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Amos Yee trashes My English School SG50 video, producer says film is for kids who cannot form words yet, not kids like Amos

Amos Yee

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My English School phonics video

My English School phonics video

Amos Yee, the blogger recently released from jail for defaming Christians and the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, has taken a pot shot at a number of brands that associated themselves with Singapore’s SG50 National Day celebrations, including Singtel and language centre My English School.

The first video the 17 year-old has produced since his release opened with an SG50 branded bottle which Yee claims contains his urine. He then called National Day “the biggest propaganda campaign of the year” and took aim at specially made SG50 products such as mobile games, fun packs and fish cakes manufactured, he said “to remind us how fucking lame – I mean fucking great – our country is.”

“We can only imagine the prodigies that came up with those ideas. No wonder they can afford to send a talent like me to jail,” Yee said.

The blogger was particularly critical of an SG50-themed phonics video made by content agency Click2View for tuition centre My English School, which he sarcastically described as a “masterful production.”

“Wow. That is such an engaging way to teach children how to speak,” Yee said. “If you want your children to be well spoken, don’t let them see Pixar or read Dr Seuss – that’s what I did, and look at how horrible my English is. Instead, send them to My English School. They’re really going to teach your children how to speak great.”

Click2View co-founder and director Simon Kearney defended the video, and said that anything Yee did to encourage more people to watch it “is a bonus” and that the film is designed for children who cannot form their words, “not kids like Amos.”

Kearney told Mumbrella: “There’s no doubt that a lot of people are watching Amos at the moment. Love him or otherwise, he’s certainly articulate. Whether he wants to or not, he can thank his Singapore education for that. Anything he does to encourage people to look at this film and show it to their kids is a bonus.”

“The film is designed for kids who cannot form their words yet, not kids like Amos. But what’s interesting is that despite his opinion on the phonics video, the content itself appears to be shining through. The view count has doubled and the likes are going up in greater proportion to the few detractors,” he said.

“Anything that boosts literacy, and bolsters the ability to write, speak, debate and ultimately create original content is to be applauded. We want to encourage everyone with something to say to get out there and do it. The first step on the road to being the next YouTube star is literacy and communication skills.”

In Yee’s video titled ‘National Day Sucks’, he went on to say that the ruling government would “exploit the shit out of Lee Kuan Yew’s death” to win the upcoming election.

Here is Amos Yee’s video, which has been viewed more than 380,000 times.

Here is Click2View’s video for My English School.

Yee was jailed for uploading a video on YouTube that criticised Lee Kuan Yew and compared him to Jesus. He was charged with the “intention of wounding the religious feelings of Christians”, and also for uploading an image of the late PM and Margaret Thatcher having sex.

In the comment thread beneath a video of Singapore Police Force performing a National Day theme song, a poster has complained about Yee’s ‘National Day Sucks’ video and urged the police to take action against him.

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