As most jet-setters and international schmoozers already know, the glamorous world depicted in 2018's iconic film (and book, before that), Crazy Rich Asians, is very much based on reality. Now, a new Netflix series is giving viewers an inside look, with all the romance, drama, and familial pressure we were introduced to in the movie.
While it noticeably lacks any Henry Golding (sigh), Singapore Social satiates our voyeuristic cravings by following the lives of high-rolling, elbow-rubbing, and impossibly good-looking young people on Singapore's social scene. Complete with confessionals, seemingly pointless hangouts, and a cast of intermingled characters (a pop star, a fashionista, a rainbow-haired burlesque performer, a career-driven entrepreneur), it's like the Southeast Asian version of The Hills. There's even a scruffy playboy to rival Justin Bobby himself (Vinny, you handsome jerk).
Since airing on Netflix, the reality show has caused quite a stir on social media. According to some Tweeters, it doesn't do a very good job representing Singapore and the majority of its residents and culture. However, as other viewers pointed out, the criticism reveals a bit of a double standard: entitled white people have been allowed to complain on TV for years, why can't another culture take the spotlight?
The problem with Singapore Social is how entitled and shallow it is. When a country’s name is slapped on a title, that automatically means representation and this show does a shit job at that. If you’re signing a paycheck to do a show, you best be ready for scrutiny.
— Stacy Lady Klopp ॐ (@6paperplanes) November 26, 2019
I’ve seen a lot of “#SingaporeSocial is vapid” but y’all.... American TV is full of vapid white people in America and I AM LIVING FOR MY VAPID BROWN PEOPLE. The scenery is popping and it’s refreshing to see other peoples cultures pop! pic.twitter.com/J3OaarjnQu
— Francina Simone (@FrancinaSimone) November 24, 2019
Bottom line: if you're looking for a new guilty pleasure to binge-watch while you're home for the holidays, this is it.
[Photos via Netflix]