Actress Quan Yifeng: Amos Yee’s parents should have brought him to see a doctor a long time ago
This is how you drum up publicity for your new movie.
In a bid to draw some attention to their latest film, Young & Fabulous — supposedly Singapore’s first cosplay-themed movie by director Kelvin Sng — co-stars Quan Yifeng and Gurmit Singh were waylaid into spending some time during their press conference talking about 17-year-old Amos Yee, who was recently arrested and charged for making a YouTube video that hurt some people’s feelings.
The tenuous link between this cosplay-themed movie and Amos Yee that warranted some commentary from the showbiz types?
Well, Young & Fabulous is a movie about teenagers and Quan and Gurmit are adults in it, which makes them automatically qualified to comment on parenting skills because they happen to have children in real life too.
Or something along these lines.
Anyways, here is the video of them talking about Amos:
Speaking in Mandarin, Quan said:
A lot of people are criticising him, saying poor parents, and that he should be punished.
But I feel that we should separate it into two different issues.
Gurmit has a point as well, everyone will have their own opinions.
I feel we should separate the issues. If the child is not taught well, it is the parents’ fault. But I have seen cases where the problem lies with the child.
He should really see a doctor. It’s not that his parents did not care. He could be a really problematic child, and his parents should have brought him to see a doctor.
If they did and he had treatment, he might not have committed such a grave mistake.
So yes, if it is a teenager or younger, the parents have to assume the bulk of the responsibility. But for Amos, I think he has a illness. He should see a doctor. His parents should have brought him to see a doctor a long time ago.
Not only did the veteran artistes publicly comment about Amos, whose case is before the courts, the younger actors in the movie — Joshua Tan, Jeffrey Xu and Joyce Chu — also had their two cents’ worth to offer.
It has to be noted that both Jeffrey Xu (Chinese) and Joyce Chu (Malaysian) are non-Singaporeans, which means that they are to a certain extent dabbling in domestic politics for personal gain in their professional capacity as foreign artistes, as they are using this Amos Yee incident as a talking point leverage to draw attention to their commercial movie project — even as the case, we repeat, is before the courts — and where the video that got Amos in trouble had made specific references to Lee Kuan Yew, which was perhaps one of the reasons he was hauled up by the authorities in the first place.
Regardless, here is their video: