One Man’s Poison Is Another Man’s Royal Wedding

 

Mass media knows what you want manipulates you by giving you what you want.
Mass media knows what you want manipulates you by giving you what you want.

This is television, that’s all it is. It has nothing to do with people, it’s to do with ratings! For fifty years, we’ve told them what to eat, what to drink, what to wear… for Christ’s sake, Ben, don’t you understand? Americans love television. They wean their kids on it. Listen. They love game shows, they love wrestling, they love sports and violence. So what do we do? We give ’em *what they want*! We’re number one, Ben, that’s all that counts, believe me. I’ve been in the business for thirty years.

Damon Killian in the Running Man

 

I finally have an angle on this obnoxious wedding. Read anything I ever wrote about pinoy culture whether it’s politics or entertainment. Anything you see is a reflection of what the audience wants . The wedding was not about a joyful union for friends and family. It was about self promotion and epal. Noontime television is what it is because people watch . Simple as that. People love that stuff. The dancing, the singing  and the jokes . It represents their ideals , aspirations and values . Makes you well up deep inside with Pinoy Pride don’t it?

 

Who cares about lost lives?? We have some superficial show biz event with some perverse perception of a "best man".
Who cares about lost lives?? We have some superficial show biz event with some perverse perception of a “best man”.

This wedding causes the stir it does for the simple reason that it fascinates people. When you fascinate a lot of people there is money to be made. I could care less about getting facts straight when it comes to pinoy showbiz weddings. I am just here to justify an alternate point of view and just maybe attract readers who like to think. If things are happening it might be good to ask why they are happening and who is making them happen. Let’s take a high profile pinoy wedding from years gone by: Assunta de Rossi married an unassuming gentleman who by all indications is a model husband. That was a spectacle apparently. Was it a made for television event ? Were the wedding expenses perhaps subsidized by the fact that it was a made for TV event? These are things that might factor in when trying to make sense of the whole thing.

 

Historically High Profile Weddings are for the KSP and those willing to provide the attention to the KSP.
Historically High Profile Weddings are for the KSP and those willing to provide the attention to the KSP.

One man’s poison is another man’s bacon.

Kermit the Frog shortly before he gets pulverized by Miss Piggy

Pinoy showbizness is essentially baduy people producing content that entices baduy people. Content that is ignored by the rest of this world in this age of globalization. The pinoy artista is just as globally relevant as pinoy basketball and pinoy cuisine. If you are not an OFW then there is no relevance.

 

Tolentino in charge of both slow moving traffic in Manila as well as forcing Pinoy movies down the throats of vacationing people during the month of December.
Tolentino in charge of both slow moving traffic in Manila as well as forcing Pinoy movies down the throats of vacationing people during the month of December.

This is just commentary on what is there. What is there is moronic. Reality is a reflection of the community’s values . Which is tragically institutions like ABS CBN and the Metro Manila Film Festival. Does anybody else find it weird that the spokesperson who everybody blames for the lousiest traffic jams in the world is the same spokesperson for the lousiest films in the world??  Francis Tolentino, proves his versatility by overseeing two aspects of this country no other place cares to emulate.

 

Low standards for entertainment translates to low standards in the ballot box.
Low standards for entertainment translates to low standards in the ballot box.

Whether its local television , the Metro Manila Film Festival or the elected politicians the Philippines is not exactly a breeding ground for MENSA members. In order to get noticed and to win the hearts (and the wallets) of the local population the message has always been clear: never overestimate the discretion and cerebral faculties of the audience you are trying to reach. Whether it be ratings, box office receipts or votes. The culture is dumb and the fools that keep it all going could care less. Those same fools hate GRP because of Colonel Jessup’s immortal words.

 

The least qualified gets to be president. Consequences of an easily amused public.
The least qualified gets to be president. Consequences of an easily amused public.

The intense  interest in this wedding and the subsequent venom directed at anyone questioning it says something about us. Just like when Noynoy was elected in 2010 , the people have spoken and the people are dumb.

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Putting a very sharp needle into the balloon known as Pinoy Pride since 2012.

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Jmac
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It’s the biggest most extravagant publicity and marketing stunt ever pulled on Philippine television by a major television network, involving no less than the country’s head of state itself.

It is so irritating to see nimrods spout their usual mindless tripe

“Pera nila yun pinaghirapan”,
“dream wedding nila yum”,
“inggit lang kayo!”
etc.

yet fail to see the event for what it really is, a marketing gimmick, a publicity stunt, an investment and money-making scheme to boost ratings and revenue in the long-run.

Ang bababaw.

Jmac
Guest

I didn’t even expect this issue to garner so much public reaction. The GRP does its usual thing on providing social commentary and criticism on whatever current event comes along. But the reactions were indeed resounding.

Ganoon ba ka passionate mga Pilipino sa mga iniidolo nilang celebrities? Why in the hell can’t they showcase the same passion when it comes to issues that truly matter and truly concerns their future and well-being?

