18 September 2007

Chelsea + Balestier = Chelestiar

Yes, it's a guy's name and yes, that was how the name came about.

I rolled my eyes when I heard that initiall but I felt guilty after that. I will explain it later.

I saw the second half of this clip on Youtube last year and I only just realised that there was an earlier segment prior to the BandungVader-YellowTrunk "blind date" (man are they are going to have so many beautiful children together or what? ... *sniff*).

Anyway, we were having our usual banter on the CowboyBar when TK brought this clip to my attention via YoungJedi's blog.

So anyway, we have this guy whose name is strange enough to make you sit up and watch the clip closer and whoa! He is an author of a self-help book in dating! A love guru! Well, this guy, whom by now should have graduated med school (wah... doctor leh!), was picked to be the candidate to go on a blind date with the show's co-host.

My burning question is if Chelestiar knew that the program was out to make him a fool? I have a feeling that the poor chap didn't know how the episode would turn out after all the post-production editing. He was portrayed as some big super loser trying to date some TV personality and perhaps a cruel prank at his expense? And perhaps a weird way of poetic justice to take him to task for writing a dating self-help book and undertaking the role of the Love Doctor?

If you ask me, whoever behind this idea of getting Chelestiar humiliated on national TV ought to be shot and burn in hell.

Ok, so his looks is nowhere near Brad Pitt nor his charm within George Clooney's radar range. But for heaven's sake, he is a person with feelings and self-esteem too. Can these bigots be anymore insensitive?

Wait. Am I the only person to feel that Chelestiar has been undeservingly slighted. Have we become a world of insensitive bigots whose only source of joy comes from humiliating a fellow human being?

Come on. That was definitely not a "laughing with you" kind of situation. It was blatantly a "laughing at you" episode. Does MediaCorp need to stoop so low to score ratings?

There is no hope for local TV. God bless cable.
Yes, I admit when I cringed and rolled my eyes when I heard the name initially but you know what? All rolled eyeballs will roll back to the front at the end of the day and if this person wants to be known as Chelestiar Kong, then so be it. I will respect that decision. Eyeballs only rolled back once. That's the rule. Accept the person for who he is. I believe he is a good person at heart and I think that counts for more than a caked-up face.

Then there is the YellowTrunked one. I believe he knows what he was getting himself into during filming and I would not comment any further. Besides, he is a veteran at bizarre publicity and I think he is old bird enough to hold his own.

I do not disapprove of the YellowTrunked's antics. If those were what he wanted to do then so be it. I am probably of the type where I would say "Hey you. This is the line with you on that side and me on this. As long as you do whatever the hell you want to do on your side, that is fine by me. I will not be interested and neither do I want to get involved but it doesn't mean that I disapprove cause I am in not position to  judge."

To each his/her own, I would say.

- Voxeros

1. Everton left...
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 11:18 am
Maybe I lack a sense of humor, I did not find the show funny at all. The show is a copycat of some cheap low budget American dating shows. Chelestair is an innovative name, but my name Everton sounds 10 times better :-)

I can't stand Asians bleach/dye their hair blond because it looks very weird and unnatural. I am surrounded by ang moh colleagues and students everyday. My black hair makes me stand out and I am proud of Asian heritage!

2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 11:51 am :: 
Everton: This is the sad state of local TV these days.

Anyway, this weird and unnatural blonde that you speak of is X1axue aka XX aka Xia Suay or Wendy Cheng or as I would call her the Bandung Vader due to her "everything also pink" website.

She like the village bigot in the local blogging community whose unfortunate popularity scored her a gig on TV. We are all so happy for her.

3. Ed, Edd & Eddy left...
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 1:15 pm ::
Exactly the reason I don't watch local TV. I watch drama series like 24, Heroes for my entertainment needs. The locally produced variety shows are just two boring.

4. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 2:23 pm :: 
Ed: Sad state of Singapore TV. In Spitland, their programs may be downright boring but at least they are not dumb.

5. Ruok left...
Monday, 24 September 2007 10:22 am
I, also sad. They more femes than me. >.<

6. JayWalk left...
Monday, 24 September 2007 11:16 am :: 
rouk: If yellow trunks can get you so far, you need to beat that by taking it all off on youtube liao!

7. Pam left...
Tuesday, 25 September 2007 8:31 pm
OMG - I've only had time to see this now....... this is so cringe-worthy.... are Singaporean men really that hopeless?!?!?! Tihs can't be real...can it??

8. Pam left...
Tuesday, 25 September 2007 8:38 pm
I've just seen the '2nd part'.... OMG... why the heck does she have 'blonde' hair???? I mean, there are highlights, lowlights, but this?!?!?!? this must be a can't be real... or rather, these characters can't be for real!!! OMG OMG.... and on a related note, I just saw a student today, quite obviously asian... with blonde hair. it looked so fake (esp next to my secretary who is a REAL blonde)... it was ridiculous.

9. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 26 September 2007 2:05 am :: 
Pam: I believe that while the guy is for real, it is somewhat an exaggerated candidate for the sake of boosting ratings. The level MediaCorp is willing to stoop to is most disappointing.

I supposed to them, Blonde is fun and given the general conservative nature of Asians, perhaps they trying to make a statement. Actually there is also a Youtube clip of her getting a tattoo on her wrist. Her moniker in English translate to Snowfall and so she got herself a real tattoo of a snowflake. One of those symbols you find in the air-conditioning's "Cool" mode.

Sigh.... there is no hope for this girl.

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