Local actor Tosh Jang has been the ambassador at the Pink Dot event this year for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community and LGBTQ.
Hardly three days after his appointment was published, Jang announced his decision in a tearful video published in his Instagram on Saturday (18 May).
"I do not want to be a distraction, and I have the attention, the spotlight and the conversation about me when Pink Dot should be the day when we celebrate the love, celebrate the LGBTQ community and push for change and equality in Singapore," said Zhang in a two-minute clip.
The announcement came after a 29 year old player apologized for the derogatory mistakes made on the LGBTQ people between 2010 and 2013, which was highlighted by Facebook user Sarah Yip.
In Saturday's video, Zhang said that it was "really a few difficult days" for him.
"I know that I'm no longer that person a decade ago, and people who know me and follow them on social media know that I've always been pushing LGBTQ rights in recent years.
"I hope you will judge me for the man I grew up in, not for the boy I used to be," said the star, oh boys to men.
Ang apologized again and thanked those who stood by him during this difficult time.
The video statement gained over 23,000 views within two hours.
In a separate Instagram announcement later on Saturday, Zhang also said he was going to rest his social media, saying he would no longer explain and justify himself any more.
"I can not please everyone and I will not try … The amount of hatred I get (these) a few days has been overwhelming as I try not to let it reach me, it gets me," he said.
In a statement that evening, organizers of Pink Dot said that the news of the decision came as a surprise, as she turned to Jang for discussion. He said that he respected his decision to retire.
"Pink Dot has always advocated a change in the minds and minds of Singaporeans, where their views on LGBTQ rights are concerned," said Pink Dot on the Facebook Post.
"We believe that the evolution of Tosh's views over the years is a demonstration of the empathy and understanding that many defense attorneys are capable of."
In an earlier statement on Thursday, Pink Dot called the tweets of Jang "homophobic and misogynistic".
The theme of the event this year Pink Dank is "anti-discrimination".
It is now in its 11th and is expected to take place on June 29 in Hong Lim Park.
Some of his contemporaries in the local entertainment scene reacted to his messages in support, including the guy Ah boys and the male players Charlie Go, Noah Jaap and Apple Chan.
Jaap defended Jang by remark, asking his critics to "grow" and move on.
"Let those who sinless cast down the first stone, we all make mistakes in our lives, so who are we to judge someone about it? We are going to crucify a child that is wetting his pants 10 years ago?"
"We are all humans and we are going through a process of learning, life is like that, yes, when we make mistakes we get up, admit it, apologize and go on, if you were not who you were 10 years ago, you will not be who you are today "He said.
Actors Andy Chen, Hailey Wu and her sister Gili also left supportive comments.
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