S’poreans suspect there is something racist about FHM S’pore

Posted on 20 July 2013

Lack of racial diversity on magazine cover a bane.

How come no minorities one?

How come no minorities one?

Singaporeans from all walks of life and with varying scopes of imagination are saying they feel that there is something racist about FHM Singapore magazine.

These comments were made a day before Racial Harmony Day on July 21, an annual affair to mark the anniversary of the day in 1964 when various groups of people went ape in Singapore, overturning tables and feeling offended.

One astute Singaporean observer, Ba Wang Chan, who likes to browse FMH magazine in the bookstore but not buy it, said: “How come I don’t see any Singaporean minorities portrayed on the cover of FMH Singapore? Filipino don’t count, you know.”

This has led other Singaporeans to rationalise what it means to be racist or not.

Pa Chiu Cheng, a local, said: “Instead of talking so much cock and wasting taxpayers’ money doing surveys about whether or not Singaporeans are racist, we just need to ask one simple question: Do you even fantasise about someone of a different race? If so, how often? If not, why not?”

His directness, however, is not the only aspect that is overlooked about racism in Singapore.

“Racism is all around us in Singapore. It just manifests itself in various ways. It’s about knowing how to spot them. With the FHM covers, its presence is felt due to the absence of minorities,” said self-styled political pundit, Eric de Yaya, as he watched a pretty Chinese girl walk past him, because he is such a cheeky Eurasian man.

This post was written by:

- who has written 2685 posts on New Nation.

Wang Pei can be considered a new citizen of Singapore. She has been here all her life, just that her environment's changed beyond recognition.

Contact the author

  • Minghui Kuok

    Heard FHM tried asking Fiona Xie for a shoot, she refused. Now I heard they’re asking Emma Watson whether boleh or not.

  • reverendmilo

    FHM/Maxim in Singapore and the other Ah-Lad mags are a complete comedy chicken-and-duck act. It’s well known they cut and paste articles from the original US/UK versions (Grub Smith/Grub-fucking-Wong anyone?). The UK version of FHM has been happy to feature minority girls on their covers (and by the way, there is a far higher proportion of whites in the UK [80-86%] than Chinese in Singapore), so why are we STILL pretending Singapore is a Chinese country? It just isn’t.

  • Edmund Tan

    fHm is a live FL catalogue…what racist ???