CNA formally cuts Subhas Nair from National Day documentary after he shared about his involvement
Articles related to his involvement in this programme have also been removed.
On July 31, 2019, Subhas Nair posted a video on Instagram saying that he was “looking forward” to the premiere of ROAR, an upcoming musical documentary.
The documentary was going to feature four musicians in Singapore — Benjamin Kheng, Aisyah Aziz, Wang Weiliang and Subhas Nair.
These musicians were tasked with writing some music for National Day.
Subhas had collaborated with Migrants Band Singapore for a song called Utopia.
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? Looking forward to the premiere of ‘ROAR’ on Aug 3rd & 4th on @channelnewsasia ! • Can’t wait to share the entire process of how we made ‘UTOPIA‘ – which is how streaming on all platforms! Scroll through for lyrics of the spoken word section ➡️➡️➡️ • Migrant justice has always been an issue that is close to my heart in so many ways. Collaborating and creating with Migrants Band Singapore and uplifting their talents, voices, and truths onto a larger platform has been the highlight of my 2019. • To the work that is to come ✊?
Previously, he also shared a teaser to the documentary on his Facebook page:
ROAR is scheduled to air on Aug. 3 and 4, 2019.
CNA removed Subhas from ROAR
Following Subhas’ announcement, a CNA media statement on July 31 confirmed that Subhas has been removed from ROAR.
CNA has also taken down the articles related to his involvement in this programme.
The cutting of ties with Subhas was believed to have taken place the night before on July 30 as links to ROAR resulted in dead ends.
A Today report has also mentioned the removal.
Today previously wrote about the musical documentary with a link to a ROAR teaser video.
The CNA documentary link currently shows a page displaying an “Error 404” message.
However, ROAR will continue to be aired on Aug 3 and 4 as planned with Subhas’ involvement taken out.
Will not associate with individuals who intentionally threaten racial harmony
Currently, Subhas and sister Preeti (also known as Preetipls) are being investigated for a video that they created in response to an E-pay “brownface” advertisement.
On July 30, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam pointed out that the song used “four-letter words on Chinese Singaporeans (and) vulgar gestures”, which could incite minorities to be angry at Chinese Singaporeans.
CNA said that they “strongly (object) to all such offensive content which threatens racial harmony” and “will not associate with individuals who intentionally create such content”.
This is CNA‘s full statement:
Subhas Nair appeared in a rap video that was circulating online. The video is the subject of a police investigation and has since been taken down from Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. The video used four-letter words and vulgarities to insult Chinese Singaporeans. Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has said the video was meant to make minorities angry with Chinese Singaporeans. CNA strongly objects to all such offensive content which threatens racial harmony and will not associate with individuals who intentionally create such content. As a result, CNA has removed Mr Nair from its upcoming musical documentary ROAR and taken down the articles related to his involvement in this programme.
ROAR will air on CNA this weekend.
Top photo via Preetipls video screenshot and Subhas Instagram.