Singapore Airlines, Politicians Criticized for Hijacking Olympic Gold Medalist’s Success

Joseph Schooling made history by winning the first gold medal for Singapore in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Curiously, many people and organizations wanted to associate themselves with him so as to raise their profile:

Singapore Airlines was quick to present Schooling with a KrisFlyer Elite Gold card and one million KrisFlyer miles, “because the King of the Butterfly deserves a Great Way to Fly”.

Pretty clever I must say, and totally appropriate.

However, they got stumped by this one photo with a very bad composition…

What is this?

It looks like the guy in the middle is having a birthday party and Schooling accidentally gatecrashed it.

Let’s not even get started about using the Singapore flag as a tablecloth.

There was a Member of Parliament (MP) who was criticized for claiming credit for Schooling’s deferment of National Service to allow Schooling to compete in the Games:

Then there is Member of Parliament Lee Bee Wah with her epic Facebook post which many netizens suggested she was trying too hard to claim credits for Schooling’s success…

Finally, there was a Cabinet Minister who was criticized for not wanting to pay for the “live” streaming for the Games due to the cost, but was in Rio to take pictures with Schooling:

Before national television broadcaster Mediacorp secured a last minute deal with the Rio 2016 television broadcast rights owner, Dentsu, to telecast the games live to the Singapore audience,Fu made these comments in an interview:

“This time the Olympics is important for us, with so many of our athletes training very hard, but it’s 30 hours away and the time zone is a bit different.

So I think that while Singaporeans are still very concerned and interested in the performance of our athletes, I’m sure many of them will try to catch up and watch the Games at a later time.”


We see her watching the games live in Rio though. She was also there taking photos with Joseph Schooling…

Read more about it — pictures, negative comments and all — at Yahoo Sports.

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Twitter a Victim of Rumors On Its Own Platform

Apparently there were rumors on Twitter about, well, Twitter shutting down next year:

Social media started buzzing with the hashtag #SaveTwitter early on Thursday, with more than 100,000 tweets mentioning the hashtag by early afternoon.

It was unclear how the rumour started although some tweets said it originated from a Twitter user who complained about online bullying and Twitter’s poor handling of such abuses.

Maybe someone is attempting to short sell Twitter’s stocks?

Read more about it at the Straits Times.

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NYC Council Speaker Criticized for Expecting Special Treatment on Twitter

Melissa Mark-Viverito thought she could resolve a municipal issue and show her followers and constituents how close she was to the common folks:

During a morning walk through her East Harlem district on Tuesday, the speaker of the New York City Council noticed a pedestrian crossing signal hanging precariously from a light pole, partially disengaged.

She snapped a photo and posted the image in a Twitter message to the city’s Transportation Department, as any technologically savvy citizen might.

She might have been lauded for her action, but she had to respond negatively to the department’s boilerplate response:

Hours later, the department responded, as it might to any concerned citizen: Thank you for the information. Next time, call 311 for fast help.

It was not the reaction that the speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, thought she would get.

“I’m sorry … whaaaat??? This a joke?” she wrote. “Or an auto response? Or maybe even an intern? Not a response for an elected.”

That last comment appeared to suggest that Ms. Mark-Viverito had expected something more personalized and deferential from the agency’s Twitter account.

And that prompted another sort of reaction from those who found the speaker’s expectation of special treatment a little jarring.

“Their generic response is lame,” Keegan Stephan, a local activist, wrote on Twitter. “But I applaud not treating her different and her response was obnoxious & arrogant.”

Read more about it at the New York Times.

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