SINGAPORE (CNA) – President Halimah Yacob yesterday urged podcast channel OKLETSGO to apologise to all women for the “humiliating and misogynistic remarks” made on its podcasts, saying that it is not alright for women to be treated like “punching bags”.
The programme, which has topped local Spotify charts, has been criticised recently for objectifying women.
“Women are not objects to be made fun of, ridiculed and trampled upon, and no one has the right to do that to them. Women have the right to be respected, valued for their contributions in the family and in our society,” Halimah wrote in a Facebook post yesterday.
Halimah said that many people have emailed her with concerns about the values that the podcasts promote, and added that those who perpetuate the image of women being inferior should “be held responsible for being one of the perpetrators of violence against women”.
“The Podcast OKLETSGO should sincerely and humbly apologise to all women for their offensive, humiliating and misogynistic remarks on their podcasts about women,” said Halimah.
“It’s not ok to treat women like dirtbags and punching bags,” she added.
The podcast, helmed by former radio DJs Dzar Ismail, Dyn Norahim and Raja Razie, attracts tens of thousands of listeners per episode. Topics discussed include religion, drugs and prison life.
It has in the past also hosted guests such as comedian Kumar and politicians including Senior Minister of State for Defence Maliki Osman and Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli.
The podcast prides itself on its relatable and unfiltered style, with the hosts once likening it to eavesdropping on a conversation between three friends.
“For us, it’s all about telling stories about the man on the street,” Dzar told TODAY in an interview last October. “Our style is raw and unapologetic.”