Ayah Paling Parah – The Worst Parents In The World

b8It’s a down to earth’s story as I was raised in a home where luxuries were scarce. We couldn’t afford meals in fancy restaurants, every expense was accounted for. And I met many others who shared the same thoughts that were sparked by the film. Almost every Asian parent would spend the last dime on their child’s education and improvement before they worry about themselves. It’s just our thing, to feed children the last piece of food while they’re hungry, self-sacrifice that Asian parent are willing to do quietly. The almost five minute film starts off with every parents’ nightmare: a son calling them out for being “The Worst Parents in the World’. It’s running through a list of parental fails by today’s Singaporean standards, low-budget DIY parties, mall funfair holidays, cheap tuition classes. Halfway through, the film takes a turn and the son starts thanking his parents for choosing to save for their retirement instead of giving him everything he wanted. That film was ‘The Best Gift For Your Child’, from BBH Singapore which was directed by Roslee Yusof and made for NTUC Income last August 2019. (nDy)

Dengan menjual narasi hiperbolik “Orang Tua Terburuk Di Dunia”, disambung visual kontradiktif dalam durasi lima menitan, tema video ini mewakili selera publik sinetron umumnya. Pada pesta pernikahan di tengah keluarga besar yg bahagia, kemudian sang pengantin berpidato secara mengejutkan tentang orangtuanya. Bukan hanya dramatis dan eye-catching, juga berpotensi click-bait. Naluri sentimental khas Asia sangat maklum atas perjuangan orang tua bagi anaknya sbg pengorbanan, disebutlah sbg modal jangka panjang. Meski dalam persepsi anak selalu kurang memadai, ketika dibandingkan dgn kondisi teman yg tampak lebih beruntung. Dilema antara belanja habis2an untuk anak, versus efisiensi alias ngirit tapi berkualitas, digeber dalam tiga menit awal. Saya bukan fans drama Korea, maka wacana kutafsir lebih jauh. Berupa pentingnya para orang tua membangun masa depan yg aman. Selain tanggung jawab mengurus anak secara layak, juga investasi pribadi untuk pensiun mandiri. Setiap anak akan menjadi orang tua baru, harus meninggalkan orang tua mereka secara aman pula. Inilah logika yg ditawarkan pada akhir video, karena masa tua bukanlah saat menagih cicilan biaya hidup seolah hutang oleh anaknya. Mungkin aneh bagi para orang tua yg telah menganggap pihak keturunan sbg investasi, jangan gusar, kita nikmati saja lagunya. (nDy)

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