily on international entertainment. We know there is local buzz and we sure as hell do all we can to promote it though.
However, it looks like singer/songwriter Inch Chua has had enough about Singaporeans’ attitudes towards local music.
In a public Facebook note published on Tuesday, Inch slams Singaporeans, calling them “a general mass of people who just don’t care or are just too close-minded to see the bigger picture”.
She further announces that she will be moving out of Singapore to pursue her career “due to the fact that its the only choice I have, thanks to your pathetic need of validation from elsewhere before you see things clearly for yourself”.
She says she doesn’t think she “could have tried any harder with you, Singapore.” Inch further talks about how Singaporeans tend to make bad associations with local music and the media has to intentionally highlight that a local musician plays an “original composition”.
(I wanna say that is a stupid mistake coming from the well-trained media because “composition = original”, but I’m not sure if we’ve done it before. If we have, we apologise. We’re not dumb, FYI.)
She also took a shot at the government by asking why the independent music community receives “minimal government support”. The note also reveals she has been hurt “for a long time now” because of this issue.
Let’s place this note in check.
For the longest time, people still have misconceptions that anything local is inferior to imported stuff.
Local fashion? Nah, Prada for me.
Local music? I’d rather listen to BIGBANG.
Local sports? How about calling Man U “our club”?
It’s an inferiority complex that we deal with. As Singaporeans, we are never good enough. Our education system tries to make us top scholars but we still flee to other countries in search of a better future. We are so disillusioned with this island that anything even remotely associated to it deserves the very most disgusting comments in our vocabulary.
Is it fair to our local talent who are frankly, better than some fatass diva who bosses TV show crew around? Hell no. But do Singaporeans really have enough pride for their country to support its talent? Maybe the Fun Pack Pack saga shows our “allegiance” to the country, but then again, Singaporeans love to comment on the bad stuff.
We’re gonna issue a challenge. Inch Chua, Popspoken wants you to lay it all out here. Email us (you know where to find it) and we’ll ensure your voice gets heard.