MIND THE SODOM, HERE'S THE MOOLAH
(Remaking Singapore Without Question)
days, theres one giant fervor of a spirit sweeping the island, sprinkling
desperate stardust of renaissance-chic that could turn an Indonesian haze
into Hendrixs Purple Haze for that funky youthful beckoning. And
this crazy hype worthy of a national hysteria is none other than, da-da
Oh, dont even think Ill try pitching that if-it-aint-broke
argument which has already been defensively tackled the moment the campaign
began. What did they say? You think Id bother with that nonsense
the way theyd bother with mine? Gimme a break
thats one catch-phrase thats hard to erase from my Chee-ky
memory of our people-serving press Bertha-Butt-Boogie arguments).
naturally requires a certain amount of dirt-digging, if not airing of
dirty laundry. So heres one from the annals of the family institution:
homosexuality (none more vile or scum-baggy, yeah?) Well, what dya
know, our authorities are finally bothering with that alt.lifestyle now.
No less than seven gay saunas/bath-houses with bustling orgies, I hear,
have come to thrive in our midst. Shocking, yeah? (The authorities dont
know? Darling, how you undermine them.) Then there was that huge gay rave-party
on Sentosa (on the eve of National Day, no less) named The Nation Party.
Not billed as a gay party? Well, so much for 'transparency' then. Some
things just cant be black-and-white. Can you imagine how 'unprepared'
our PEOPLE will be for news of such a scene in the press ? So its
not the authorities fault, hor.
do we have a Remaking-Singapores gay-underground or what? I mean
candy-honey-sugar-puff, of course, it is a very 'underground' scene. Oh,
dont we here in hip-and-swinging Singapore crave
to have something so (clinically) underground
is what called for this new 'liberalization' of the gay-underground
to operate with license above-ground? All you desperate outlet/avenue-hunting
homos who think our society has gone more tolerant about your aberrant
sexual preference, think again (not that you need to when theres
a more pleasurable pursuit now like groping in the dark-rooms). Let me
remind you that youre NOT exactly getting the delicious un-Hollywood
gay cult-movies on the silver screen. That should tell you all about the
new Remaking mentality.
a mincing nellie can tell me the other day that its all about keeping
tab of who goes there and where. Its all about hidden cameras
darling, she says. (Oh, sisters, you should feel paranoid
about those dark-rooms especially on those special NO-TOWEL nights. In
the end, theyll know not only what you do but how LONG you can go.
Hmm-hmm. I no buff (sic) you one its in our
System to be guardedly paranoid, remember
for your own good!). Methinks
the real reason, apart from utter control, is also more quintessentially
Singapore: MONEY, honey. (As in know money, know honey, luv.)
reason the authorities have allowed those Sodom-and-Gomorrah-sinful-despicable-depraved
places to thrive is they want raving homos to spend their PINK-DOLLAR
here now. Why bother to fly to KL or BKK or HK for the long-weekend spree
and indulgence? Weve got seven bath-houses to choose from, plus
an over-night jaunt at Sentosa to let fly those limp-wrists, bulging biceps
and gym-trained pecs. How ironic that these outlets have sprung up now
in Singapore AFTER the Aids-tragedy began. Irony honey? No problem, we
just swatch it for the makeover-look! Its called lets-not-talk-about-it,
so we can all enjoy ourselves. Or, never mind the Sodom, heres the
I been right all along? When economics comes knocking, morality flies
out the window. (Remember the American-English issue?). Particularly poignant
in self-righteously upright Singapore, dont you think? Yes, dear
Mr. President as theyd say in the US you can step
down from your moral high-horse now for the non-legislated but semi-permissive
actions/rulings surely do speak for themselves.
telling me that the authorities are finally tolerant of homos and Ill
surely ask why Fassbinders Querelle was missing from the Goethe
Institutes program of the German film-directors career-retrospective.
(Oh go on, get the Institute to cover its backside and make it look like
it is covering backside
why not, were so used to THAT
scene!). Hello, I know the films banned
but many bans have
been quietly'revoked', no? (Think True Romance that Christian
Slater film. Or check the new Rolling Stones compilation Forty Licks,
arent Get Off My Cloud and Wild Horses banned? Werent they?).
I mean, Querelle was Fassbinders last film before he committed suicide.
Doesnt that mean anything? Guess not, 'cos its not about money
or the economy.
me then that Remaking Singapore, as usual, means rewriting the value-systems
with no questions asked (only pertinent ones will be for the good of all,
yes, yes, and by the people-loving press, Im sure). So how do we
justify gay bath-houses in Singapore for the good of all family-loving
Singaporeans? Not that Im the least bit curious. (Save it for your
happy-in-hostage-and-waiting-for-the-next-order press, theyd certainly
need it.) So who cares if Remaking Singapore is not about fixing something
broken, as long as its about this writer being right all along,
thats enough for me.
will we get to see Querelle on the local big screen at some momentous
festival on one of these future rainbow-colored days ? Oops, sorry
I asked. X'Ho (November 2002)
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