Again, ang bababaw talaga.

Dick
Guest

I’ve been reading and commenting here for some time now and when I saw 1,000+ comments on Ilda’s post I couldn’t believe it.

Most missed the issue entirely, letting things boil down to “inggit”. Seems that Ilda sorely overestimated the intelligence of the couple’s fandom and underestimated their “rabidness” – frothing at the mouth over any [perceived] insult against their idols. Any public figure is supposed to expect criticism for whatever they do. I think it is the fandom that was more affected by the article than the actual participants.

Jmac
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It irked me a lot, but then I should’ve expected it and not reacted with such disdain. Fan behavior is usually like that. They take any affront to their idols rabidly. As passionate as it is stupid.

But then again, they would never wake up from their stupor if they are always treated gently.

Pallacertus
Guest
Blah, blah, blah, it’s commercialized, blah blah blah, extravagant, blah blah blah, publicity stunt, blah blah blah. It’s all that, yes, but do tell someone who’s never had a problem (overt, covert, blatant, insidious, whatever) with extravagant commercialized publicity stunts from birth, indeed seeing it as a side effect (what? too strong?) of capitalism colliding with democracy — what’s wrong with it (“it” being publicity stunts in general and the “royal” wedding in particular)? Because unless one asserts that all commercial products are devoid of cultural or some other palatable value (which is something you would have to be culturally… Read more »
Jane Doe
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To be honest, I don’t get why these fans defend their idol. It’s not like their idol will thank them for defending him/her. They’re not gonna care anyways.

Grumpy Citizen
Guest
If this was all marketing for ABS-CBN, then it was a good business move for them. I wonder how much they made from it? What was the ROI? Who knows, but it certainly caught a lot of attention. Not by me. Don’t even know who this couple is, at least until the press coverage of it took place. And I gagged. It’s not like it was any royalty I cared about. Just some tasteless display of wealth, and some very, very insecure egos. I will however say this: the press gobbled it up, and shoved it down our throats, and… Read more »
Jmac
Guest

This was a marketing stunt by GMA, but you make some valid points.

Bakeks
Guest

PDI, what a very nice placement. I see what you did there.

Most Pinoys need an a brain reboot (ergo, electrocution therapy) and train them to think critically. Otherwise, one cannot reason with someone who is living exclusively in their own version of fantasy.

ChinoF
Member

It’s as if Aquino is trying to Marian away, but Dingdong is mad about it. hehe

Raphael
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JP Acelajado
Guest
This is too much, you are posting too much about the wedding and it defeats the purpose. You can’t blame the couple for our country’s poverty because you can’t stop poverty. I am not an advocate nor a fan of these power couple, but I don’t see anything bad about the wedding because: – GMA can use it as a marketing tool to advertise their sponsors, especially the ones endorsed by Dingdong and Marian. – The president’s involvement in the wedding may not affect our economy. – The couple used their hard-earned money to make the wedding happen, which I… Read more »
Jmac
Guest

I’m more inclined to believe GMA bore the brunt of the expenses. I always see people claim the couple shouldered all the expenses from their savings.

Ilda
Admin
What’s it to you if other people want to write and analyse the event? The couple used their hard-earned money to make the wedding happen, which I think 2 years worth of savings? First, there’s information going around that GMA spent 100 million for the wedding. If true, that means the couple didn’t spend for the wedding. So therefore, their fans can’t keep using the defence that “they paid for it using their hard earned money”. Even if it’s not true and the couple did spend their own money, I personally do not want regular Filipinos emulating this kind of… Read more »
justined
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Power couple? Maybe you meant product? Managed by brand managers to ensure they continue to make money for the corporation? One thing I hate when I visit youtube, when you have your default location set to Philippines, recommended vids upon landing will typically be: 1) kris’ latest scandal, 2) vice’s latest boo boo, 3) marian’s latest brawl, 4) charice and other kabakyaan. I’m Filipino too! But I can’t afford to waste time on dumb shows! Show me something else! I’m sure these recommendations come from some algorithm. Meaning – these are the actual highest search queries coming from the Phils.… Read more »
pleb
Guest

Well, nothing is more despicable than the excessive coverage of abs cbn on Rico Yan’s death. This wedding is of course just a mere manifestation of how network wars have deteriorated. We consume them with gusto. A rather unfortunate vicious cycle.

Alalayko
Guest

Gimmicks = Ratings , GMA vs ABS-CBN = WHO CARES!

T
Guest

Yeah, thank Christ for the internet (eg youtube, netflix) i’d rather watch pewdiepie play video games all day long rather than this bullshit.

ChinoF
Member

KSP propaganda and media content is for the KSP, Very true.

mimi
Guest

We are all critics here. I assume the author of this blog can become a good public official or even a president. Your good in pointing out what’s wrong in our country.

tomas
Guest

hopefully the little banter with grp will at least have an inception-like (for the better) effect to first time visitors who came with guns a-blazing and emotions overriding their sensibilities.

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