“Beauty is subjective” – Singaporeans tell netizens who complained about the appearance of SIA’s flight attendants

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans online have denounced a netizen’s disparaging comments about the appearance of Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight attendants. The controversy arose when Facebook user Rey Syafirah posted a complaint on the popular group ‘Complaint Singapore’, criticizing the appearance of SIA crew members.

Facebook user Rey Syafirah wrote in a post on the Complaint Singapore group: “Just got back from Thailand, I noticed that most of our SQ girls are foreign! They don’t look as nice as they used to.”

While some commented on the post with jokes in a similar derogatory vein, a number of Singaporeans slammed the netizen for his regressive views.

Many Singaporeans, both men and women, took to the comments and called out the netizen for the comment which was perceived as both sexist and xenophobic. Facebook user Marvin Lo commented: ““Beautiful” is subjective.”

Echoing this, Facebook user Exotics Godsmark wrote: “Beauty is subjective. Many women would agree with me if I said that you don’t look good yourself.”

Others urged the netizen to think about his own appearance before criticizing others. Diana Chung, also on Facebook, said: “”How beautiful do you mean? Looking beautiful is in the eye of the beholder, if you don’t think so, then too bad. Those who do not find others beautiful actually have low self-esteem and are not very good looking. Just saying ~~”

The focus of the netizen’s criticism was also questioned by users who considered the flight attendants’ professional abilities more important than their physical appearance. Facebook user Risha Isha commented: “As long as they are well versed in performing their duties and look presentable, everything else doesn’t matter. If you are looking for eye candy, go to fashion shows or participate in the parade yourself.”

Another commentator, Paul Liew, added to the chorus of dissent, pointing out: “You think it’s a beauty pageant. The most important thing is that they are well trained to care for the passengers and respond to emergency situations.”

The incident highlights broader societal resistance to superficial and discriminatory norms, especially in professional environments. The Singaporeans who criticized the comment made it clear that professionalism and competence should take precedence over subjective notions of beauty.