Sometimes things just don’t work out at the gym!
Jee Leong Koh, a Singaporean Oxford graduate, was sat down for a 15-minute interrogation with the manager after complaints were filed by fellow gym members over his tank top.
The “offensive” white tank top was emblazoned with the words, ‘Gay But Not Yet Equal’ and ‘Equality For All’.
Jee, based in New York, uses the Singapore Armed Forces Reservist Association (SAFRA) gym while visiting the Asian nation.
Eventually, a manager challenged him on the top – saying they had no choice following the complaints.
Taking to Facebook to detail the confrontation, Jee wrote: He (the manager) also said that ‘the social issue’ was sensitive nationally, and that SAFRA could not allow any social advocacy.
“I explained that I was not trying to change any social policy, but I was just wearing a tank top specially designed by a New York designer.
“I should have also said that I wasn’t standing by the water cooler and passing out flyers, I was just working on my pecs and butt, like other gym users.
“They would not have complained if my tank top had promoted a national heart campaign. They were, in fact, complaining about my being gay.”
After the talk, the gym agreed to let him remain in the outfit.
Jee added: “It would be an injustice to stop me from using any of the facilities of the SAFRA Recreational Clubs just because a few members do not like my tank top.
“Or, to put it more bluntly, just because they do not like gay people.”
SAFRA gym told Channel News Asia that Jee’s T-shirt did not go against any of the gym’s rules and regulations.
“We have also spoken to the gym users who gave the feedback. From our conversation with Mr Koh, we believe there was no intent to cause discomfort to other gym goers so we hope this can be resolved amicably,” SAFRA said.