[dropcap letter="W"]e’ve already done a whole bunch of Pinoy Outrage lists so far, but with each passing week, it seems that we will never run out of entries to use for this series. Truly, with all the advancements of technology and communications, the greatest boon it has given us is the ability to get angry and say nasty words about someone on Facebook to our heart’s delight.
Unlike the first three, this one’s a bit different, though: we’re focusing squarely on Filipino celebrities who incurred Pinoy Outrage through various reasons, as opposed to mostly people from outside the country. Furthermore, we’re going with relatively well-known blowups, so don’t expect to read about the time the entire country was just absolutely angry that 1950’s Sampaguita Pictures box office king and queen Eddie Arenas and Lolita Rodriguez got divorced. Let’s not get that obscure, mmmkay?
Here’s your periodic dose of Pinoy Outrage. Keep calm and rage on, Philippines!
The Controversy: In 2009, comedienne Candy Pangilinan made a joke while in Baguio that went, “tao po ako, hindi Igorot.” While some may defend her by saying that she was pertaining to the gigantic Igorot statues, the fact that she left out the word “statue” really left a bad taste in people’s mouths.
The Outrage: Well, Baguio declared Candy “persona non grata” over her remarks. You probably know how this works, right?
But Then: They lifted the ban on Candy just one month later.
The Controversy: In 2011, fashion blogger Tricia Gosingtian (she counts as a celebrity in my book, okay?) was quoted out of context in a video interview during New York Fashion week, where she apparently said that the Philippines is “not fashion forward.” Uh-oh.
The Outrage: Angry Patriotic Filipinos® swarmed Tricia all over social media, demanding she recognize how creative Pinoy designers are. Even a few celebrities like Liz Uy got in on the lynch mob, too. So did Raymond Gutierrez, but it’s not like he has any room to pretend he knows what being “fashion forward” means.
Not pictured: “Fashion forward.”
But Then: Tricia took it all in stride, clarified what she meant, and to this very day, still continues to be one of the most popular fashion bloggers in the country. She may even be friends with some of her former antagonists now, thanks to how gracefully she dealt with what really should have been a non-issue. And speaking of Raymond Gutierrez…
The Controversy: In 2009, at the height of Ondoy, Richard Gutierrez “attempted” to “rescue” the stranded Cristine Reyes by motorboating (Poor choice of words! – Editor), allegedly ignoring an old man and an infant, then promptly getting himself stranded and in need of rescuing, himself. Way to be a drain on resources! Go, you!
The Outrage: A picture paints a thousand words, even if the picture’s made up of words, too…
But Then: This confirms everything I’ve said about the man as an actor. He can’t even act like he could mount a rescue if his life depended on it. It may take “gutz” to be a Gutierrez, but you also need to be rich to be Richard, because nobody would rescue your ass after a botched and douchey (bouchey?) rescue attempt like that if you weren’t some kind of celebrity. Lucky him.
The Controversy: Just last year, Vice Ganda made a fat joke and a rape joke, in rapid succession, about Jessica Soho.
The Outrage: Jessica Soho deflected most of the issue by making it clear that more than her, it was the fact that Vice made a rape joke that made fun of the victim, but that didn’t stop the internet from lynching Vice over it, no matter how many times he tried apologizing to the esteemed reporter over the issue.
But Then: If we’re angry about making fun of rape victims, how does that make it okay to respond in kind with homophobia hurled in Vice’s direction? Apparently, people can’t even keep a high horse while still acting so sanctimonious!
How to get a high horse: feed it grass.
The Controversy: During an Eraserheads reunion concert, while singing “Toyang,” front man Ely Buendia passed the mic to Tim Yap so he could sing along. Tim promptly betrayed his lack of knowledge of the band by shouting out “PEN PEN PEN!” like a troglodyte because he clearly had no idea what the lyrics were. What. A. Poser.
Hi! This is how a real OPM rock fan looks like!
The Outrage: The blogs. The blogs. The blogs! The tweets were fun, but practically all the in-depth blog entries about the concert made it a point to tear Tim a new one somewhere in the narrative. Of course, the live chorus of boos he got on the spot helped, too.
But Then: But then nothing. How could you even possibly mangle the lyrics to “Toyang?!?” Sheesh.
The Controversy: Back in 2002, during the NU Rock Awards, Diether Ocampo, while presenting the Band of the Year honors, decided to get cheeky with the audience and shout out, “ang dami palang jologs dito!” Yeah, you can tell how that worked out for him, even after he acknowledged that he was just as jologs as everyone else.
”I’m totally just like you, guys!”
The Outrage: Violence erupted as people immediately started throwing water bottles and beer cans and God knows what else at Diether, and Ricky Kwek, Diether’s co-presenter/innocent bystander. People were riled up, exclaiming things like “jologs daw, mga pare,” and “t*ngina mo, Diether!” A number of audience members also reportedly waited for Diether after the show, hoping to get a piece of him.
But Then: Diether Ocampo’s band is named “Blow.” You make it too easy, Diether. Way, way, too easy.
The Controversy: In 2011, during one of Willie Revillame’s segments for “Willing Willie,” a 6-year old boy named Jan-Jan started dancing what was unmistakably moves taken from Adonis. In between bantering with the kid and his rapid vacillation between crying and dancing, watching the segment was cringe-inducing, even for someone like me who had no kids.
Keepin’ it classy.
The Outrage: First shared to me by Aileen Apolo, I then shared the video to Ms. Noemi Dado, aka momblogger. From that point on, the issue took on a life of its own, as Willie was accused of child abuse and exploitation, and was sued over it. Willie, in a tirade against his detractors, took shots at a whole bunch of people, including Jim Paredes and Aiza Seguerra. In a delectable bit of irony, Willie pretty much questioned Jim Paredes about what he has done for the country, which I hope, for his sake, was a completely rhetorical question.
But Then: As far as I can tell, Jan-Jan’s parents were at least as much to blame for this fiasco, if not more so. Unfortunately, people seem to have forgotten that, because after showering all their vitriol on Willie, they have none left to spare for the other people who put Jan-Jan in this position.
The Controversy: Oh, don’t play coy. Just last weekend, at Davao’s Kadayawan festival, Ramon Bautista joked, “ang daming hipon dito sa Davao,” which is, of course, slang for someone who has a sexy body but an unappealing face. (Here is a list of food terms that are used to describe beauty or lack thereof.) He was promptly booed by everyone in attendance.
Ano ang tawag sa babaeng hipon? Eh di she-pon! Wenk wenk wenk…
The Outrage: Just like Candy Pangilinan, Ramon was declared “persona non grata” by Davao city officials. The biggest difference between people booing him and government intervention is that one upholds free speech while the other stifles it. It doesn’t matter if we don’t like what someone has to say; we still should be defending their right to say it. That’s the whole point of free speech.
But Then: If Ramon can be declared “persona non grata” over a joke, can we also declare some politicians “persona non grata” for making a joke out of our country? It’s just fair.