Actor Joshua Tan is being praised today for standing up to a frothing lunatic in Sydney.
Tan’s celebrity pals praised the 31-year-old after he spoke out against bullying and racism on social media, where he posted a clip showing him keep his cool while being screamed at and insulted by an unhinged man in a pink, Justin Bieber-brand hoodie.
“[B]ruh the RESTRAINT 😍 well done my man,” singer Benjamin Kheng wrote.
The clip, showing what appeared to be a moment of inflamed parking lot passions, was apparently filmed in Sydney by Tan’s partner Zoen Tay.
“Shikes sorry this happened to you man. Honestly I cannot believe this racism in the country, in this day and age. Kudos for keeping your cool – must not have been easy! Stay safe,” actress Jade Seah wrote.
“That must be awful but thanks for sharing such positive energy,” actor Romeo Tan wrote.
The praise continued to flow from other famous friends including actors Paul Foster, Tosh Rock, Shane Pow, and Irene Ang.
In the clip, the infuriated man tears vulgarly into Tan, calling him a “fucking imbecile,” a “fucking idiot” and telling him multiple times to “fuck off.”
Tan refuses to fuck off; instead, he stands his ground without becoming antagonistic. The actor best known for his role as Ken Chow in the Ah Boys To Men film franchise, is Australian but has mainly worked in Singapore.
It wasn’t clear what provoked the exchange, but the older man could be heard saying that Tan “blocked the line” and “slowly pulled in” while driving.
“It is possible to stay calm but also stand up to bullies, some resort to aggression and raised voices when confronted by firm restraint,” Tan wrote in his post. “However it is possible to stand up for yourself while at the same time, not resort to violence.”
He topped it with “RACISM IS NOT OK BULLYING SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED,” though no racial slurs were heard in the video.
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