Difference between cosplay and this.

Robin Low
2 min readMay 18, 2020

Some Singaporeans compare this to cosplay. I’m sorry, cosplay is mainly for fictional characters, and when you do a “blackface” cosplay, people do get offended. (If you like to wear a nurse outfit or school girl, it is usually done for fetishes.)

In Singapore, racial harmony is often spoken, but the Chinese always seem to get away with offending the other races, like calling young Malay children terrorists.

We have seen the brownface ad in Singapore causing so much controversy as the many underlying issues of race equality are not really addressed. Casual racism is rampant, and structurally, you can see fewer Malays in SAF as well, and not much of them in high positions.


I hope the next generation of Ministers in Singapore have more empathy as this clearly shows a disconnect with people who are more politically correct. Yes, I do get that Singaporeans used derogatory terms on the minorities in the past (and present) but continuing to do so because it is done in the past while offending people is not right.

Sadly, does she think that this will win her votes? Or does she even listen to her advisors or other grassroots people? Or perhaps, many of them are new citizens or are totally blind when it comes to race in Singapore?

I think if she posts photos on FB in her “costume” and she is having fun. It is fine, but when she uses this as a political ad, trying to win votes, it is either being too arrogant to listen to the voices, or simply not enough empathy to know that race is still a sensitive topic in Singapore.

Perhaps our “Malay” president could advise?

I’m just waiting for more outbursts from the minority community, and perhaps a music video… and perhaps she can come out to do an apology and claim it is an “honest” mistake.

Otherwise, I’d expect the same reply. “I have not come across one single Muslim that has demanded an apology.”



Robin Low

Author, Traveler, Innovator. Focuses on Social Impact and Innovation.