Philippine National Cringe: Ricky Lo interviews Anne Hathaway

anne_hathawayFilipinos yet again are in the throes of a national cringe as a video of supposedly-veteran showbiz journalist Ricky Lo interviewing Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway makes the rounds in cyberspace. The video is a fine specimen of how the underbelly of the Filipino psyche is revealed when back-lit by the glitz of international celebrity.

Some all-too-familiar epic fails are revealed in all of a four-minute video.

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Name dropping

Lo thought he’d swoop in for the kill to take advantage of his knowledge of Hathaway’s well-known admiration for Filipino performer Lea Salonga (who herself had played Hathaway’s character in theatre productions of Les Miserables) who Lo emphasized is supposedly a personal friend of his. To highlight the point further, he handed his mobile phone over to Hathaway to show a text message from Salonga to her. Lo probably thought that making Hathaway aware of his personal relationship with Salonga would give him a tall-enough stool to stand on to negotiate the interview with Hathaway eye-to-eye.

Starstruck ignoramity

Perhaps a possible key part of the problem with Ricky Lo is that he may have been so starstruck in the presence of Hathaway that he bungled the entire interview. Some say that some of Hathaway’s snappy responses to Lo’s lame questions were uncalled for. But then she is the celebrity in the building. You don’t send a goat to negotiate with a tiger. Lo was obviously out of his league in this gig. A more seasoned and less-easily-intimidated journalist would probably have done a better job.

Veiled judgmental juxtaposition of poverty with wealth to make lame points

Lo at some point asked Hathaway, “And for somebody who perceived to have lived a life of luxury and privelege, how were you able to identify [with] Fantine?” Lo added before she could respond, “Have you ever experienced to be hungry? To [be] poor, and you know, just like the character,” to which Hathaway answers “That’s a very personal question.”

How does one answer that question anyway? One’s personal wealth is one’s own business, of course. That seems to be something that is beyond the comprehension of the typically Filipino mind of Ricky Lo.

Scripting a command impromptu performance

You don’t tell a professional performer to recite something for you before the cameras on the spot. That’s tantamount to requesting a pro bono employment of her talent. But that’s exactly what Ricky Lo asked of Hathaway in the interview: “And what about inviting fans from the Philippines to watch the movie, showing January?” Hathaway drops the final bomb: “Well why don’t you invite them? I think they’d much rather hear it from you.”

The whole interview was blatantly all about Lo’s self-aggrandizement agenda to begin with. But more to the point, Lo failed to realise that a common practice in the Philippines, telling an interviewee what to say (such as invite the audience to watch their movie), comes across as tasteless and patronising to professionals from other cultures. Lo should’ve just asked Hathaway if there was anything she wanted to tell her Filipino fans.

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This is the reason the truly talented and competent do not seem to find much incentive in pursuing a career in local politics and showbiz. Both fields are governed by an idiocracy and, as a result, dominated by the incompetent and mediocre.

[Acknowledgements: Quotes in this article refer to a transcript of the interview published on Technograph. Refer to Anne Hathaway’s interview with Ricky Lo on YouTube.]

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Manny Alvarez
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OMG. I just HAVE to see this interview now. Whoever this Ricky Ho or Lo or whatever he is… What a moron. Yet ANOTHER example of how a Pinoy makes.the Philippines looks bad

Ilda
Admin

Ricky Lo brought out the worst in Anne Hathaway. I used to think she was sweet, now I know she can be a meanie. But Ricky was asking for it.

lester2k1
Guest

Catwoman got catty. haha.
Ricky Lo deserved it. The manny the movie guy interview was way better.

Tolerance people
Guest

Exactly. The penalty should go to Hathaway and NOT to Lo. The burden lies on Hathaway and if she has more finesse, she wouldn’t respond in such a way. I still say for Ricky Lo’s profile, he is pretty consistent regardless of the nationality or stature of the people he is interviewing.

Bill Steffen
Guest

Again your ignorance is shining. Shift the blame. You know, the more you post here the more folks are seeing just how ignorant you are. Diplomat my ass.

jcc
Guest

bill,

coming from a corrupt supreme court, i consider my suspension an honor not as a disgrace…

you had been emoting your being married to a lawyer.. indicative enough of your own inadeaquacy. stop using her skirt to to pad your own self-importance… get a life of your own…

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

You would rather look at whether Anne was being disrespectful or not, instead of whether the content of Ricky Lo’s questions made sense?

Typical Pinoy bakya behavior.

If Lo is being consistent you say, then perhaps he shouldn’t be. No one should assume that Pinoy celebrities will behave very similarly to foreign ones. It is the responsibility if the interviewer to do his homework.

