Disheartening tweet shows the hurtful stereotypes that still exist in S’pore
Lessons for everyone.
On June 28, 2019, Twitter user Madhu (@H0NEYBIX) shared her experience of being stereotyped by a fellow Singaporean.
Her tweet has since gone viral, with over 9,000 retweets and more than 6,500 likes.
I’ve had enough of being treated like this in my own country pic.twitter.com/f9MMWTGXRb
— madhu (@H0NEYBIX) June 28, 2019
Approached to do a survey
According to Madhu, she was approached by a lady to do a survey.
After helping her with it, the lady allegedly told Madhu to buy skin lightening creams, as her helper from the Philippines who had dark skin became “very pretty” after using it:
The lady allegedly went on to make more insinuations about Madhu’s nationality and socio-economic status, asking her if:
- She was a Singaporean
- She lived in a condominium
- Both her parents were Singaporean
After Madhu replied “yes” to all three questions, the lady went on to state how “rare” it was for Singaporean Indians to live in a condominium.
“Both of us are Singaporeans?”
According to Madhu, the lady then went on to make certain distinctions between them, despite the fact that both women are Singaporeans.
Other minorities share their accounts of discrimination
Sadly, this incident is not an isolated case.
In response to the tweet, other users also shared their own experiences of the discrimination they face in Singapore.
One Chinese Singaporean even recounted how her workplace held certain negative and unfounded views towards minorities.
Survey company apologised
The survey company reportedly apologised to Madhu after she contacted them about the incident:
Madhu has also made it clear that she is not anti-Chinese, nor does she condone any form of racism towards any group of people.
However, she hopes that her fellow Singaporeans will be more mindful about the stereotypes and discrimination that still exist in the country, and encourages minorities to speak up about their experiences.
Top image courtesy of H0NEYBIX on Twitter