Munah and Hirzi
The Singaporean YouTube sensation that made headlines when they posted videos of themselves doing silly, outrageous dares on fellow Singaporeans. Recently, they have moved on to making parodies of happenings in Singapore, that not only make us laugh but helps us in reflecting about our role as a citizen.
And that's when local entertainers play their part, brightening up our (unimaginably) dull lives as we smile discreetly at our luminous phone screens on the jam pack MRT cabins. Munah and Hirzi are two of the many local Youtubers we have and I've watched some of their videos including their song parodies and very daring dares.
While I found some of their videos entertaining, I thought quite a few were actually too... intrusive. (and maybe disturbing) When they take it to the streets and find strangers to play their dares on, I personally thought it had crossed the invisible thin line of being friendly and being rude.
Including strangers into the video without their consents and doing strange acts to them may easily come off as harassment and I'm sorry I cannot appreciate such humour which intrudes into others' private spaces. I can understand that they must too, endure humiliation and perhaps even aggression from these strangers but I'd prefer something less daring.
However, that said, I do give them my due respect for their courage in continuing in this industry despite disapproval from their communities and trollers on the internet.
Nevertheless, they make a compatible duo dishing out witty remarks and local jokes targeted at the Singaporean population and culture. They were former students of Temasek Polytechnic, and I must say they have come a super long way and are pretty successful. They are truly the pride of TP!
They are the voices of Singapore's Gen Y, touching upon issues that may be too controversial at times. But you know what, they somehow manage to convey most of my thoughts towards a particular issue all the time.
However, I didn't like their show on Suria (Munah & Hirzi: Action!). I felt that they weren't able to truly express their personalities on that show and would have loved it if they just concentrated on making more awesome Youtube videos! They're making a comeback in April this year so I can't wait for that!
They are so good that they do not even have to rely on fancy shooting and editing skills to make their videos such a joy to watch. Their YouTube channel describes them as being the founding prince and princess of Singapore's YouTube scene which I initially thought to be super egoistical a statement to make so boldly. However, after watching many of their videos, I am very much inclined to agree with them.
Looking forward to more of their video productions and collaborations and I hope to see them go far! Definitely a recommended YouTube personality star to follow.
I was taken aback when they appeared across my television screen. It was a show on Suria. I adored how they broke apart from the usual malay dramas structures. I was captivated how the show was akin to inhaling a breath of fresh air. It had a Lizzie Mcguire vibe! The old show which I used to watch religiously that narrates the characters thoughts. Unfortunately, it was said to be controversial for reasons too vague for mankind. There was a petition for the show to be banned from airing on Suria! The show has yet to launch itself onscreen when that petition was implanted! Do the batch of people yearning for the show to be banned even know why or what they are protesting against?
Yes they got their own TV show, fame would find people like them sooner or later. And I am glad their channel is helping elevate them further. Bringing them overseas like to USA, Malaysia, etc. They describe themselves on their channel as "The founding prince and princess of Singapore's Youtube scene!" and I could not agree more. An inspiration to all Singapore youtubers.
I find them hilarious, original and they have taken Singaporean youtubing to a whole new level. Recently, they've taken the channel overseas, and this has helped them to garner more global recognition. I feel a sense of pride, as more and more people around the world come to know of this channel, because Singaporean Youtubers hardly get any. I see a bright future for them and it excites me!
I also like it when they do the 10 dares, livening up the mood in this very stifled Singapore (many people look so amused by them in the videos!). Furthermore, the both of them are very good singers, and I always hope to see them belt out an impromptu song. They have recently starred in a theatre production, and I can see them going very far!
It takes a certain kind of gut to do the stuff they do - like the "10 dares" series. Nearly all of their videos had me laughing so hard I get stitches, but amidst all that laughter, there's this admiration for them.. I'll never be able to do even one of their dares, probably.
I've met them a couple of times, and it was a bit surreal the first few times, but they're nice people. Munah is as gorgeous, and a total darling, and so is Hirzi.
Oh, and a word of reminder - if you are easily offended, don't watch them. I've got a few friends who hates them and say they're a disgrace to the Malay and Muslim community, which is total bullshit in my opinion.
More importantly, their Sex Appeal and Jokes series attempts to tackle important issues in Singapore such as off day for maids, racist comments, the Singapore General Elections and MRT breakdowns in a way that is easily digestible and simultaneously cheeky. As a team, they certainly help to lighten up Singaporeans up. Brilliant.