Lee Kuan Yew, prime minister of Singapore for over 30 years, died in March 2015. The nation went into mourning. 16-year-old Amos Yee, however, made the video you see above.
In it, he calls Yew a dictator, calls him out for suing critics, and argues that his reputation for building a successful Singapore is undeserved. The video says that despite Singapore being famous for its high per-capita income, Singaporeans work the longest hours and suffer the greatest inequality in the world, have the highest poverty rate among developed nations, and have the highest tax rate with respect to earnings. And yet the politicians are the highest-paid in the world. “… And whenever somebody wonders online if the government is pocketing the money for themselves, they get sued.” Maybe it’s not a huge surprise, then, that its citizens are among the unhappiest in the world.
Amos does not offer this critique subtly. That is not the teenage way. “Lee Kuan Yew is dead. Finally!” he begins. “Why hasn’t anyone said, ‘Fuck yeah! The guy is dead’? Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person.” Later: “All day, you see 24-hour news coverage of necrophiliacs sucking Lee Kuan Yew’s dick.” He concludes with: “He should have committed suicide himself. You know why he didn’t? Because if he did, his band of sycophants who have been voraciously sucking his oblong dick might despise him, and his oh-so-great reputation which he so desperately tried to uphold might shatter because it would be deemed quite controversial … Lee Kuan Yew. An overrated, over-glorified person, a dictator exceptionally Machiavellian in nature. Good riddance, Lee Kuan Yew. I neither hope – and neither will you – rest in peace. But now with his death and upcoming elections next year, there is a high chance that with us citizens of Singapore, things can finally change for the better.”
Yee was arrested and ultimately jailed for the video.