Singaporeans flood viral Facebook post with memes after American man says MBS is in Tennessee

Who knew an American man’s troll could bring Singaporeans together?

Noreen Shazreen

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Published: 18 June 2021, 1:31 PM

A Facebook post by an American man suggesting that the Marina Bay Sands was in Tennessee has gone viral, catching the attention of many Singaporeans. 

The Facebook post was shared on Monday (Jun 14) by Aye Shaun from Chattanooga, Tennessee, who captioned the photo: “Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee 😮😮 It’s Beautiful 🤯.”

Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee 😮😮 It's Beautiful 🤯

Posted by Aye Shaun on Sunday, 13 June 2021

This image, however, clearly captures Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, one of the world’s most iconic architectural structures.

Singaporeans responded with a variety of memes

There is no indication of whether or not Shaun had been trolling, but the viral post did cause a frenzy amongst Singaporeans. 

It has gained traction in Singapore and even became a trend among Singaporeans when the caption and photo became a meme generator. Currently, the post has garnered over 9,700 likes, 12,000 comments and 11,000 shares.

Many Singaporean commenters hopped on the trend by posting Singapore-themed images and captioning them with words or slang that Americans are familiar with.

Here are the five best responses Youthopia found.


Singaporean supermarket Sheng Siong has been changed to Target, a well-known American retailer. PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK


Even Mas Selamat, once the nation’s most-wanted criminal, has been swept up by the memes. PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK


Our iconic Esplanade landmark also falls prey to the memes and becomes New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK


With their red uniforms, the safe distancing ambassadors resemble the lifeguards from Baywatch. PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK


The fireworks displayed in Singapore can also symbolise the United States’ Independence Day in Tennessee. PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK


Shaun’s Facebook post was also not the first time someone deliberately referred to a place in Singapore as something different to get a reaction from others on the internet.

A trend began in 2016 when Americans started naming The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands with any mall name from their city simply because it appeared to be a beautiful and upscale mall.

Are you hopping on the trend as the Facebook post continues to circulate? Get creative with your incorrect captions and photos to ensure that your comment is meme-worthy! 

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