The precocious Zhonghua Secondary School student also said in the video: "Okay, that (how Chinese New Year was copied from the Americans) really didn't happen,. It was just my fake representation. "I hope my fellow Chinese people have a happy Chinese New Year and I hope other races can join in the festive season that we Chinese people do."


Amos, who said he usually only gets up to 2,000 views per video per day, told The New Paper: "To all the haters, I am open to their criticism, I'm not a racist as some people have called me.

"I love feedback. I feel, humbly, that feedback is good.

"The video is a joke executed well, but it attracted a lot of (unnecessary) hate.

"Most of the people are just commenting for the sake of commenting. They are also commenting from other people's comments. Have they seriously looked at the video from their own perspective?"

But will the fact that he has amassed so many critics deter him from making more videos?

To Amos, any bad publicity is still good publicity.

He said: "I am Amos Yee. I don't care what people think. They can hate me for all they want. "It shows that people are interested in me."

When contacted, Amos' mum, who only wanted to be known as Mrs Yee, said that the video clip was done in good fun.

It was actually filmed last year and Amos uploaded it recently with the intent of it being a comical greeting card.

Said Mrs Yee, 46: "I'm surprised that there are so many people who are unhappy with the video.

"I hope all these haters will calm down because to Amos, he is just doing a routine.

"In real life, Amos is a very good boy and enjoys all the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year. He loves going visiting with us."

However, she has had a serious talk with him about being more mindful about the feelings of others now that he's in the public eye.

Her biggest worry?

That the video, which she stresses bears no ill intentions, will cause such a ruckus that Amos' school will seek disciplinary action against him.

Said Mrs Yee: "He has been making videos for a long time and I have already had a few talks with him because he's very open with his views. But sometimes they do unwittingly get him into trouble.

"Actually, Amos has mellowed, but I do think that there is still room for improvement."

When told of his mother's concern, Amos said that he would insert a black-and-white disclaimer - "this video is satirical" - at the beginning of his videos in the future so as to "warn" viewers of its content.

Neo, 51, also defended his young star by saying that Amos is not to be blamed for coming up with such a concept for his video clip as generally, "most children these days have no idea of the origins of Chinese New Year".

At the press conference of We Not Naughty held last week, the straight-talking teen also raised eyebrows among the media and artistes present.

When asked by the emcee to rate the movie, he frankly gave it a B+ - to everyone's surprise - the same grade he gave his own videos.

Amos said that he would never "hide the truth" even if there was a more politically correct answer.

Said Neo: "I can't judge Amos because he's still a child. I think Amos needs to be sat down and told that he should focus on expressing his views in a positive manner if he wants to be seen as a smart kid."

As for the netizens' threats of boycotting We Not Naughty, the veteran film-maker joked: "I want to tell all these people that Amos only has three scenes.

"Come watch the movie and during those scenes, you can either close your eyes or go to the toilet.

"Actually, thanks to Amos, now so many people will want to know how Chinese New Year came about and that's a good thing."

- Additional reporting by Joanne Soh

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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