The Philippine Media and Its Broken Sense of Morals

Thank you very much Kate Natividad for another enlightening article.

I also recommend you read one of the first articles I’ve written here at GRP about homosexuality and homophobia as well as one of my more recent pieces.

Please take note that I’m not writing this article to judge or condemn anyone. If anything, I am writing this article because I think that something needs to be said and done about the current state of our media if we are to continue to have a safe and sane society. I am an avid supporter of gay rights (despite what some readers may think) and I am quite happy for my family and friends who can now live together happily in the United States. I pray that one day, the Philippines can also come to accept LGBT people as full citizens and respect their right to love who they want to love.

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However, I am most certainly not supportive of Vice Ganda and his alleged “humor” as it is neither appropriate for public consumption nor has really anything beneficial to offer the common Filipino. At the end of the day, most of the comedy he claims to make is just crass and offensive humor that degrades other people’s appearance or intelligence. While I can agree that this kind of humor might be acceptable in a comedy bar with a small audience, it is not something that is meant for a nationwide audience, especially when there are children who could be easily influenced by his antics.

I have LGBT friends both online and in the real-world who are quick to prevent me from saying inappropriate things when in the presence of children such as the gruesome details of the latest Human Centipede film. Should you meet my real-world gay friends, you will probably be impressed with their professionalism and sophisticated wit. They are even fiercely against Vice Ganda’s brand of comedy which they claim only degrades other people’s dignity, leading to even more hatred towards the LGBT community.

The thing is, the central theme of comedy in the Philippines has degraded to the point that disrespect and degradation of others has become “funny”. One can also note that the theme of “love” in Pinoy media has been confused with teen lust and forbidden desire. While the MTRCB continues to claim that it endeavors to promote wholesome and informative shows, the fact that Vice Ganda and his immoral sense of humor continues to gain popularity further cements the notion that the MTRCB has no real clue on how to go about its business.

I have always believed the media all too often reflects the nature of the society it informs and entertains. If all our shows are essentially about degradation, humiliation, disrespect, sordid affairs and general immorality, I can only worry about the future generation of Filipinos who are exposed to this kind of mind-numbing entertainment. How many children have I seen talking to their elders the way Vice Ganda talks to people in a way that is both degrading and humiliating.

Remember people, I’ll say it again in case you missed it or forgot about it:

Respect begets respect.

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09Hayden0077716Toro
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We are, what we see in the Media…this is the reality of our civilization. This is the reason the Jewish Holocaust happened in Nazi Germany. It is because the Media was used for Nazi political propaganda.

If idiots like , Vice Ganda, continues to contribute his/her “idiotic remarks” and idiotic entertainments.And, the Whore, Kris Aquino, is the “Role Model” of the young.

It is no wonder, our values are distorted. We cannot disatinguish, what is Right and what is wrong. And the Filipino youths are confused…

Garbage in; Garbage out…

Apprentice
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Then we can solve the problem by using the media to educate n inform the people in all aspects…n not only stop there…once we somehow gain momentum…we shall evolve our tactics…and awaken all the Filipinos…so for those aspiring to be people w/ jobs involving media n wants to progress this nation…your ideas and initiatives are the key…so lets all do our duty my fellow youth…and awaken our potential…lets all organize ourselves and make “something” Like new Noli me tangere and El Fili…but w/ a 21st century twist…all about true situation of this philippines…or continue w/ Ibarra’s timeline…what happened after El… Read more »
Pearl V
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I strongly agree!

But

“While the MTRCB, whom is also run by presidential candidate Grace Poe,”

Ms Grace Poe once chaired the MTRCB but at the moment she is a senator and not in any way connected with MTRCB.

Naman… mag-verify konti

Ebola Ray
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HA, Vice Ganda was in Ft. Lauderdale,Fl. recently and played a sold out show to ,IDK who, but it is funny that the poster boy for confused Gender Identity gets to be the most apt picture to go along with the title of this essay, HA !!!!

Lily
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The best option is for government sponsored networks that offer quality shows that are cultural, informative, reflective, relevant, educational, and significant to the Filipino people. Public Broadcasting in US is partly government & private subsidized. It is a good system to emulate. Targeting popular characters may not yield positive results. Giving choices will. What television shows can schools really refer their students to? Are there any documentary listings that are worth reviewing?? DepEd has a big role in this.

Apprentice
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that’s what were about to do…but to attract the people we must target popular characters modify them to affect their hearts make them like true humans…has choices and have feelings too but the characters in Rizal’s Noli and El fili are already like that so lets modify or evolve it in the 21st century…and we must use them simply because..their popular…and are more familiar…if we succeed in inspiring them to make choices through those characters…then boom!!! 🙂

d_forsaken
Guest

I didn’t ask anyone to make me a poster boy, because poster boys (Jose Marie Borja Viceral aka Vice Ganda included) always end up on dart boards.

brolouie
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the bone of contention here is wether we allow ourselves to be used by the media magnates and business men to be used for their own sake. the pinoys have been fed with all silly and unrealistic information through the media. the people have been bribed to believe that there’s nothing better than what this moguls have been feeding them. the artist and players have allowed themselves to be used to act like fools and puppets for their own good. unless people stop their fixations on the media hypocrosies watching idiotic pinoy programs in tvs and movies, pinas will forever… Read more »
zaxx
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I say we fix the internet bandwidth / speed issue in the Phil so people can have a choice in watching content they really want. YouTube is more educational and intellectually satisfying to watch than many cheap tv shows that lead you nowhere.