Beth
Guest

i agree! Anne Hathaway is so full of herself! my god this woman is insufferable!

I don’t get why people are treating her as if she’s some immaculate holier-than-thou personality. She’s a celebrity and not every interview she does will be of people kissing her ass. I though she was rude, borderline racist even and just plain obnoxious.

Gogs
Member

Beth based on your comment here, Mr. Lo is flawless. All I see is criticsm of how you perceive Ms. Hathaway. Point missed. it does not matter who the subject is but Lo made the interview about himself and his KSP mentality. If AH is truly that bad, don’t watch her movies. If she is truly as bad as you say why bother sending this excuse of a journalist to interview her for a pinoy audience?

MidwayHaven
Guest

I can imagine TMZ interviewing her better.

jcc
Guest

why should the screw up of one or two tv personalities be taken as the representative of filipino mentality? —

tehot
Guest

because the questions asked by the interviewer are classic pinoy interview questions?

jcc
Guest

There are TV personalities that are good at their work, i.e., J. Soho, Taruc, Tina Munzon Palma, Angelo Castro, Carla David, and Mel Tiangco, just to mention a few… Why would Ricky Lo or for that matter, Abunda, be seen as model-representative of Pinoy bashing genre like you?

Americans do not consider Springer show the epitome of their culture.

Bill Steffen
Guest

So now the suspended lawyer can Speak for Americans? You are a case in point…..

tehot
Guest

Mel tiangco and sometimes soho also asks those stupid questions, by the way.
Why should they be representative? Because they are waaaaay more popular than 2 of the great interviewer you mentioned that I agree with you – tina palma and taruc

Jetlag807
Guest

Jerry Springer? Really? Number one; Springer is not a journalist. He is a talk show (freak show) host. Number two; if Springer was somehow invited to one of these press junkets, I doubt that even he would be so lacking in propriety to ask questions like Rick Lo!

jcc
Guest

bill steffen, hathaway is full of herself and she has reason to be, she is a celebrity… but you are full of yourself and you are not even one… 🙂

Bill Steffen
Guest

Geez jcc, you kinda sound full of yourself too. Pretty arrogant for a disgraced lawyer. If you don’t mind I would like to have my wife check on the particulars of your suspension. She is a real lawyer. Practicing and not suspended.

jcc
Guest

what is the connection of my being suspended as a lawyer got to do with my ability to read american temperaments? did you feel inferior because i know your compatriots more than you do? —

Bill Steffen
Guest
First, your suspension reflects your character. Second, you tried to shift the blame to the system being “unfair” to you. Those two, in concert drop your credibility to somewhere around a minus 2. And as far as you knowing my countrymen better than I do, is a total conviction of your character. As far as I am concerned you fall into the category of somewhere between a corrupt politician and an incompetent lawyer. Of course thats probably where you want to be.
Proud Pinoy
Guest

Bill,

Please leave JCC alone. JCC is a patriot who has done many great things for our country. What have you done?

And for the record, Lea Salonga is way more talented than Hathaway. This is the reason for Anne’s insecurity during the interview.

Bill Steffen
Guest

To answer your question about what I have done for your country: Back in the 70s I was on Jolo in defense of your country. So what’s your claim to fame?

VST
Guest

We got an expert historian, art critic and psychologist here.

>JCC is a patriot who has done many great things for our country
>Lea Salonga is way more talented than Hathaway
>This is the reason for Anne’s insecurity during the interview

Your words are gospel truth, Pastor.

Gogs
Member

@proudpinoy,

Troll harder. Anne Hathaway insecure about Lea Salonga?? Why go record that she admires someone she is insecure of? Ricky Lo is a nobody internationally. No idea why you would think a nobody mentioning the name of Lea would make Catwoman insecure? Again troll harder Fishball wannabe.

Beth
Guest

at Bill Steffen Apply cold water to BURN! haha

at jcc *thumbs up*

AVP
Guest

MidwayHaven…. BUT of course TMZ can do a better job interviewing her… hello.

MidwayHaven
Guest

Um…okay?

alconce
Guest

I aw the video earlier today. It looks like anne Hathaway felt she was being tricked to answer ridiculous questions being thrown at her. It was kinda rude of him. Well, what can we expect from a self appointed showbiz scribe who earns his living writing intriguing blind items worse than tsismis.

Henry Walowitz
Guest

Here’s another interview with the Filipino and this is way better than what Ricky Lo did. Guy should get notes from him, but then again, too late for him.

jcc
Guest

the video won’t work in my system, but if the interviewer is a filipino, why can’t u use her/him to represent filipinos having coming of age?

