Update 3 on August 25th 2010: Great article about the restaurant Private Affairs’ contradictory response about blogger integrity (which made me very uncomfortable, because blogging is all about freedom) and it’s own self promotion written on CNet Asia.
Update 2: The link is now down due to probably a million people trying to get to his blog. So meanwhile you can read the article at Yahoo Singapore which summarizes what Brad said. Anyway what saddens and scares me is the gay bashing. (not sure whether Brad is gay or not, can’t make a judgement about whether he is arrogant or sincere, but his sexuality is beside the point, and totally irrelevant)
Update on August 24th 2010: Lady Iron Chef’s blog is up again and he tells his side of the story in a Post entitled The Truth About This Food Blog and explains that he was invited for the food tasting, but admits to losing his temper.
What I wrote originally:
It’s sad that he has since suspended his account. All I could think of was, all that work he has done on his blog – down the drain. What a pity. He seemed like a nice, polite person who responded to comments left on his blog. Other than that I don’t know him personally. But you know, somehow when you read somone’s blog online it feels like you know them a little and I can’t help but feel sorry for him. It all started when a restaurant (Private Affairs in Joo Chiat) spoke out about him expecting not to pay the bill in return for a review. The cost of the champagne brunch for him and his friends, came to S$435.
Personally I think it’s best to be anonymous in order to write the most impartial, unbiased reviews. Anyway this is the article in Yahoo Singapore that lead to things getting heated for him, besides the responses from other bloggers and people on the internet. There was also an article on STOMP that drew him quite a bit of harsh comments. It’s really quite scary how you can be up one day and completely down and out after just one incident.
It’s really terrifying the compassion doesn’t have a place on the internet, because no one’s perfect and anyone could slip up one day. This incident just reminds me that I should exercise more compassion myself and not be too quick to judge. Then, finally I came across another food blogger, Daniel Ang, who wants to hear Brad’s version of the story for a more balanced judgement. He too seemed shocked at the mass lynching.