31 May '17, 3am

It's 2017. Playing racial stereotypes for humour isn't funny anymore.

For Ng Hui Ling, the incident seemed like a case of using the minority race as a pawn for jokes. The 24-year-old social worker said: "Discrimination is so subtle and institutionalised in Singapore that we take it for granted. By featuring an Indian character reduced to stereotypes, it solidifies the belief that all Indian people are essentially this stereotype." "Dismissing it as harmless comedy neglects the fact that media images reinforces our perception of reality," she added. 27-year-old executive Hudzaifah Juwanda shared the same sentiments. Hudzaifah said: "Ultimately, this situation is a symptom of greater underlying issues, namely the problem of majority privilege. The fact that minorities are expected to take such behaviour in their stride simply because they need to 'lighten up, it's just a joke' just goes to show how disconnected the different races have become....

Full article: https://www.youth.sg/Our-Voice/Your-Take/2017/5/Playing-a...

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