Once in a while, I do a search of the blogosphere for mentions of Yawning Bread. You can call it market research, or vanity. It’s probably both 🙂
Today, I stumbled upon a funny one. Pak Su of the Cyberia Blog Archive mentioned and linked to an old article of mine, but what was noteworthy was how he opened his blogpost:
Putting aside for the moment his admission that he is gay, a Singaporean blogger, Yawning Bread, penned some interesting points about what might be described as the “historical Malays”. You may contrast this, if you so wish, with the modern Malaysian’s “constitutional Malays”.
It seems that my sexual orientation is such a huge monster looming over any and everything to do with me that Pak Su has to pre-advise his readers to make an effort to hold their mental earthquake in check.
It reminded me of a comment in a local bulletin board in 2006, right after I made the news with the wide-angle photograph of the election rally in Hougang. The comment said, in trembling words: “Do you know that Yawning Bread is homosexual?” Gasps were the appropriate response to that comment.
These things don’t bother me much. They speak more of the writers than of me. But I think it is still important that we should flag them by way of saying, “Get over it. It’s the 21st century already.”