|Friday, October 24, 2014

NUS student takes down blog of erotic, gross photos 

KUALA LUMPUR, OCT 16 : National University of Singapore law scholar Alvin Tan Jye Yee told Yahoo! Singapore on Tuesday afternoon that he has taken down his joint sex blog with his girlfriend “because there’s been too much trouble for this and we want to stay out of trouble”.

Earlier, the NUS student said erotic photos and videos of himself and his girlfriend going viral was “exciting”.

He had also said he is prepared to face the consequences of posting the sexual content on their personal blog.

On the site “Sumptuous Erotica”, Alvin Tan Jye Yee and Vivian Lee said they love posting about their sex life on the web “for everyone to enjoy” and that they upload only self-made content.

Some of the explicit photos posted on the website show the couple’s naked bodies or body parts, and one shows a bloodstained sanitary pad.

In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore on Tuesday morning, Tan talked about why he started the blog and about facing the consequences of his postings.

“One fine day, we were just fooling around and my girlfriend had the idea of taking nude photos, just taking them, not necessarily uploading them. With more and more photos that we took, we started to want some sort of recognition for our work so we started uploading them on FB but we blurred out the critical parts,” he said.

As the photos kept on getting flagged and being taken down, he said they started the blog near the end of September this year. It has since gone viral.

He says he has “mixed feelings” about all the attention the blog has gotten. “Part of me was worried about the real negative consequences like whether I breached anything legal or how would NUS react to this,” he said.

“Of course the other part of me feels it’s quite surreal. I can’t say that I’m not excited,” he added. “It’s not something you get to do everyday, it’s something most people won’t get to do in their whole life so that’s what I mean by exciting. It’s something different and unique.”

He and his girlfriend have even been approached by companies in Singapore to endorse sex toys and lingerie, he disclosed.

Tan and Lee, both aged 23 and both Malaysian, are in Malaysia now, and Tan has taken a leave of absence from school to pursue a daily deals business.

On 15 October 2012, someone anonymously asked the couple why they do such things and their reply was, “Because we believe that there’s nothing inherently wrong with sex.”

“We don’t see why people who are sexually-active and/or being open about their sex lives should be treated as sinners or criminals. Sex is a natural reproductive process that really doesn’t deserve to have a stigma attached to it. Close-minded people need to get over it,” they said.

On facing possible consequences, Tan, who is in his last year as a law student, said that NUS has not contacted him yet.

“So far so good. I wouldn’t say I’m not worried but I’m prepared for it – to be expelled, for my scholarship to be taken away,” he asserted, adding that he is prepared for either or both as he has been on leave from NUS for a year and a half. “I started my own firm and it’s doing pretty well, so that’s actually my career plan anyway,” he said.

He still want to come back to Singapore to finish his studies if he can.”I have some time right now so I want to do that but I’m not sure if I’ll be allowed to do that anymore. I would definitely go back to Singapore if I’m allowed to,” he said.

Touching on the legal consequences of posting such explicit photos, he explained that all the activities had taken place in Malaysia and the postings had been done there.

“I know that also in law… if you’re not a Singapore national and you committed a crime outside of Singapore then you are basically scot-free,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve contravened anything based on my own legal knowledge.”

He said his friends who have read an article from The Straits Times quoting a lawyer as saying Tan could face charges for breaching the Films Act for the explicit videos do not agree with that lawyer.

“I don’t think I’m in any legal trouble,” he averred.

An ex-classmate of Tan from junior college was not surprised by the NUS student’s behaviour. “He was very competitive in class, really smart and outspoken but at the same time eccentric. He was just plain weird so I wasn’t surprised when he came up with the blog,” she said .