Monday, April 18, 2005

The Age of GENIUSES Part 2

Crooning on my STEREO: Comment Te Dire Adieu? by FRANCOIS HARDY

After a good conversation with a friend, I have the insatiable urge to THRASH something on my blog......

I've been back for three weeks now, and there's this tremendous local hype going on endlessly about this "GENIUS" who received three top uni offers even before he's sat for his A levels. You can probably guess who. And I am well aware that many of my friends know him personally, but anyhow, this is my blog and I can say whatever shits I want.

I don't give a damn if he's scaled mount Everest, hung out with street children in Nepal, speaks 10 languages, plays every orchestral instrument, built an aerospace tunnel, seldom studies for his exams and yet manages to score strings of distinctions.

Guess what? He's been featured in the papers god knows how many times, it is as though the Malaysian media is trying to propagate a new messiah.

A Malaysian one.

Okay, I was EXAGGERATING some of his achievements. It is not really his fault to be that perfect anyway. Its not his fault that he is blessed with the dosh to climb mountains, play street Santa, take violin lessons and attend boarding school. After all, this 17yr old genius/prodigy has had the privilege of the best education system in the world. LUCKY BASKET..

Hats off to a 17 year old. It is part of the newsies' agenda to brainwash us that we, Malaysian youths, should ALL emulate him. We should all kiss the feet of a child prodigy who can arrogantly claim that he speaks FRENCH better than our national language. We should all be in AWE of a gifted scientist who is hardly acquainted with our local culture because he probably spends half his time abroad anyway. He has not even attended a national school for goodness sake!!!

Does a posh overseas accent count?

So why do the Malaysian papers bother to rave about such patty achievements? Don't get me wrong, I respect this bloke's determination and grand ambitions. It is good that someone strives to be different, but really, these achievements AREN'T that EXTRAORDINARY. NOR NECESSARY.

My point is, if the media wants to rave about geniuses/prodigies/exrtraordinaires... there are so many TRUE MALAYSIANS who are overruled. No one talks about Tsai Ming Liang. I know a M'sian guy who's graduating with a Law degree at 18. I know countless of all-rounders who have juggled studies, part-time jobs, charity works, musical instruments with admirable success.

Just because this Mount Kilimanjero climber is young and privileged, it doesn't mean he should be featured twice on the same newsie within a week. It bores the hell out of me.

What amazes me is that this supposedly humble smarty WELCOMES the media spotlight with OPEN ARMS. Good public relation tactics for whatever long-term reason.

As a token of peace, I have contributed to his fame by ranting here. Truth is, I am not interested in lifting mediocre talents onto hero status.

And HELL NO, he doesn't inspire me.

Or most artists for that matter.


stephanie said...

I just realized that I've got a similar blog name to a friend of yours! *aiks* Anyhoo, I cant agree wif u more on that...Good on that bloke for such achievements, but who cares really? Maybe the papers are just out of interesting incense/rape/murder stories to report. :p

stephanie said...

sorries, i meant "incest"..not incense hehe dunno wats wrong wif me this morning lol

eyeris said...

you're back! :)

the 17-A student was actually worse, IMHO.

Stephanie: The papers just want something OTHER than the incest/rape/murder stories to report mar. and Malaysians ARE really big on these kind of 'over-achiever' stories. It's the inner kiasuness in all of us. :)

Yng Lyn said...

Steph:... INCENSE! i like that *LOL*
I think DVD shopping is an achievement on its own...

eyeris: yeahh.. its just like we all take the piss out of our 'kiasu' neighbours..... we're are just as bad if not worse!!!
how was times square???? met any ah lians???

eyeris said...

Times Square was crap. bloody termite warren always gets my goat up. got some nice Star WArs mags though. oooooooooo :)

vincent said...

heehehe...i think my good friend, the 17A girl was worse...hahaha

Yng Lyn said...

Eyeris: ooooooooo good good you managed to buy something! Don't be ashamed to say that they're from Times Square, yeah???

Vincent: nah I am blasting this guy cos i know he's richer than that 17As girl..... so he has it easier than lots of people...

Pip said...

Funny how I couldn't even get on the news for smoking three consecutive packs of 555's while rewriting a play draft back in '01.

You think mountain climbing is hard? Try getting sixty lights out of a dime-store disposable lighter. That shit is inspiring.

Yng Lyn said...

60 lights???Now thats really tough....... no way i could that!!!!!

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