The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Distance Makes The Heart Grow Evil …

So Singtel – the Singaporean telco giant – have made an ad about long distance love.

I’m sure it’s meant to highlight how their technology can make even the greatest distances feel invisible … but for me, the story is actually about a guy who fucks his girlfriend from going after her dream job in New York by guilt-tripping her into going back to Singapore because he wants to watch the football on TV. Or something.

Now I know some people in Asia have some very screwed-up attitudes towards gender equality, but this is taking the piss.

Now I appreciate I might be going a bit over-the-top on all this, but for me, the endline shouldn’t be …

“For every moment between goodbye and hello”

… it should be …

Singtel: for men who pretend to be sensitive but are bastards.

Anyway, have a look and tell me what you think. I am sure Cindy Gallop will agree with me.


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is this the story of you and that headcase who made you move to fucking oz? id fucking sue if i were you campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

what was her fucking name, its driving me nuts. but not as much as she drove you to fucking madland.

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Comment by DH

Her name was Danielle and – you’ll be interested to know – after 10 years of silence, she reached out to apologise for being a fuckwit. How about that eh! That said, I can never be truly pissed at her, if it wasn’t for her I’d of not moved to Australia, not have met Jill and not have had Otis.

Every cloud has a … blah blah blah.

Comment by Rob

nice use of cindy “all men are fucking bastards” gallop there campbell. almost made me laugh.

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Comment by DH

Oh dear.

Mind you, as much as I think Cindy’s cause is very important, I’m not sure the way she is going about it is as good as it could be. Not in terms of the message she is shouting, more in terms of it all starting to feel more focused on publicising herself than her cause. Or maybe that’s just me.

Comment by Rob

pot fucking kettle black.

Comment by andy@cynic

I know this doesn’t disprove your thesis but it’s got almost exclusively positive comments on YouTube.

Comment by John

Singaporeans always does what their government tells them to do.

Comment by DH

Singtel is the governments telco, so your comment may not be that far from the truth.

Comment by Pete

All I will say is that when I once made an [obviously] joking film about the Singaporean Government taking advantage of it’s citizens, I was bombarded by abuse from people who were outraged I would ever dare say anything negative about the country. Even if I was just taking the piss.

So positive comments about the state telecommunication company isn’t that surprising.

Comment by Rob

Do you want to know how long you have been away on holiday Rob? So long that I forget to remember this website until late in the evening. Thank you, you’ve made my happiness last much longer each day.

Comment by DH

Watching this took me right back to the sort of work I saw when I lived in Singapore back in the early 2000s. Government brainwashing wrapped in an ad.

Comment by Pete

less brainwashing and more fucking braindraining.

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Comment by DH

She’ll kick herself when she knows she could have had me and stayed in merica.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Patriotism required that she return home, of course. Otherwise the message would be “Singtel will help keep you together until you can escape this lame country for a better future”. Client probably wouldn’t have gone for that. A more interesting question is how we would feel if the genders were reversed. Would she be seen as an asshole for wanting him to come home? Most likely yes, because women are almost always damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Would he be heroic for giving up his dream job, or would you also see him as succumbing to a guilt trip and giving up too much?

Comment by Dust From Stars

They managed to squeeze a lot of bad into 3 minutes. BUT – we never got to hear Gary’s side of the story. I bet John set him up from Singapore – made it look like Gary cheated so he could swoop in and look like the knight in shining armor (which he clearly isn’t when he guilt trips her into giving up on her dream job).

Singtel: From friend zone to homewrecker at the speed of LTE.

Comment by Bryan

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