Joseph Schooling Says He Wants To Teach Malaysia A Thing Or Two, Sparks Mini-War Online

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Olympic Gold Medallist Should Be More Humble, Some Netizens Say

When it comes to sporting events, it’s not uncommon for athletes to participate in verbal exchanges of opinion. Better known as banter or “trash talk”, these remarks usually range from harmless teasing to downright insults.

And in another case of Singaporeans taking things completely out of context, netizens were quick to overreact over an interview Olympic swimming gold medallist Joseph Schooling gave Channel NewsAsia at Changi Airport when he arrived back in Singapore on Tuesday (Aug 1).

Here is the interview that drew the ire of the dreaded comments section:

Schooling Malaysia?

When asked about the upcoming South-East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Schooling must have thought he was being interviewed by ESPN in America, as he wasn’t just confident of his chances — he lapsed into trash talk.

In case you failed to catch it, this was the sentence that stood out:

We have a chance to do something special at the SEA Games; 2015 was something special for us, I think it will be nice to go to Malaysia’s backyard and teach them a thing or two.

What a madman.

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Wow, the cheek of him! Even Conor McGregor has his limits!

Mountain Out Of A Molehill

And of course, netizens were triggered at his perceived arrogance.One decided to deliver a slice of humble pie.

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Some seemed to begrudge an Olympic gold medalist from displaying confidence in his hard-earned training and proven skills.

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This one even called him a “banana” — referring to someone who is yellow on the outside, but white on the inside. Erm, but Schooling is Eurasian, not Chinese, so how is he “yellow”?

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Because beating the most decorated Olympian of all time at his own sport isn’t something you should be proud of.

No Trashing Them

Seeing as how Schooling is currently studying at the University of Texas at Austin, it’s not surprising for him to indulge in “trash talk”, which is more commonly heard in Western sports interviews.

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Perhaps those who were offended were simply not used to it? After all, Asian celebrities and athletes usually speak in an overly politically correct way so as not to offend sensitive Asian fans.

Lighten Up

Thankfully, not everyone took his comments so badly. Some were of the opinion that Schooling was referring to fellow Singaporeans, not Malaysians.

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Some even fired back at the butt-hurt comments for being overly sensitive to banter.

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Don’t Slam Schooling

We think that instead of criticising our nation’s best swimmer for minor things, like the comments he makes that may be perceived as “not humble enough” for oversensitive souls, we should just stick to caring about his actual results in the pool.

Should Schooling’s every comment and action be subjected to scrutiny? Schooling may have achieved superhuman feats in the pool, but ultimately, he is a human being outside the pool. And humans aren’t perfect.

Why can’t Singaporeans just unconditionally throw our support behind Schooling as he again tries to bring glory to Singapore?

If we don’t cut our talents some slack, we should also accept the blame if they cave in to the pressure of public expectation and crash out.

All The Best

The last time Schooling competed in the SEA Games in 2015, he won 9 gold medals on home ground, giving him the perfect platform to clinch gold in the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Olympics.

We here at MustShareNews would like to wish him all the best for the upcoming Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, and would certainly love to see him school his opponents to bring back more silverware for Singapore.

Let’s leave the last word to the man himself, in a post on his Facebook profile on Tuesday (Aug 1).

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