SINGAPORE - Is this what they mean by the Queen's English?
Last week, the Speak Good English Movement launched a new campaign with a series of videos starring comedian Kumar as the "Queen of Grammar".
Wait, you say. Isn't Kumar a man? Shouldn't it be the "King of Grammar".
That is hardly very good English.
Well, Kumar is dressed like a woman in the videos, specifically a queen with a tiara and all that.
So the Grammar Queen is also a drag queen.
Wait, you say. Why is a national campaign using a drag queen to teach us good English?
A drag queen is hardly a very good role model, especially for children.
Well, at least it's not Phua Chu Kang.
But have you seen Kumar's stage act? Not exactly what I would call family-friendly.
The thing is that there are two Kumars - the M18-rated stage version and the G-rated TV version.
This is how the comedian has reigned since the early 90s.
I first worked with Her Highness 20 years ago on a variety TV show on Channel 5 called Live On 5.
I was the research writer on the show although I did very little writing and even less research.
The weekly show had a movie review segment, for which I had to book a guest to review the movie.
One week, the movie was the Mel Brooks comedy Robin Hood: Men In Tights.
I thought who better to review a movie about men in tights than Kumar, who was then already famous for performing in drag at The Boom Boom Room in Bugis.
But my boss expressed reservations.