Opo
Guest

You have a good point, but I don’t think you’re aware Youtube has a lot of erotic/pornographic-ish videos that are technically not suited for kids. Yes it might be educational but without guidance and by the help of their curiosity, you can’t control your child from watching it accidentally. So think about it for now or take the risk in the future.

Confucious
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I have been living in the philippines for about 10 months now. I have my wife translating for me most of the times. I have been amazed by this nations confused state of mind here. You apparently have a huge gay population and some parents really encourage their kids from a young age to pursuit their sexuality if they show signs of being gay in thinking that they might become famous like vice ganda. But they oppose gay rights based on their religious belief,what a bunch of confused hypocrites. You cannot serve two masters people. You people are living in… Read more »
Ebola Ray
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it is a sight to behold isn’t it, WTF is goin on in this hell-hole, ‘Holy Shit…’, said the surprised visitor.

bimbo
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as a filipino am nonetheless was a bit offended by your statements. However it made me realized that we must wake the hell up on many of my country’s bunch of confused hypocrites

jenny gugma
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This is so true.,parents laugh pa when their own kids copy vice gandas edi wow.,even if its already a sign that the kids are disrespecting their elders.thats why i dont let my kid watch t.v.,when kids nowadays are trying to be sassy but end up being disrespectful it is quite sad.,then parents will realize it only when its to late

Gege Lang
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Ganyan tayong mga pinoy eh. Binibigyan natin ng pansin yung mga ganitong bagay, pero pag mga foreign things ayus lang? Narinig ko sa lyrics nung isang kanta: “pero pag english na rapper ang nag mura ay gusto nyo, talagang ipokreto ang ibang pilipino na sarado ang isipan kaya walang asenso” – Don’t take things seriously, it’s just a joke. And one posted: “YouTube is more educational and intellectually satisfying to watch than many cheap tv shows that lead you nowhere.” Yeah, talk about this famous songs, that has words not suited for children. If mali talaga yung way ni Vice… Read more »
Mark
Guest

Gege lang tanong lang what if someone insulted u and lhat ng tao tumawa and the person who insulted you said joke lang un ano kba … Comedy parin ba un …paki sagot nlang po

imada
Guest

depende kung.. nasa comedy bar kayo? ..kung kaibigan mo siya? ..kung kainuman mo siya? ..kung wala kang galit sa kanya? kung galit naman siya sa u? at kung seryoso kang tao na lahat ay pinuprublema mo.. nasa sa atin na naman kung paanu mo mapapaliwanag sa kanya na nakakasakit na siya ng feelings ng iba. don’t add insult to injury kung alam mo na mali talaga better kausapin mo siya.

Angelica Hopes
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I like to focus on your particular line: “The thing is, the central theme of comedy in the Philippines has degraded to the point that disrespect and degradation of others has become “funny”.” Even in the past, when I was growing up, being often bullied in school, for MANY Filipinos, they use insulting jokes, disrespectful jokes and bullying jokes as a free ticket to hurt someone they hate, someone they are jealous and someone they want to put down. Those who do this find satisfaction to see the reactions of the subject of their offensive tirades. Psychologically speaking, there is… Read more »
Galvin Guy Heyres
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Hahaha… This is hypocrisy at its finest. It sounds like an anti-Vice Ganda campaign. You cannot just blame everything to the celebrities or media. Get real!

domo
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Says the failipino who knows nothing about vice ganda’s mediocrity. I bet cheap and offensive jokes are acceptable to you because you’re stupid.

Joey JoJo
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Hahaha… you’re missing the point and you’re a TROLL.

So you should get real, son. Because you just went FULL RETARD with what you wrote!

Yani
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People who are judgemental are hypocrites, maraming hang ups sa buhay, bitter, envious and insecure. Who are you to judge people? Are you a Christian? Do you have God? Do you ever pray? You are a typical ‘banal na aso santong kabayo’. Be humane. Treat people with utmost respect, without discrimination. If there are some people you don’t like, just keep it to yourself, because for all you know you’re much much worse than the people you hate. You are not God, you are not perfect, you have dark secrets, that’s why you hate people who are honest and have… Read more »
The World
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I am a Christian, but the Lord is utterly embarrassed and disappointed on what you are doing. In other words, your dwelling on your own ignorance.

