Ho Ching shares link to Pink Dot event on Facebook. Drama ensues.
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The Prime Minister’s wife shares a lot of things on Facebook.
And if you’ve ever visited her Facebook page, you’ll know what we mean — we scrolled through no less than 124 Facebook posts between 7:25am and 8:35am. On Monday. Alone.
But we digress from the main reason we’re here, which is that on Friday, February 16, one of her posts, put up at the crack of dawn (6am sharp) triggered a lot more discussion and response than usual.
It was this one:
The first thing we should say is Ho shares a lot of links without leaving comments on them — i.e. she shares them without adding any text to indicate her sentiment toward or against whatever it is she is sharing.
So there is always a level of ambiguity with regard to her views on any given link, organisation or issue she might be sharing a link about.
But let’s get straight to what happened next:
1. The Pink Dot movement shared a screenshot of her post.
They did this on Instagram stories, but it drew significant attention to Ho’s post, including from the anti-Pink Dot camp…
2. Folks on both sides of the fence went at her, and each other, in the comments.
The very supportive folks:
The ones who were ambivalent:
And of course, the ones who were completely furious and outraged:
Some even cautioned her of the implications of her actions — even though Ho was at no point politically elected into any of the positions she currently holds:
We’d just like to, at this juncture, remind you that all this came from her sharing a link to the event.
Well done, everyone.
To reward you for reaching the end of the article, here’s a rare example of Ho Ching actually saying something in a Facebook post:
Top photo via Ho Ching’s Facebook page