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The Tammy sex video scandal was an incident in Singapore involving a sex video first circulated in mid-February 2006 that turned into an Internet phenomenon. The incident began when a student from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), known only as Tammy, apparently had her mobile phone stolen, and a 10-minute video of her having sex (which included intercourse as well as oral sex) with her boyfriend was uploaded on the internet.

The video, which was stored in the girl's mobile phone, was initially spread via instant messaging, email and blogs, but eventually made it to the front pages of national newspapers. Shortly after, the video gained international notoriety as many people curiously began searching for it online under the keyword Tammy Nyp, causing the scandal to make it to the first five places in Technorati's top search terms for almost two weeks.[1] The video was reportedly sold on DVDs in Penang, Malaysia.[2] A domain on the scandal's top search term was also squatted, and other merchandise such as T-shirts was sold online.[3]

Questions of morality were raised after the scandal broke.[4] Critics blamed the girl for shooting the video in the first place, while others pointed the finger at the culprit who uploaded the video. Her boyfriend, on the other hand, escaped the same level of criticism, prompting comments questioning some critics' bias. The girl, when interviewed, claimed that she had no aspirations of fame.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Taking over Tecnorati", Tym Blogs Too!, 24 February 2006
  2. ^ "Sex video featuring student on sale", The Star (Malaysia), 25 February 2006
  3. ^ "blogosphere", Melissa Hwee, The Straits Times (Digital Life), 28 February 2006
  4. ^ "Parents must address lax values", Jeremy Au Yong and Nur Dianah Subaimi, The Sunday Times, 26 February 2006
  5. ^ "Behave and be damned?", Tan Mae Lynn, The New Paper, 27 February 2006







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