TODAY: Pretty girls get slimed all the time

Are star-designate Dawn Yang’s looks the real deal?
 
People say fame attracts detractors in hordes. So, it was only a matter of time before blogs started talking about blogger Dawn Yang (www.xanga.com/clapbangkiss), featured in last Wednesday’s The New Paper.

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Described as a “pan-Asian hybrid in the style of Fiona Xie and Vivian Hsu”, she was signed up by an artiste management company — one that managed MTV’s Utt and Denise Keller, no less — to be “groomed for stardom”.

What’s the big deal, you ask, since there are quite a few bloggers in Singapore who take advantage of their good looks (like myself) to land a lucrative deal?

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And haven’t we heard a lot about Xiaxue (xiaxue.blogspot.com) who, until recently, was almost able to eke out a living from the commercial sponsorship of her blog site?

The furore seems to be over whether Dawn’s beauty is the handiwork of nature or a plastic surgeon.

Taipei-based American blogger “Peking Duck” (www.pekingduck.org), known more for his policy-oriented observations, found the debate remarkable and wondered if this was “the most exciting thing happening in all of Singapore”.

He observed: “This revelation … triggered a veritable craze of some of the cattiest, nastiest blogging I’ve ever seen. And I thought Singaporeans were docile and complacent.”

So catty and nasty were some of the blog posts that they included pictures of what were claimed to be a “pre-surgery” Dawn, including those of her in Secondary One. Blogger “Johnny Malkavian” (soul.entryplug.org): “I wish I had what she has … the spare cash to go for plastic surgery.”

When I last visited, the debate was still active on local web forums such as forums.hardwarezone.com, where there were photos lifted off Dawn’s blog and annotated with circles and arrows.

Interestingly, what seemed to get people’s goose up was more Dawn’s apparent denial that she had ever had plastic surgery. At least, that is how riled bloggers interpreted her cryptic comment in the article: “People also accuse me of having plastic surgery, but what can I do?”

In her latest post yesterday in her own blog, Dawn said her quote was read out of context. Interestingly, she didn’t deny the plastic surgery allegations, but said: “I can’t stop people from talking and gossiping about me.”

She did, however, take umbrage at suggestions of her having a decadent lifestyle: “I have worked my fair share of jobs and done a good amount of internships, ok …”

Dawn drew at least one supportive blog post, from “Suanie” (www.suanie.net): “I think it’s pretty hot she got noticed via her blog (and looks, obviously) … She seems pretty nice and non-malicious, plus the scholarship to the US should be some kind of indication that there’s a brain working somewhere.”

On the whole, being “flamed” by bloggers and having her family dragged into it, Dawn said, has left her “rather wary of the frightful nature of fellow humans online”.

“I realise everyone’s going to have an overtly judgmental, prematurely formed, hopelessly inaccurate opinion about anything and everything, so I’ll stop bothering.”

Actually, this whole thing probably wouldn’t have been such a big issue if Dawn hadn’t been a “blogger”, given the recent attention on blogs.

The funniest quote has got to be from Xiaxue, who took issue with the loose usage of the word “blogger”.

“Everyone who blogs is a blogger? … first tell me your name. Is it Lumpy? So, Lumpy, if you can manage to swim half a lap without dying, is it right for me to call you ‘Lumpy the swimmer’?” she exclaimed.

Mr Miyagi aka Benjamin Lee has been entertaining readers at miyagi.sg for over a year and no one has yet accused him of having gone for plastic surgery.

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16 thoughts on “TODAY: Pretty girls get slimed all the time”

  1. “Everyone who blogs is a blogger? … first tell me your name. Is it Lumpy? So, Lumpy, if you can manage to swim half a lap without dying, is it right for me to call you ‘Lumpy the swimmer’?” she exclaimed.

    >> actually hor. does this mean that lumpy has to be a good swimmer to be called a swimmer? as in, dawn has to blog well to be known as a blogger?

  2. “Everyone who blogs is a blogger? … first tell me your name. Is it Lumpy? So, Lumpy, if you can manage to swim half a lap without dying, is it right for me to call you ‘Lumpy the swimmer’?” she exclaimed.

    >> actually hor. does this mean that lumpy has to be a good swimmer to be called a swimmer? as in, dawn has to blog well to be known as a blogger?

  3. so are you ken? barbie’s boyfriend? haha…it is a well known fact that dawn yeo went for plastic surgery to change her WHOLE ENTIRE face (and race). in fact, she did her boobs too. i think dawn offended too many people and they are digging out her dirty past.

    whether or not you did, as long as you still look like you and not lie about it, nobody will be enraged. but that isn’t the case with dawn.

    if you scroll through her site and see pictures with her family (whether it’s still there), she look like she doesn’t belong in the family. Dad, mom and sis all look chinese while she doesn’t. How come????? If she IS pan asian, how come she’s the ONLY one that doesn’t look asian in the family?????

