SINGAPORE - Local retailer Popular bookstore has apologised for a tweet which poked fun at teen blogger Amos Yee, who was slapped by a man outside the State Courts on Thursday, local news media reported.
Popular bookstore had posted a photo of a bag of Famous Amos cookies on April 30, along with the caption: "Sorry you got slapped. Here, have some cookies on us!"
The post received strong criticism from netizens. According to Channel NewsAsia, one Facebook user posted a screenshot of the tweet, saying: "Such poor ethics coming from Popular Bookstore (or their lousy social media team, whoever they are). I know you're trying to be smart, but it's insensitive when Amos Yee is a minor, and public violence towards him is not a joke."
The retailer deleted the post the same day and replaced it with another photo which had the message: "Famous Amos for Amos Yee", scrawled on a notepad, along with the caption: "Spread Love, Not Hate. #AmosYee #saynotoviolence"
The next day on May 1, the bookstore then posted an apology, which read: "It was a mistake that we accept and sincerely apologize for. We promise that we won't do it again. #saynotoviolence".