Ici
Guest

Because Ricky lo iS supposed is always sent to interview the a-listers

jcc
Guest

how about this benign0- why not use this interview as pinoys shedding of his ‘boondock’ culture? –

jack worraps
Guest

Well, who the hell mixed urine with wine?

Tolerance people
Guest
I think it was merely a matter of cultural difference. I’m not a fan of Ricky Lo but given that this is probably the first time he interviewed someone of this caliber, I think he did okay. It’s so easy for people to criticize when you are not in this position. Yes, he asked a personal question – that’s very Filipino. it’s a Filipino trait and we don’t necessarily have to condemn an entire culture just because we don’t ask questions like Americans do. I wouldn’t necessarily condemn him of incompetence just for that interview – he wasn’t that bad.… Read more »
Pierre D
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Ricky Lo?

johndoenymous@gmail.com
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johndoenymous@gmail.com

But in the end, it was about the Actor and the Film, not what the interviewer (or thinks what his audience) wants.

Plus, it was more fun, and Ricky Lo is the exact opposite of a fun interview (let’s be honest, the guy can be your stereotypically boring math teacher)

Tolerance people
Guest

And people, your criticism against Ricky Lo is very racist of Filipinos (typical crab mentality response on something so petty). The article above is not an objective criticism at all. It’s still tabloid. The writer above is more guilty than Ricky Lo of being cheap and shallow.

lester2k1
Guest

Sorry man, GetRealPhilippines is exactly what it means. Not for the onion-skinned. Bitter tasting medicine but this is exactly what this culture needs.

MidwayHaven
Guest

Filipinos are not a race.

jr
Guest

And what can you expect from a cheap journalist whose daily articles in Philstar are all about beauty contestants, showbiz chismis, and questions about the sizes of the male interviewees’ underwear probably giving him excitement & hints on the sizes of their genitalia.

Tolerance people
Guest

Lester2k1: Being rude and crass or advocating an abusive language is definitely not a value and I don’t see how any Filipino should take any value in that. Stooping down is not going to help Filipinos. Elevate pinoys (as your claimed objective) by showing that you people have class yourself in the way you phrase your arguments. There’s a way to criticize without being cheap about it. Indeed, Ricky Lo can be quite nasty but in this particularly interview, he was rather decent. You gotta give him that.

Vergil
Guest

“Stooping down is not going to help Filipinos.”

You’re missing the point. Actually, you have no idea how dysfunctional our culture is. Honestly speaking, “If someone makes fun or criticizes Filipinos, the latter takes it as an insult to their intelligence.”

Also, crab mentality is just a myth. If it wasn’t, it’s for crab people. Tastes like crab, walk like people. They have a tough shell but total softies on the inside, using emotional outbursts rather than logical thinking. Just like what you’re doing right now.

And yes, yours is onion. Deal with it.

Tolerance people
Guest

You are probably the one who doesn’t understand that your language and reasoning very much reflect the dysfunctional culture in this country. It is a pity how crass and unreasonable your criticisms are and you are not even aware of it. Be careful, you are becoming the person you loathe.

Vergil
Guest

Same to you. Because you’re totally missing the point. Also, you didn’t get what ‘onion’ means for Da Pinoy. I’m talking about ‘balat-sibuyas’, just like what you’re doing right now. Also, you’re arguments are all strawman.

And with the racist junk. There is no such thing as race. There is only ONE HUMAN RACE. The Human Genome Project said it.

TROLL harder.

Tolerance people
Guest

//They have a tough shell but total softies on the inside, using emotional outbursts rather than logical thinking. // Try some honesty and review if this statement make any logical sense. Just because it sounds like English, it doesn’t mean it is comprehensible.

boyzone
Guest

it’s called metaphors dimwit .

Tolerance people
Guest

Vergil: Just out of curiosity, when you say “Onion”, what do you understand of that metaphor? Onion as a metaphor is a positive term. It’s a metaphor used in qualitative research. It’s used in political satire to help an audience see their point through critical thinking. When I say, this is no Onion, I refer to this site, http://www.theonion.com/

Tolerance people
Guest

And your satire is not a work of genius either as your statements are too literal. This is no Onion. You need to work on your metaphors if your objective is too challenge Pinoys to rise intellectually.

