Singapore Rebel: Searching for Annabel Chong
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Back in January 1995 in Los Angeles, California, a Singaporean pornstar named Annabel Chong took cultural rebellion to an extreme, on terms that had never been negotiated before. She was filmed having sex with a long receiving line of men, servicing them 251 times over a ten-hour period to set a new world record: The World’s Biggest Gangbang.
Now bestselling author Gerrie Lim, Annabel’s longtime friend and confidant, revisits those events and reexamines those scenarios to shed new light on her legend, to discover why such an enduring curiosity about her exists, and to learn why she is still regarded in her own native Singapore as something akin to a mythological figure. As Lim writes, “she did this gangbang as a gender studies/liberal- progressive/feminist statement to subvert gender stereotypes, but no one got it.”
This book, featuring many of the author’s own conversations and correspondences with Annabel over the years, is the first serious inquiry into the fascinating persona of a seldom discussed, yet often secretly venerated, Asian celebrity.
herself in whatever she later chose to do – she was hardly irresolute in her stern resolve to excel, but only in the best way she knew how. In one of my favorite scenes in Sex: The Annabel Chong Story, she looks straight at the camera and says: “In Singapore, pornography is filth. And that’s okay, but it’s become a national ideology, a value judgement. To do pornography is to be against the collective agreement of what it means to be a Singaporean. Fuck ‘em. They can lick my ass.” We had our
more interested in. I just saw the book – Nerve is now available in book form. Yes, it’s a collection of essays. I read a review of it and it got a pretty good review. So what is your website going to be called? AnnabelChong.com? Yeah, there’s going to be AnnabelChong.com and the magazine part of it is going to be called Nero.com Nero? Yes, it’s kind of a play on the idea of decadence but it’s got a lot of elements of camp. Because if you read about the life of Nero, it’s really campy,
in order to set a world record, until then held by an Amsterdam sex worker. “Annabel Chong is a persona I created to express a certain part of myself that so far has not been able to find an outlet,” the 26-year old Qek told AFP. “In some ways Annabel is a rebel, she is rebelling against her very strictupbringing in Singapore.” She said though she had initially picked 300 of the 1,500 men who applied for the porn exploit that was captured on film, she decided to stop at 251 due to fatigue and
the way Annabel once collected US$150 from an obviously obsessed fan. “The guy wanted me to shit into a bag for US$150,” she said. “So I went out and scooped up some dog shit and mailed it to him. He was completely ecstatic, thinking it was my shit! Actually, he wrote to me telling me he ate the shit and it was delicious.” That was back in 2002, eight years after she’d started out in the adult film industry and one year before she officially retired from the business. For her, I thought, that
porn still possessed a certain innocence now sadly gone, as the gangbang genre led to the “gonzo” porn explosion of the late-90s and “reality porn” then became the desired norm, making her a forerunner of things to come, something we all know now but only with the wisdom of hindsight. The “gangbang” scenario back then was porn decon-textualized – it was out of the ordinary, and had the gee-whiz quotient of the reality television shows that would captivate people years later, things like Fear