Following the news on Jack Neo’s affair (or affairs) has since become a national obsession. Even some of my colleagues who never had the habit of reading newspaper prior to “JackNeoGate” started to borrow my afternoon tabloid just to learn about the latest development.
Perhaps the reactions are to be expected. After all, it is not often to have a scandal involving someone so familiar and so well-loved by many Singaporeans. As famous as Tiger Woods or John Terry may be, they are just 2 “ang mohs” (ok, Woods is not technically an ang moh, but being an American is close enough) who are living thousands of miles away from us.
But Jack Neo is different.
My generation has grown up watching his Comedy Nights every Monday. We remember his partnership with Moses Lim, we remember him cross-dressing as Liang Po Po or Liang Simei, and remember many of the catchphrases he used in his skits. It is no exaggeration to say that he is like a family member who has accompanied us through our growing years.
But that is where I draw the line. The truth is, whatever we think we know about him are just on-screen. We do not know him as a person!
I am amused by those people who actually think they have a personal relationship with him. Just look at some of the typical comments in the papers:
– “I feel so cheated by him all these years. Now I know what a jerk he is!!”
– “His clean image is just for show. He really knows how to act!!”
– “What a hypocrite!! I would never watch his movies anymore!!”
It does not matter if these people may have never met him in person, but they are acting if it is a personal issue between them.
And then there were those who think Jack Neo is answerable to them.
– “He was not sincere in his apologies!!”
– “He think he could get away without explaining things clearly?!”
Oh please. Besides his family, who are they, you, me or anyone else to be demanding an apology from him? Why does he need to give anybody any answers?
And just a few more things:
Firstly, I do not believe for one moment that those women who have “kindly” shared their stories are trying to do other young gals a favour by exposing Jack. You would have done it long ago if that was the case.
Secondly, Jack Neo does not need their forgiveness. He only needs his wife and his children’s forgiveness. But those women need to apologize to his wife after plunging the knife deeper into her wounds. I think Mrs Neo is smart enough, and does not need you to show her what kind of husband she is married to.
Lastly, for those who do not think he deserve forgiveness, what do you suggest? Do we send him to jail for 20 years and give him 24 strokes of cane? Crucify him on the cross? Burn him alive on a stake? It is just so ridiculous when you stop and think about it.
Just remind me of the story in the Bible where Jesus said, “Let those without sins cast the first stone.”