So let me tell you a story about two fools.

On an overcast March 17, the name Richard Poon became one of the trending topics on Twitter. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s one of those singers you used to hear on the radio– Frank Sinatra type, doing covers of different songs and putting a jazzy spin to them. Well, he became the talk of the town because his inner Karen made it to the internet.

Poon drew flak on social media today after taking a jab at Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s recent GRAMMY live performance of the former’s provocative hit song ‘WAP.’

“Ah yes… the GRAMMYs,” the singer wrote in the caption. “Expect many entertainment shows to follow and replicate this so-called ‘empowering’ performance by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.” Attached in the post are shots of the performance where the two artists could be seen doing a dance you can best describe as every baby boomer’s nightmare, with their cheeky butts out and twerk-filled stripper moves.

 

“Stay pressed!” Some people told Poon, either directly as a reply to his post or indirectly as a tweet. For those who are not in the know, it’s a popular phrase on Twitter often used as an alternative to “Haters gonna hate.”

The Supreme Court of Twitter has agreed that Poon’s post was reeking of misogyny and that therefore should have stayed in the medieval period– or at least, that point in the faraway past when the guy was relevant for his music, not for his pro Du29+1 views.

To be fair, the point the offended are trying to send across makes sense: Richard Poon, a person of privilege, is not in the position to demand how an “empowered woman” should act, let alone express their art. But it’s how a good lot of them have expressed their thoughts that added fuel to the fire, calling Poon names, labeling him as a has-been trying to regain relevance, and even dragging the name of his innocent wife, Maricar Reyes. 

Poon, in return, chose to make an even bigger mess of himself by spamming the thread with comments defending his original post. He argued that if Cardi is being a responsible parent for refusing to let her child listen to WAP, then why is it condemnable for other parents to do the same for their kid? (Dude, it’s every parent’s responsibility to watch out for their child’s content consumption if it’s appropriate for their age.)

He also made another post sarcastically speaking about how learned a new line today, which said, “Empowered confident women should stay mad!” In response to that, someone pointed out that it was a quoting mistake on Poon’s part, because the original statement was, “Empowered confident women. Stay mad.” His course of action will remind you of a typical internet troll, really.

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