Miss Earth USA Nicole Lynn Facebook post offends Filipino ‘pride’

The latest perceived affront to Filipino “pride” comes from a certain Nicole Lynn who, just after she flew into Manila on the 3rd December 2011, reportedly appeared as guest in Willie Revillame’s variety show Wil Time Big Time and then allegedly posted this “status update” on her Facebook profile…

“I hardly made it to manila and we already attended a ridiculous tv show. So annoying!!! These people want to touch you and be with you all the time!! I can’t understand a word they say. I can’t wait to go back home. This country is so dirty and noisy. I’m scared to eat!!! What a mess. On a lighter note I don’t see any real competition. Will keep you updated my loves”

Apparently this “update” (see image that is claimed to be a screencap of said update here) set off the most recent instance of what has already become an all-too-familiar phenomenon that hits the Filipino digiteratti every now and then — a storm of “commentary” owing much of its cause to a world-renowned trait of Filipino discourse first articulated by “an admired Filipino economist, based in New York” back in 2000 who observed how Filipinos tend to habitually fixate upon the “droll and unintelligent, focused on the trivial or the irrelevant”.

Back in mid-2010, a similar stampede to express “indignation” against such “insults” centred around American comedian Adam Carolla whose Facebook page was inundated with pieces of mind coming from “concerned” Filipinos (see a sample of these pieces of mind here) after he also expressed some similar self-evident observations about Philippine society.

For that matter, an “onion skin” mentality has long been something attributed to the collective character of Filipinos. Back in 2002, the late American consultant Clarence Henderson had his own personal encounter with this unsavory trait and related it in his seminal two-part article Cyber-Flamings & Onion Skins: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the Pinoy Dream where he made this observation following the experience…

Now, however, the bruises incurred in the battles described in “1. The Facts” have made me acutely aware of how much Filipinos hate being criticized and (especially) how much they hate foreigners (or other Pinoys for that matter) being critical of the Philippines.

The article goes on to enumerate past instances of similar mass expressions of shallow indignation, notable of which is the Claire Danes “Ghastly Manila” of remark of the late 1990s which also got her into the firing line of Filipino “pride”…

The whole country, led by the Manila City Council, was immediately inflamed and up in arms. There was a major move to ban all of Danes’ films in Manila and her name is now considered synonymous with “Ugly American”. Very few politicians or commentators were brave enough to note that Danes’ comments were basically accurate and that something badly needs to be done about the state of the Philippines’ capital city.

You gotta wonder what exactly makes Filipino “pride” so utterly fragile.

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Steven Grumman
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Even Filipinos know that what she says is true…

nona
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filipinos prefer to live an illusion than face the truth or accept criticism. hence companies do not have genuine ‘complaint/customer service departments’ every time i take a product back, before i have even finished explaining, the comment is ‘ its something you have done. no one else has complained’. or just a blank look. trying to get companies to understand, let alone apply total quality management principles is a nightmare. tqm rule 1 ‘ the customer is always right’ rule 2 if the customer is wrong, see rule 1′ DOT want tourists but dont want to listen to their needs… Read more »
Ce
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what she said was brutally true. i’m not offended as a Filipino because that’s her honest opinion.

setting aside being Filipino, how she said it was improper for her position though. if she said that about Brazil, Japan etc, she would still get the same reaction. sorry if I’m a bit out of topic…I know this article is about the Onion-skinned Filipino pride 🙂

Jet Hernandez
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BOTTOM LINE: Filipinos do not want any other nationality to critique their inequities… that is a mortal sin.

Joseph
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What she said is true. However, as an international representative, one must be more conscious with what you say regardless of what country you visit

G
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And these ‘proud’ Pinoys far outnumber their reasonable counterparts. They’re far more active in social media sites where they can further spread their idiocy, too.

I gotta say PNoy’s in an unenviable position trying to lead a bunch of typical ‘proud’ Filipinos. Wait… he might just be the perfect poster boy to represent them.

roi
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Filipinos are so full of themselves. They think they are the best. Whenever a Filipino makes it abroad, taglines “proud to be pinoy, galing talaga ng pinoy, or world-class ang pinoy” ang bukang-bibig ng Filipinos even before the achiever himself would attribute it to his being a Filipino.

Great majority of Filipinos have not set foot in a foreign land. They tend to overqualify themselves because they are ignorant (and oblivious) of what is outside.

And not to mention, Filipinos are one of the most racists!

SalingKetket
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Come on! No one in the whole damm world wants to be talked like that
those people in willie’s show are just trying to be friendly, they just went too far to being friendly, filipinos like foreigners
What she said is too much, why cant she just keep it too herself
Yeah! I can see Filipinos are soo Racist
And loves too kiss foreingers ass very much
Ang Saya!

pablo
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Eh kung yung simplenga lang pinagkainan sa mga fastfood restaurant hindi magawang linisan magisa at iiwan na lng nang ganun ganun eh how do you expect na gawing malinis angbuong manila?

PixelPolice
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“…ridiculous TV show…” haha
its weird that Filipinos dont take racial comments when many filipinos stereotype foreigners.

billy
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The same thing happened with an episode of Desperate Housewives in which the character Susan was suspicious of her gynecologist’s credentials. In the episode, one of her lines said “I want to make sure that you didn’t get your medical degree from the Philippines”. During that time there was a series scandals regarding Nursing Board Exam leakages. I am Filipino and I thought it was funny, the worse part of it, people kept saying that it was the Nursing Board Exam that had a scandal and not the Medical Board Exam. What a way to save face, it’s not that… Read more »
anji
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i’ve been in manila a hundred times and its true that its very dirty and noisy on most parts. they just went to the worst show ever especially since willie r. is the host.

Donzzy
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What she said is utterly true. The government should really do something about Manila, being the capital of the country. Since most tourists around the world happen to drop by this city, PNoy should most likely give utmost priority for the same to “attract” tourists , thus giving a good impression which should last.

SnareYellow
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Plain and simple culture-shock that’s all. Maybe in all her 22 years of existence in this planet she has never ever encountered anything quite like it. The assault on the senses is just too overwhelming for the young lass to take. Well, welcome to this side of the third world darling! T.I.P.!

Nytburn
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Wow guys who gives a fuck what she said? She was just one of the few human beings on earth would say something that way. Those were just words, soak it in and burn em all inside. Yeh, let’s get on with our lives. Pero para sakin, MORE POWER TO US PILIPINO AT MABUHAY PARIN ANG PILIPNAS!!!

chit
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i was not offended. who cares what other people say. her country is also not perfect. but i was certainly not happy that she said that to think she was a miss earth candidate.

she should not have joined that contest in the first place. and well .. they always say their accounts got hacked if negative backlash pops up. lame excuse

Anonymous
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Well, maybe it only means one thing… you people must realise that you need to behave yourselves better if you don’t like to hear these words. Cheers ‘kabayans’!

jesus v a villamor III
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jesus v a villamor III
If your friends or acquaintances were willing to bluntly and honestly tell you what they really thought of you, would you want them to? question 118 from The Book of Questions. Everybody’s been telling us what is wrong with our country but we haven’t done anything to correct them. All we have done is criticize and be offended by the truth. And may I quote a famous movie line, “The truth? You can’t handle the truth.” That’s what we are. We can’t handle the truth and try everything else to avoid facing the truth. ” And you will know the… Read more »
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