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Controversial MH370 Joke: Did Jocelyn Chia Cross the Comedy Line?

Jocelyn Chia via YouTube
Jocelyn Chia via YouTube
  1. EX-Singaporean comedian Jocelyn Chia’s MH370 joke draws backlash from Malaysians.
  2. Chia pokes fun at Malaysia’s economic development during her Comedy Cellar performance.
  3. Many find her jokes distasteful and harsh, questioning the boundaries of comedy.

Latest: Singapore Government’s Responses

Jocelyn Chia is NO LONGER Singaporean and her remarks does not reflect Singapore’s views.

Singapore’s High Commissioner’s statement, which was posted on Facebook, read:

Singapore’s High Commissioner Vanu Gopala Menon has spoken out against the comments made by stand-up performer Jocelyn Chia. The full statement below:

I am appalled by the gratuitously offensive comments made by stand-up performer Jocelyn Chia. The Singapore Government does not condone words or actions that cause harm or hurt to others and Chia, who is no longer Singaporean, does not in any way reflect our views. I sincerely apologise to all Malaysians for her hurtful remarks.

As our closest neighbour, Singapore and Malaysia enjoy a strong and multi-faceted relationship, with deep and cross-cutting ties. We also have unique historical and close people-to-people ties. Comments such as those made by Chia are unhelpful and undermine the close trust and friendship that both our countries and peoples enjoy.

Statement by Singapore's High Commissioner
Image via Singapore High Commission in KL and Consulate-General in JB/ Facebook

Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, said on Twitter that he was “appalled” by Jocelyn Chia’s “horrendous statements”.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan/Twitter
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan/Twitter

Hey bro, so there’s this YouTube video where EX-Singaporean comedian Jocelyn Chia jokes about the missing MH370 flight and Malaysia, and wah lau eh, it’s causing quite a stir.

What’s the fuss about, lah?

So like, Chia was performing at Comedy Cellar in Manhattan, New York, and she decided to, like, poke fun at Malaysia’s economy and stuff.

She made a Malaysian-ish imitation and went on about the MH370 flight that went missing, saying “like, my aeroplanes cannot fly” and “some jokes don’t land.”

Um, yeah, so some Malaysians got triggered and thought it was, like, super distasteful and all.

Um, a bit of backstory, please?

Ahh, okay, so Jocelyn Chia was talking about, like, Singapore’s growth and stuff, and how Singapore became a First World country after leaving Malaysia.

But then, she started making jokes about Malaysia being a developing country and like, added that, um, MH370 joke, which some peeps thought was harsh and not cool lah.

Not everyone’s laughing, huh?

Dude, yeah, the reaction to her joke was, like, mixed or something.

Some peeps thought she crossed the line with the missing flight joke, but others were like “hmm, comedy is subjective, lah,” you know?

So the controversy is about whether the joke is funny or simply offensive, you get me?

On the bright side…maybe?

I mean, okay lah, Jocelyn Chia might have ruffled some feathers and stuff, but hey, at least it got peeps talking and thinking about where to draw the line in comedy, right?

‘Cause, like, sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re pushing it too far with a joke or if it’s just a little funny banter, you know what I mean?

Some practical takeaways for the road

  • When cracking jokes, try to read the room and be sensitive to how peeps might react, especially when it’s about delicate issues.
  • Remember, comedy gold for one may be offensive to another, so maybe have some backup jokes in case your “edgy” material bombs.
  • When in doubt, keep it light – puns and dad jokes still have a place in our hearts and laughter, lah!

So there you go, bae, quite the debate happening ’round this whole MH370 joke by Jocelyn Chia.

Is it funny? Is it offensive? Are boundaries meant to be crossed in comedy?

It’s all up in the air, but what do you think, huh?

Hit me back with your thoughts in the comments below, lah!

Full Transcript of Jocelyn Chia’s”Stand-up Comedy”

My country, Singapore. After we gained independence from the British, we were a struggling little nation in order to survive. We from the union with a larger, more powerful country. Malaysia. Where are you from? Malaysia, Singapore, Malaysia. Malaysia. Okay. Yeah.

When my minister went on TV to announce that you guys had dumped us, he cried cause he thought, we’re not gonna survive without you. But then four years later, we became a First World country. And you guys, Malaysia, what are you now? Still a developing country. Oh,

you Malaysia.

Isn’t that the best breakup revenge. Now Malaysia, y’all trying to come around like, eh, Singapore, you’re looking good luck. And we are like, I know, but why haven’t you visited me in 40 years? And you’re like, ah, yeah, I tried, but you know, my airplanes cannot fly.

What Malaysian Airlines going missing? Not funny, huh? Some jokes. Don’t land.

This kills in Singapore. Definitely a bad Yelp. I Yelp from the Malaysia. That’s okay. They don’t have internet.

What do you think?

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  1. and she starts her skit with “My country Singapore….”
    Thought she had renounced her Singapore citizenship for a US passport. Fraudster or a grifter perhaps?