Amos Yee, a Singapore-based YouTube vlogger teen, was just arrested after posting a brazen rant on the video platform in which he stated that he was glad the country’s “founding father” was dead.
Titled “Lee Kuan Yew Is Finally Dead!,” the video, which has been pulled from Lee’s main channel, can still be found online. In his 8 1/2 minute rant, he mocks Lee Quan Yew, Christianity and dares Yew’s surviving son to “sue him.”
Known for his edgy comedy on YouTube, Yee states (framed up nicely by the NY Times): “Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person,” but everyone else in Singapore “is afraid that if they say something like that, they might get into trouble — which, give Lee Kuan Yew credit, that was primarily the impact of his ‘legacy.’ ”
The first prime minister of Singapore, which is essentially a presidential role in foreign countries, Yew governed for three decades and was a respected figure in the region who pushed for tight social control.
Yee’s bail has been set at the equivalent of $20,000. He faces up to three years if convicted. While several people have criticized Yew in the aftermath of his death from “old age,” Yee is the only one who has been arrested so far.
The lawyer who filed the complaint against Yee allegedly stated, “There is a limit to freedom of expression.”