This is what happen when you fan the ego of a little boy too much and leave it unchecked.
Last year, Zhonghua Secondary School student, Amos Yee was the winner of both the Best Actor and Best Short Film awards at The New Paper’s inaugural FiRST Film Fest for his film, Jan, a funny, witty entry about a boy desperately trying to cajole his three friends to help a girl who has cancer:
This year, his mentor from the FiRST Film Fest, Singapore’s top box-office director, Jack Neo gave him a small acting role in his upcoming Chinese New Year movie, We Not Naughty 《孩子不坏》. Instead of being grateful for the exposure, the boy ranted off and criticised the movie at a press conference:
“Do you realised that the film has a lot of fade in and jumps from scenes over and over and over again,” the Zhonghua Secondary School student said and added, “That is confusing.”
That’s not all. On the development of the characters in the movie, he said, “You can do it at the beginning but it goes on for the entire film.”
“And that bothers me,” he revealed, “and my whole family agrees that it’s freaking messy.”
Then he made this stupid video insulting Chinese for “copying American New Year” by celebrating Chinese New Year:
I bet this boy gets fail grades for his history.
The world now adopts the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western calendar, or Christian calendar) as the internationally accepted civil calendar. However, this do not mean that the 1 January we know of is the only marker for a new year.
Does Amos know there’s another lunar calendar for the Chinese?
Does Amos know there is also a Hijri calendar (or Muslim calendar or Islamic calendar) as well as many other different calendars for other cultures?
Does Amos know that the Chinese lunar calendar can be traced back to during the Shang dynasty(1766-1123 B.C.) while the current Gregorian calendar has only been in existence from the 15th century?
Technically, the Westerners “copied New Year” from the Chinese by Amos’ logic. This is really besides the point because with globalisation, people from around the world are learning to accept, respect and sometime tolerate others’ culture and practices.
It is sad enough that Amos, as a young Chinese boy do not embrace his own heritage; what’s worse, choose to denounce and poke fun of it publicly for the world to see.
There’s a Hokkien saying which should be conveyed to Amos: “Kiang Jiu Ho, Mai Kay Kia” (yes, you may be smart and talented, but you don’t have to overly flaunt it till you make yourself look stupid).
[Update: 21 Jan 2012] Mr Brown made a spoof video dedicated to Famous Amos: