Journalist pesters S’porean actress Jayley Woo over WhatsApp to talk about Aloysius Pang
A journalist in Singapore has come under fire for his unprofessionalism in dealing with his subject’s grief:
And as it turns out, that one screenshot was just the tip of the iceberg.
In two more screenshots of a WhatsApp chat provided by a Mothership reader, more messages exchanged between Jayley Woo and the paparazzi reporter — presumably the same one from the previous screenshot — were revealed.
Here’s a translation of the Chinese text:
“Journalist: Hihi sorry it is a terrible time but appreciate if you can talk for three mins
I understand you may be very very sad. So you reveal everything…
And now you catch attention of everyone… But then you won’t answer a journalist who tries to make sure everything he writes is factual.
No Aloysius would not have done it this way or to me. Not to someone he knows or respects I believe.
Everyone is sad. But I cherish every chance I can write about him, not to regret any mindless mistakes later.
Jayley: Sure you do dear brother
It’s my way of remembering him when I lost most of the photos but kept the memories. Say what you want brother but please, I trouble you, I beg you, don’t sensationalise his death. After all when he was injured, you appear to have used him as the headlines for the those couple of days. I won’t be pursuing that, but just for this, I can’t get over it, please understand.
Journalist: This is the price that a public figure has to pay, isn’t it?
When you want, you get media to write. But when you don’t want, you call it “making use”
How can there be such a thing?
Jayley: Celebrities are different from others, that’s right but I’m also a human-being, brother and I’ve already said I’m not replying so I will not reply. Hope to seek your understanding.
Journalist: A person only dies once, shouldn’t a reporter ensure that the last report is verified and accurately presented?
You sure you are suited to be a celebrity with this mindset?
I’m sorry, I know you are devastated, but who isn’t?
Jayley: I can’t give you the verification you want, brother
I’m not suitable (to be a celebrity), frankly speaking I really joined the showbiz by mistake.
“Journalist: Or should we snoop around, and then write something inaccurate?
Then you’ll come and scold the media for making use of you and making use of the deceased
Jayley: Perhaps that is already so
I’m not very clear-headed now. If I do anything to offend you, I apologise
Journalist: Can we talk?
Jayley: But I don’t owe anyone anything
Journalist: Of course
Jayley: Others are are reporters/ journalists too. They are respectful too.
Journalist: But if in the end it’s because you didn’t handle this properly
Jayley: But you keep digging my wounds even after being rejected
Journalist: And it becomes an unfavourable consequence
Jayley: And you didn’t stop, brother
Journalist: It shouldn’t be the sole responsibility of the media
You are responsible too
Jayley: It’s ok. Anyway I’ve already said, right now in this world, the ones I owe the most to are my parents.
Photo from Instagram @Jayleybeans and Mothership reader via @Jayleybeans