Above: the one-time fairy godmother on a tear to foster the myth of her teen protégé Amos Yee.
(Featured below is an April 21st 2017 post forcibly expunged from the Facebook page of Melissa Chen… An update: since April 2017, sweet Melissa has decided to utterly bar me from even accessing her Fb page, never mind about commentating on her Fb wall — some free-speech advocate she epitomizes indeed!)
Exposing Amos Yee’s American Guru Of Free Speech: Six Facts About Melissa Chen That Need Be Told
Will the real Melissa Chen please stand up and stop corrupting the youth of Singapore with her US-oriented free speech claptrap!
For those unfamiliar with the name, Ms. Chen, a Singaporean-American PR, is the mentor/facilitator/keeper of Amos Yee’s dream of absolute right to freedom of speech. Without her influence, Amos would unlikely be embroiled in his present U.S. asylum quagmire he is in today. This article has no bearing whatsoever on her character assassination — for all I’m able to gather, Ms. Chen is indeed a charming, hail-fellow-well-met activist in the States. This very post here, however, deals with established facts that expose her inherent contradictions and befuddlement as a self-styled free-speech ‘absolutist’ (her term not mine) vis-a-vis her mentee Amos Yee. [For a brief summary of her role in Amos’ present imbroglio, here’s a link to an earlier introductory piece titled: The Mother/Son/Holy-Spirit Trinity of Fallacies.] https://lester978.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/the-trinity-of-fallacies-an-anatomy-of-the-amos-yee-asylum-debacle/
Item: That Ms Chen, a transplant from Singapore in the U.S., professes herself hopelessly enamored of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (i.e., the unabridged freedom of expression bestowed as birthright to its citizens) is unmistakable. She effuses enthusiastically about such on her site, advocates the same for the world, and for Little Red Dot no less. Translating it into practical terms then, would mean burning the Quran as a kosher form of free expression as demonstrated by Floridian pastor Terry Jones, or dipping a crucifix in a jar of urine as permissible public art (as was the case of artist-photographer Andres Serrano in his 1987 New York art exhibition); or more recently, the profane act of simulated copulation with the Quran in public by her mentee Amos Yee — dry-humping it in ecstasy (scrub bar 7:55) — all these questionable expressions would be legally permitted and protected in the East as per Ms. Chen’s global prescription of free speech à la the First Amendment.
Item: Ms. Chen’s infatuation with all things American has deracinated her of what’s left of her Eastern root, so much so that she has publicly intimated in 2017 on her Fb page her personal detestation of the Chinese New Year Festival. Her unadulterated contempt for anything suggestive of ‘Asian values’ is writ large in her 2016 interview on The Rubin Report in which she characterized her native country’s founder Lee Kuan Yew’s mention of ‘Asian values’ as ‘one of the most dangerous legacies’ of his (seen in video link below at time sequence 37:38).
Item: She is utterly confused on her stance regarding DHS’s (Dept. of Homeland Security) aggressive detention of asylum-seekers. On her Jan. 22, 2017 Facebook post, Ms. Chen created an Internet petition to secure Amos’ release from DHS; it received only about 400 positive responses since. The petition reads: “He came to America to seek refuge so he could exercise his free speech but due to the US’s flawed immigration policy, after hearing that Amos wished to seek political asylum in the US, the immigration officers arrested him and Amos has been in American jail since Dec 16 2016.” [https://www.change.org/p/department-of-homeland-security-free-amos-yee-for-usa-asylum]
But in that same Jan. 22 Facebook post of hers, she writes: “Personally, I think US immigration policy detaining asylum seekers is perfectly fine. I think it’s very important that we vet all incoming immigrants strongly, no matter where they’re from. And yes that includes even countries on the Visa Waiver Program like Singapore.” It continues…
“So I’m just sharing this as a friend of Amos Yee but not because I think this aspect of immigration policy needs to change. Sign it show support of his release.”
Item: Ms. Chen is all at sea as to how the asylum system works — and Amos walked right into the asylum trap from the outset largely due to his mentor’s total naiveté and ignorance of the asylum process. As a clear-cut example here, on March 30, 2017 Ms. Chen facebooked: “How is it that an immigration judge can override Trump’s executive order on the travel ban but the immigration judge who awarded Amos Yee asylum last week, thereby legally granting him political refugee status, has been undermined by Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) who insists on retaining him in detention?” Obviously, Ms. Chen does not even know the basic difference between an Immigration Judge (IJ) and a Federal Judge (FJ) — it was Federal Judges, not Immigration Judges, who overruled both of President Trump’s executive orders on Muslim travel ban; an IJ is appointed by the US Attorney General whereas an FJ’s appointment is by the President to be confirmed by the Senate. In fact, earlier I wrote a post describing the ‘Amosization‘ of goof-ups, about how badly this asylum-planning gang (Amos and his asylum-coach Melissa) had misfired, couldn’t even shoot straight to begin with and thus landed Amos straight in the slammer right out of the arrival gate at Chicago. [ https://lester978.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/the-coinage-of-amosization-in-amos-yees-honor/ ]
Item: Ms. Chen’s puppy love for America has either blinded or silenced her from speaking truth to power. Upon the news of Amos’s temporary asylum victory in late March 2017, she goes cock-a-hoop and rhapsodizes: “[T]his is a decision that strengthens my love for this country and what it truly stands for.” But Ms. Chen’s evident timidity to vociferate against DHS’s arbitrary and unconscionable, wholesale incarceration of even court-approved asylees, belies her assertion as a free-speech absolutist. [An update: as of Sept. 2017 Amos is now being interned in the pokey for over 9 months and counting.] Granted, timorous Ms Chen has her own hide to protect first as she is not yet a full-fledged citizen. Ironically, I find myself as Amos’ fiercest critic, clamoring instead ever so loudly for his immediate release; my recent post on Amos’ asylum attorney Ms. Sandra Grossman’s website highlights the absence of due process and the injustice stemming from such unprincipled and overzealous detention by DHS of its court-validated asylees.
