Singapore – A member of the public questioned the sincerity of nominating Tosh Zhang to be one of Pink Dot’s campaign on LGBTQ discrimination and prejudice when he has tweeted numerous homophobic comments in the past.
On May 16 (Thursday), a certain Sarah Yip went to Facebook to share a concern she had regarding the news that Tosh Zhang became one of Pink Dot’s ambassadors.
“Now, I never ever forget when someone says something questionable, and I recall seeing posts of his over the years that formed a really bad impression of him in my mind, so you can imagine my surprise when I read the news,” wrote Sarah.
She went to work digging up the tweets to appease her suspicions and posted the following:
“I got gay friends and am totally cool with gay guys…until they hit on me. #OhHellNaw”, he tweeted.
In another tweet, he sl*t-shamed girls with, “If U dress+behave like a sl*t, don’t ask why guys don’t respect or cherish U. It’s human nature to not appreciate what’s obtained easily.
He also included Justin Beiber in his past tweets.
There were some alarming ones like the tweet below:
Tosh has been very vocal in his stance on the LGBTQ community in the past.
Those wondering or are updated on Tosh’s life will know that he has grown out of discriminating the LGBTQ community. Sarah’s point was not to shame the ambassador.
It is important to her that “someone chosen as the face of [Pink Dot’s] movement is also someone who show growth and maturity by publicly admitting their problematic behavior.”
“I am not calling for him to be removed as an ambassador, but I am expressing my discomfort at having someone who has shown this kind of behaviour be the face of Singapore’s only mainstream LGBTQ+ campaign. Growth is certainly possible, but only when we come forward and admit our mistakes and problematic behavior,” added Sarah.
Read the full post here.
Quick to reply was Tosh Zhang who wrote in a comment:
“Hello Sarah, I’d like to personally apologise to you and all members of the LGBTQ community which I have hurt with my extremely insensitive tweets from years ago. They were from around 2011, before I became an actor, and back then I was deeply ignorant to the discrimination, pain and struggles that LGBTQ people face everyday. I understand where you are coming from and I acknowledge my wrongs, I take full responsibility for my hurtful words and I’d like to apologise to you and everyone who is affected. I’d like to assure you and the LGBTQ community that I am no longer that F’ed up person and I stand with you. I decided to support the PinkDot movement because as a straight Chinese male in Singapore who is of the privileged majority, I want to do my part and fight against discrimination and stand up for true equality in Singapore, and not just national-pledge-say-say-only-equality. Once again, I am deeply sorry and I hope you and those I’ve hurt, accept my apology.”
He also posted the following on Instagram
Netizens shared their support for the movement and for Tosh’s change in mindset.
More information on the Pink Dot 2011 campaign: