Many Singaporeans would have definitely heard of this television series called The Noose, with the seventh season debuting soon at the end of March. The content of this comedy series would be relevant in contributing to debate in the public sphere as it does parodies on the many issues and recent news headlines that Singaporeans face these days. In face, the name ‘The Noose’ itself is not only a play on the word The News, but also carries literal gallows humour in reference to the most common execution of death penalty in Singapore, which is through hanging.
Going back to the point about the public sphere, it is most commonly defined as an area in social life where people can gather together to discuss issues pertaining to politics and their society, where such discussions could develop to influence political action in the country. The Noose frequently includes jokes in the show which indirectly makes fun of the policies and controversial issues of the country through puns and role-playing, and even towards our country’s politicians. Here are some of clips which touched on previous events and issues, such as the debate about the influx of foreign workers in our country, decreasing birth rates and also our infamous ex-Miss Singapore Universe Ris Low.
While many of us snicker behind the screens, this comedy series actually helps to provoke a few thoughts. Are the issues that we worry about on a daily basis really all that important or are we just overreacting to insignificant issues because that is what we are frequently exposed to? We are indeed a very sheltered society and generation, being blessed with the latest amenities and convenience in transport, but on the other hand the topic on whether the government should keep up with the times and allow more deep-seated views to be presented to the public is often debated upon, whether or not it may infringe on the country’s sovereignty ever so slightly.
Of course, apart from taking all these thoughts into mind, there’s no harm done in laughing at ourselves and the common antics of Singaporeans through these videos.