Singapore performers respond to racial slurs

Black Lives Matter movement's knock-on effects hit Singapore's entertainment scene, with artists under fire for problematic stage names and others apologising for insensitive content

Netizens have asked rapper Shigga Shay (above) – whose real name is Pek Jin Shen – to change his stage name as it sounds too close to the N-word. Shigga Shay has explained that the name is a Romanised version of a Chinese phrase, “shi ge shui”, meaning “W
Netizens have asked rapper Shigga Shay (above) – whose real name is Pek Jin Shen – to change his stage name as it sounds too close to the N-word. Shigga Shay has explained that the name is a Romanised version of a Chinese phrase, “shi ge shui”, meaning “Who is it?” or “Who are you?”. PHOTO: SHIGGA SHAY/FACEBOOK
A podcast session with African- American comedian B. Mark Seabrooks (left) enlightened local comedian Fakkah Fuzz (right) on the issue of using the N-word.
A podcast session with African- American comedian B. Mark Seabrooks (left) enlightened local comedian Fakkah Fuzz (right) on the issue of using the N-word. PHOTO: FAKKAH FUZZ/INSTAGRAM
Local YouTuber Jianhao Tan announced on June 1 he was retiring the Peter Papadum character (above) that is played by Malay YouTuber Ridhwan Azman on his channel and apologised for hurting Singaporean minorities with his jokes.
Local YouTuber Jianhao Tan announced on June 1 he was retiring the Peter Papadum character (above) that is played by Malay YouTuber Ridhwan Azman on his channel and apologised for hurting Singaporean minorities with his jokes. PHOTO: JIANHAO TAN/INSTAGRAM

The Black Lives Matter movement may be rooted in the United States, but its global knock-on effect is also being felt in Singapore, with people in the entertainment scene coming under fire for problematic stage names, and others stepping up to apologise for past behaviour as well as insensitive YouTube videos and social media postings.

Even as people in Singapore have come forward to express solidarity with the movement, rapper Shigga Shay, 27, has received backlash for having a stage name redolent of the N-word.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2020, with the headline 'Singapore performers respond to racial slurs'. Subscribe