Javert
Guest

We could also point out that Lo was so disrespectful when Anne was still answering a question and Lo continued asking question without letting the latter finish… What can be the excuse for that?… Hmmmm…

Tolerance people
Guest

As I’ve said, it’s merely a cultural difference. If you don’t know that about Pinoys coz you’ve lived out of the country for so long, then you should revisit the culture of your roots. Interrupting someone in the Philippines is not a sign of disrespect but over enthusiasm.

tehot
Guest

then it’s a cultural difference that needs to stop (and points for you for destroying jcc’s earlier statement hehe). we can’t have too many journalists who ask stupid questions in their interviews. buti sana kung tayo tayo lang. nakakahiya sa iba.

VST
Guest

No, you’re just being an apologist for Pinoy cultural dysfunction.

Also, the interview was not done in the Philippines, so why would you insist that Pinoy mores be in effect in this interview?

anass
Guest

So, does that mean foreign celebrities or people for that matter should research how the Filipino behave in an interview first, before they agree to be interviewed so that they won’t be offended when that sort of thing happens? Isn’t that the job of the interviewee?

anass
Guest

correction, the interviewer…sorry

Bill Steffen
Guest
What’s the big deal about Hathaway anyway? I’m an American and to me she is just another overpaid Hollywood Celebrity that’s does not live in the same world the rest of us do. If you cannot see that these “Celebrities” are so full of themselves then you are delusional. Here is a fact for you all. When celebrities take a crap they wipe their asses just like the poor man does. Theirs is a fantasy world. Ours is the real world.
Tolerance people
Guest

Bill: I was about to say that too. It’s a really petty matter and Anne Hathaway is no tiger. Why make such a big fuss over it?

Jetlag807
Guest
Its not just Rick Lo. I have seen far too many so-called journalists here in the Philippines totally ruin an otherwise thought provoking interview with foreign celebrities and public figures. In an interview with Nelson Mandela, this reporter, obviously way out of her league, began to ask questions about Mandela’s personal life, in particular, the recent marriage to his “younger” wife. Mandela responded to the reporter; “… you are far too young to be asking me such questions… I am the former President of South Africa and I am here to talk about…” (you get the idea). I recall one… Read more »
Tolerance people
Guest

I would be interested to see the video clip of that interview with Nelson Mandela and that American charity founder. Issues are case to case and it’s not a one size fits all. If you don’t support bandwagon mentality, then be consistent and refrain from enticing bandwagon reasoning. Be objective about it. I’m sure there’s more details you can draw from that interview without focusing on the petty matters. Exercise some tolerance my friend. I’m sure Nelson Mandela didn’t intent to give those comments in the same way you interpreted it.It’s all interpretation after all (subject to doubts).

Jetlag807
Guest
If you would like to see the Mandela interview, your are more than welcome to Google it. As to my interpretation of his response to the childish questions as if they were being asked by a giddy school girl, I will say this… If I was a current of former State Leader visiting a foreign country to promote a charity, I would find it offensive that one of the first three questions asked were to get information about my young newly-wed wife! That may be OK for Filipinos but I can assure you that is not OK for foreign dignitaries.… Read more »
Tolerance people
Guest
//I, like most (if not all) “Westerners”, have HIGHER STANDARDS. If you are happy with the low standards of your reporters and journalists then so be it. I would only hope that you reporters/journalists would exercise a little more common sense when they interview us.// Do you have any idea how “presumptuous” your statement is? By “high standards”, what is your baseline? Westerners having better standards? who comes to the Philippines and engage in pedophilia? Westerners. Who comes to the Philippines looking for a Filipina wife because they are submissive? Westerners. Come on, step down your high horse and refrain… Read more »
Bill Steffen
Guest
So you racism finally slips out. I am an American with a Filipina wife. She is far from being “submissive” as you like to say. She damn sure does not need my money because she has her own. Btw, I am not now, nor have I ever been a pedophile. You see to like to throw the words racism, and pedophile around at the drop of a hat. Kinda makes me think of the “Pot calling the kettle black”. You description of “westerners” shows your true colors. RACIST.
domo
Guest

Like I said before tolerance people, you just can’t tell the difference between racism and criticism. Your mindset is so elementary. Do me a favor and go back to that level. Andami mo pang kakaining bigas inutil dahil wala ka pa ring masyadong alam.

Veld io
Guest

Sometimes to deal with hollywood celebrities successfully,you need to leave that Filipinoness behind and adjust to Hollywood culture.Better yet get some tip from Charice.

alden
Guest

Maybe peopel like Tolerance People, just love the status qou rather than challenging it… he he he..

Jetlag807
Guest

You hit the nail right on the head!

Tolerance people
Guest

Jetlag: I probably got more credible “western” education than you and has engaged with “diplomats” more than you do. You are laughable. You don’t understand diplomacy any more than your knowledge about people and their culture. Your statements smack of ignorance.

