Adelyn Hosehbo

Adelyn Hosehbo

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Adelyn Hosehbo is about a Singaporean who slapped her mother and boasted it online causing nationwide outrage.


On 01 Nov 2011, a article on a Singaporean online news website The Straits Times Online Mobile Print (STOMP) appeared with the title:
"Pai kia (Badly brought up) girls on rise in S'pore: One boasts that she slapped mum."

It was written by the author that he/she witness "One 14-year-old girl even bragged on facebook about slapping her mother."[1]



Within minutes of the posting, the Facebook profile of the girl mentioned, who goes by the name "Adelyn Hosehbo", was exposed. Her choice of her last name, a Chinese dialect for "Are you happy now?" in sarcastic manner and her unfilial action is highly exploitable. Her actions cause nationwide outrage. Adelyn Hosehbo became trending in Google Trends [2] and even Twitter at around 6 tweets per second.

A local Chinese tabloid newspaper reported her actions, raising the awareness to the incident.


This was made worse by photo which Steven Lim, a local controversial figure, who appeared in a talent show, Singapore Idol, stripping in his off-key performances, uploaded, showing her posing with Lim.


An article on Yahoo News Singapore also reported the incident.[5]

On 8 of November 2011, a English tabloid newspaper, The New Paper which is affiliated to local national newspaper, The Straits Times made a full page report on the incident which includes the report from local Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and comments made by psychiatric experts.


STOMP's server eventually crashed with many trying to read the original article.
Several videos has been posted on YouTubespeaking out regarding the incident. Of which, sweetestkind made a video in a comical manner, ridiculing Adelyn's action and her choice of last name and called for her public apology.

The original video was taken down after sweetestkind grew concern with Adelyn's mental health and do not want the risk possiblity of a chance that she might commit suicide under pressure. He also stressed that parent should be responsible for such behavior and called for a end to the saga. He also mocked the usage of the cliche, HOSEHBO, before ending the video. Soon after, sweetestkind then made a video speaking out against rude teenagers with Adelyn as an example.

Steven Lim eventually also made a video defending her, worsening the situation.

It was also alleged that Adelyn also stole her mother jewelleries to buy designer bags. Adelyn removed her Facebook profile soon after. The copycats jumped in and posted other similar claims. One even claimed to have slapped another girl in public and another, her own mother. In an act of defiance, girls claiming to be from a local secondary school posted picture of themselves in undesirable situation such as smoking and showing off tattoo which is looked down upon as hooliganism in Singapore.


HOSEHBO became a catchphrase for many Singaporean netizen, with the similar usage to meme
Mother of God, Rage guy, F*ck Yea or Awww Yea Guy to describe win, fail or horror. Many even changing their last name on Facebook to Hosehbo in mockery.[7]


Search Interest

Search queries for “Adelyn Hosehbo” spiked on the same day the article on STOMP was published.

External References

[1]STOMP –
"Pai kia (Badly brought up) girls on rise in S'pore: One boasts that she slapped mum."

[2]GoogleAdelyn Hosehbo

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