Item: Ms. Chen is a free-speech ‘absolutist’ merely in label not in practice — as a self-proclaimed champion of unfettered speech, censorship should be the last thing on her mind and yet she is nothing loath to exercise the unthinkable. Here below for example, are but a few posts of mine on her site that she saw fit to outright dele:
In sum, here’s a personal plea to Ms. Chen: teen Amos Yee has been sold a bill of goods by a self-styled free-speech ‘absolutist’ with the promise of unstinted freedom of speech in Wonderland. Instead, he is being incarcerated and remains so indefinitely since his arrival late last year; his final freedom may yet take years to mediate and sort out. Willy-nilly, for better or worse, the teen is yours to keep now. But for Pete’s sake, henceforth for all time, leave the impressionable youth of Singapore alone — seduce and compromise not another underage Amos Yee again, please; you have your conscience to answer to.
An Oct. 2017 update: Featured in the link immediately below is a sequel to the above article in the wake of Amos’ release by DHS in late Sept. 2017…
[ A continuing update, Dec. 16, 2018: Amos’ one-time fairy godmother who now underwent a complete change of heart about the desirability of Amos as an asylee in America, posted a haunting video in mid-Dec. 2018 to jettison her protégé/mentee and hence the start of her purported campaign to deport him back home. Here’s the link to my blistering response to her ‘deport Amos’ vid. ]
A response to her ‘send-him-back’ shriek: https://lester978.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/a-blistering-detailed-reply-to-melissa-chens-belated-bid-to-deport-amos-yee-back-home/ ]
More recent blog-posts update:
A catalogue of Fb exchanges, April 23, 2017:
Mog Kuposon to Lester Kok: Corrupting the youth with ideas of free speech? Seriously? Perhaps you’d like to offer her some hemlock. Good lord, I’d have hoped for some progress in the last 2400 years or so.
Lester Kok Thanks MK for your feedback. Lordy, lordy! … what two-millennium-plus years have wrought. Falling on one’s sword had petered out of fashion and so was long gone the choice of poison hemlock for polluters of malleable young minds, being supplanted by an Internet era of instant messaging via PDAs and smartphones. The tantalizing thought of ‘corrupting the youth with ideas of free speech?’ No, it is about the corruption of the gullible (Amos in this case) with diaphanous vision of red-carpet rollout in la-la land complemented with ticker tape parade and confetti shower for the loudest, meanest, vilest vituperator/blasphemer. Instead, the reality that now confronts him is one of interminable incarceration (9 months and counting) as well as solitary confinement in isolation jail cell (he was given at least 2 weeks of that for offending fellow Muslim inmates in Feb. 2017 while under DHS detention). Indeed, the road to hell is paved with good intentions (and gold)… as his mentor Melissa Chen exhorts: ‘Go big or go home.’ Verily, the bottom line is, Amos who is presently 18 may continue to fester past his 21st in an American hoosegow, snubbed to his 6 by 9, periodically allowed onto a sunless pod floor to incessantly commiserate with those similarly situated. Ergo, my plea to his mentor/fairy godmother: stop seducing other young gullible minds from her native home half the globe over with pipe dream of asylum; cease letting loose on susceptible stripling her beguiling concoction of vulpine charm and wits, hyping salivating fantasy of uninhibited free speech in the so-called land of the free and the home of the brave, lest perforce she own another hellion like Amos Yee.
A Feb. 16, 2020 update: (a repost from my Fb timeline)
Sweet Melissa exudes wits and charm in this podcast — The Joe Rogan Experience. It was a freewheeling, 150-min. long interview.
As expected, conversational exchanges on social activism and freedom of expression dominated their causerie — right up the alley of a self-styled speech-rights ‘absolutist’ as MC proudly hails herself to be. But conspicuous by its absence was any mention of her ex-protégé Amos Yee, whom she has publicly and utterly disavowed in her this fervid Dec. 2018 video, and whom, per that video, she is/was raring to do her utmost to ‘deplatform’ and to ‘deport’ back to where Amos was first seduced by her to flee from.
Indeed, it’s supreme irony writ large of the first water. The podcast intercourse reinforces in one of my blog posts my apt characterization of her being such ‘a walking bundle of contradictions, a cornucopia of hypocrisies’.
As well, in that podcast MC resorts to a trope already out there since 1993 that analogizes Little Red Dot to ‘Disneyland with the Death Penalty’. Again, it’s irony writ large for sweet Melissa to use the trope in that context… Lest she pretend to be oblivious, the actual Disneyland of California belongs to a state that sanctions capital punishment and which (according to Wikipedia) as of August 2018 had 744 condemned inmates languishing, waiting their turn in la-la-land death row.
Read about MC’s March 2020 controversy over her ‘anti-wet market’ article in Spectator USA.