Jetlag807
Guest
Judging from your comment about pedophiles, even though this is a discussion about the news media, I would have to conclude that you are wrong on both counts. However, I do not have to compare transcripts or how many Diplomats I have been in close contact with to prove my point. “Jetlag: I probably got more credible “western” education than you and has engaged with “diplomats” more than you do.”… I think you meant to say; ‘I probably HAVE more credible Western education than you and HAVE engaged with Diplomats…’ I suppose whatever institution of higher education you attended neglected… Read more »
Tolerance people
Guest

Ahh, why am I not surprised? The typical Pinoy who nitpick on grammar. It’s so obvious you have never been in a Western education. Even Americans themselves have bad grammar. It just goes to show how very little knowledge you have about different cultures and you claim to have “high western standards”?? hahaha. Presumptuous hypocrite.

Tolerance people
Guest

Just as a clue, I will continue to skew my grammar and care less about it, and see if you are incapable to get the substance of my logic despite the lack of grammatical perfection. It seems to me that you are getting the point of my argument by the way you respond but you can’t argue “the issue at hand” in the same capacity so you divert your attention on grammatical flaws. So typical Pinoy….you are as guilty as your pronouncements. You are hilarious.

Tolerance people
Guest

Correction: I mean you are a typical “racist” Pinoy as not all Pinoys are like you. More and more Pinoys are becoming less racist and less attached to idolatry on Western influences – more awareness of the humanity spectrum (regardless of where one is coming from).

Bill Steffen
Guest
Tolerance people is a fraud. You speak of something you have no knowledge of. Racism is rampant in every Country of the world. You are a typical liberal whiner and assume that you know what is best for others. I have been all over this world from north to south and east and west. My military career has put me nose to nose with racists of every form. I found that those that like to use the racist label the most are the biggest of all racists. Here’s a flash for you: Racisim has and always will exist in this… Read more »
Jetlag807
Guest
Have you ever heard the phrase “assumptions are the mother of all fuck-ups”? You ASSUME correcting your grammar is some sort of (Filipino) defense mechanism. You ASSUME I “very little knowledge” about different cultures. You ASSUME I have no “Western Education”. You ASSUME that I am a “Pinoy”… Well son, you better buckle-up! I am NOT Filipino. I am an American. I am a College Graduate. I am a Veteran. I am a world traveler (as a result of my current profession, military service and for pleasure). I have been to more countries on this planet than you can even… Read more »
Bill Steffen
Guest

Bwahahahahah. Looks like that one just opened a king size can of 807 Whoopass. Got your six bro…

jcc
Guest
Ninety per cent of the time, I have not agreed with Benign0, but I would not call him a racist. Tolerance people had raised very sensible points in his posts and his tenacity in trading barbs with the GRP people is admirable. I looked at Benign0 and his regular repertoire of bashing the Pinoys as crude and tasteless, but because I cannot ascribe ill-motive, I assumed that the framework of such crudity was to awaken the Pinoys of their inherent flaws in order to address them. There are two types of inspirational speakers: one that sees your hidden potential and… Read more »
Bill Steffen
Guest
I guess I can believe you have engaged with diplomats. What high minded Filipinos would like to believe is that they are engaging in Diplomacy. In reality it is more like hillbillies engaging in a game of checkers while the other side is playing a sophisticated chess game. No wonder the country is in the shape it’s in.
Tolerance people
Guest

There you go again with your bandwagon reasoning. You are more guilty of your own accusations than the people you accuse. Hypocrite.

domo
Guest

jon-asshole is that you?

Vergil
Guest

Uh, it seems the bigger hypocrite is the one ho made assumptions and goes playing victim. Isn’t that right?

Like Bill said, typical FRAUD.

Jetlag807
Guest
Having watched “Les Misérables” last night, I would like to offer an alternative direction the interview could have taken. In one of her responses, Anne Hathaway mentioned her research for the part. Particularly, researching the plight of women who are forced into prostitution. That response, for me, would have led to more questions on that subject since the performance of Hathaway was so powerful and thought provoking. Not to ask follow-up questions on the subject was a HUGE opportunity missed. Lea Salonga, Anne Hathaways’ weight loss (or gain) and “Trolls” on this thread notwithstanding; this is a very powerful movie… Read more »
Amir Al Bahr
Guest

I’m surprised though, that no one has yet called on Pinoys to declare Anne Hathaway persona non grata because she snapped at Ricky Lo. Haha.

Jetlag807
Guest

I’m sure one or more of the idiot congressmen will suggest just that…