THE letter-writers were angry and upset. Their words were harsh and the criticisms stinging.
Several contained personal attacks on the reporter whom they accused of being biased.
The New Paper received almost a dozen e-mails from angry supporters of Sun Ho, after our report Is Sun A Gaga Wannabe? appeared on Tuesday.
There were striking similarities in the letters. Not only were the same issues raised, but some had similar paragraphs.
The writers felt our report was “biased” and “cynical”, and “poorly researched”.
One of them, Sharmaine Ang, wrote: “The assertion that Sun’s MV, Fancy Free, is similar to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face because of dance pieces ‘involving cavorting male dancers ... (and) numerous costume changes’ is hilarious.
“Watch the MTV channel for a few minutes and you will find dozens of MVs ‘involving cavorting male dancers... (and) numerous costume changes’.
Another writer, Bernard Loh, wrote: “If the intent was to represent the controversy on the Net regarding Sun Ho, I must say that it failed miserably. Only the criticisms of Sun are reflected in your report, giving rise to an untrue image that netizens, in general, are against her.
“This is obviously fallacious as a visit to the forums reveals that there are equally vociferous and compelling voices from both camps. In other words, Sun remains controversial.”
Most of the writers ended their e-mails demanding a response from the paper and reporter.
Angry fans write in all the time. Criticise Fann Wong and you can bet her posse will hit out at the reporter. However, these letters were different and they uncannily shared common words, like “agenda”, “directionless” and “integrity”.
The New Paper contacted three of the letter writers. This is what they said: No, they’re not regular readers of the paper.
No, they’re not actual fans of the singer. They just like some of her songs. Yes, they belong to that same church as Sun Ho.
But no, they did not write in because of that.
This article was first published in The New Paper.