    “snacks” for thought.

  4. so are you ken? barbie’s boyfriend? haha…it is a well known fact that dawn yeo went for plastic surgery to change her WHOLE ENTIRE face (and race). in fact, she did her boobs too. i think dawn offended too many people and they are digging out her dirty past.

    whether or not you did, as long as you still look like you and not lie about it, nobody will be enraged. but that isn’t the case with dawn.

    if you scroll through her site and see pictures with her family (whether it’s still there), she look like she doesn’t belong in the family. Dad, mom and sis all look chinese while she doesn’t. How come????? If she IS pan asian, how come she’s the ONLY one that doesn’t look asian in the family?????

    “snacks” for thought.

  5. if someone has the money, let them do what they deem fit. wana look beautiful, look beautiful lor. her body her face mah.
    Wana look like monster/alien/animal (like how one lady long time ago go for surgey to make herself look like tiger), let her do lor…
    her money her body mah.

    media is just being media. they need to dig gossip and trash to earn a living. they make use of human nature to sell wat they need to sell and humans like to listen to other ppl being criticised. anyone else being criticised is always syiok… that is until they themselves kena then its an outrage…

    vicious cycle…

    if im her, i would just continue enjoying life. Maybe hire two bodyguards in case get harassed by crazy public .. but otherwise chill…

  6. if someone has the money, let them do what they deem fit. wana look beautiful, look beautiful lor. her body her face mah.
    Wana look like monster/alien/animal (like how one lady long time ago go for surgey to make herself look like tiger), let her do lor…
    her money her body mah.

    media is just being media. they need to dig gossip and trash to earn a living. they make use of human nature to sell wat they need to sell and humans like to listen to other ppl being criticised. anyone else being criticised is always syiok… that is until they themselves kena then its an outrage…

    vicious cycle…

    if im her, i would just continue enjoying life. Maybe hire two bodyguards in case get harassed by crazy public .. but otherwise chill…

  7. Oh darn!! I’m the ugly guy who blogs and I am undeserving of being called a “blogger”. OK I’m Flabby the Fat, not Lumpy the dead-weight-log-that-doesn’t-survive-a-half-lap-swim.

    Has it come down to all these? All the name-calling and stuff?

    Well, that aside. I must say that all these is pretty interesting and entertaining.

    Maybe we’ll get the world’s attention.

    Maybe we should all get along.

    I think it’s time we move on.

    Thoughts?

  8. Oh darn!! I’m the ugly guy who blogs and I am undeserving of being called a “blogger”. OK I’m Flabby the Fat, not Lumpy the dead-weight-log-that-doesn’t-survive-a-half-lap-swim.

    Has it come down to all these? All the name-calling and stuff?

    Well, that aside. I must say that all these is pretty interesting and entertaining.

    Maybe we’ll get the world’s attention.

    Maybe we should all get along.

    I think it’s time we move on.

    Thoughts?

  9. Some people might sneer at us who aren’t blinded by her superficial ‘ plastic’ facade and say “Oh, its none of your business whether she had surgery or not.” But look here, having plastic surgery and being quiet about it and staying out of the limelight is one thing, but BUYING fame and better prospects with money is another.
    Females who don’t know any better would starve themselves stick-thin or even undergo surgery and even lose their self esteem because this plastic attention whore is being marketed and hailed as the ideal woman!!
    Then again, if she would just admit instead of vehemently denying that she had surgery, we would forgive her anyway. But NO!! All she is doing is sending out the msg that screams : ” HEY , IF YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS, GO SELL YOUR BODY OR SPLURGE YOUR PARENTS MONEY SO YOU CAN BUY A BEAUTIFUL FACE LIKE MINE!!!”
    Anyone with a brain can see how ‘plastic’ and unnatural she looks, and yeah, not everyone has the priveledge of being Jap one day and Thai the next.

  10. Some people might sneer at us who aren’t blinded by her superficial ‘ plastic’ facade and say “Oh, its none of your business whether she had surgery or not.” But look here, having plastic surgery and being quiet about it and staying out of the limelight is one thing, but BUYING fame and better prospects with money is another.
    Females who don’t know any better would starve themselves stick-thin or even undergo surgery and even lose their self esteem because this plastic attention whore is being marketed and hailed as the ideal woman!!
    Then again, if she would just admit instead of vehemently denying that she had surgery, we would forgive her anyway. But NO!! All she is doing is sending out the msg that screams : ” HEY , IF YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS, GO SELL YOUR BODY OR SPLURGE YOUR PARENTS MONEY SO YOU CAN BUY A BEAUTIFUL FACE LIKE MINE!!!”
    Anyone with a brain can see how ‘plastic’ and unnatural she looks, and yeah, not everyone has the priveledge of being Jap one day and Thai the next.

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