Troll on somewhere else, hypocritical douche. -_-

domo
Guest

What about you katoliban who behaves like a crusade from the middle ages killing those who don’t believe in their religion? Did you even give a damn about those sexy ladies dancing in noontime shows? Hell did you even give a damn about lots of minors as paid fuckers of old foreign perverts?
God Himself is facepalming at your self-righteous bigotry you retarded damaso! It’s very obvious that you never practice what you preach because you’re all pray but not spiritual.

detarte
Guest

do you know comedians like Jon Stewart, Jon Oliver, jimmy kimmel, amy poehler and etc? They use wit and sarcasm a lot in their craft, they can make their audience laugh without doing what vice ganda and others comedians here in ph, the lack of creativity is driving the likes of vice ganda to go for comedic insults of people because its fast and it cater to filipinos who wants cheap jokes.

Mark
Guest

This is exactly the mentality of a typical low IQ Pinoy. Their favorite tagine: “bakit, perpekto ka ba?”. So stupid.

CCC
Guest
It is not bitterness, tagalugin natin para maintindihan ng mga Pilipino. Ang pagpapatawa ni vice ganda, sa totoo lang ay maghahanap siya ng malalait sa mga contestants or audience, yun na yun. Bilang isang tao na madalas nalalait, maiintindihan mo na walang choice ung nilalait sa t.v. kundi tumawa, kasi malamng pag nag-react at nagsabi na na-ooffend siya, tatawagin siyang killjoy at pikon. Ngayon, maaaring o.k. lng sa t.v kasi maaring nagpauna na si vice ganda na ganun ang gagawin niya. Eh mapapanood ng mga tao, at maaring gayahin at saan sila kukuha ng bibiktimahin na lalaitin, eh di sa… Read more »
Meme
Guest

Oa naman ito. Kung concerned ka sa anak mo na baka mamisinterpret ang mga ‘degrading’ jokes edi wag mo papanoorin ng palabas niya. Kayraming ibang channels diyan. These type of comedies and themes has been going on for a long time and not just here in Philippines so don’t blame them to what’s going on to this countries.

domo
Guest

You see, that’s just the thing. Those pinoy parents are very irresponsible for letting their children watch those shows that are not for them. And puhleaze, your bandwagoning of other countries’ faults is a moron’s excuse.

zaxx
Member
@Meme. Mind if I correct the grammar? … “These types of comedy have been going on for a long time and not just here in the Philippines; so don’t blame them on what’s going on in this country. Lesson #1. Subject – verb agreement. If you have a plural subject (more than 1 thing/person), then a plural verb must be used. e.g.: Flowers HAVE (not Flowers HAS). Lesson 2. Use of articles. “THE Philippines” needs the article THE before the country name. Actually, I usually joke around that the greatest nations in the world have an article THE in front… Read more »
youshouldn'tofcomehere
Guest
youshouldn'tofcomehere

Hm… Ano kayang gustong patunayan nito sa pagko-correct niya ng grammar, hm…

Apprentice
Guest

hehe, nakakahiya kasi pag iba nagcorrect sakin kaya ako nlngXD

andrew
Guest

wag ka mahiya kung may mali ka sa grammar. kahit ako may mali din. hindi tayo native english speakers.

pero eto lang i-share ko. turo samin ng british-filipino teacher. he calls it the transliteration of pinoys.

1. fall in line – wrong
stand in line – correct

2. eat-all-you-can – wrong (he said, “so if you can eat the chairs then you’ll eat it as well?”)
all-you-can-eat – correct

Codegray
Guest

Ang lungkot siguro ng buhay nitong writer nito. Wawa naman. Get some life!!! 🙂

nagtatanong_lang
Guest

another failed point misser..go for the messenger and never mind the message..mahirap ba intindihin? if you can’t get the real context of the message wag na mag comment at nakakabanas…mas mabuti pa ang bobo kasi talagang walang alam…pero ang stupido, may alam pero di ginagamit ang utak..

bobong_kababayan
Guest

we learn and gain wisdom thru COMMUNICATION. and its (communication) main objective is to relay important messages, information and ideas that needs to be conveyed may it be verbal or non verbal. Intelligent people listens, and stupid like you talks without even thinking. how dumb could you be dumb if you only idolize the messenger and overlook the message/idea. MORON.

andrew
Guest

right. here in GRP, we practice collaborative learning.

bobong_kababayan
Guest

kung sa pagiging malungkot ay makakapag produce ka ng isang makabuluhang bagay at makakapansin ka ng mga di kanaisnais na mga pangyayari na sa mata ng madla ay tama dahil sa ito’y nakagisnan na, gugustuhin ko nalang maging malungkot. ikaw CODEGRAY masaya ba buhay mo? ano na nagawa mong makabuluhan?

The World
Guest

If someone should get some life, it’s YOU, son. And your lack of intelligence is showing it. 😛

domo
Guest

At ang bobo naman ng isip mo dahil puro nakakabobong palabas lang ang laman ng utak mo. Mag-aral ka nga inutil dahil halatang wala kang alam!

PatLas
Guest

MTRCB is headed by Atty. Toto Villareal, not Grace Poe.

cioma
Guest

Don’t worry not everybody like Vice Ganda. Lilipas din yan hindis siya forever.

kimay
Guest

The nonsense humorous expressions such as “edi wow”, “boom karakakak” and many others are way too mainstream and it may degrade our standard of choosing a right word to express in an appropriate manner. Sometimes, I can tell that Vice Ganda is a person with good spontaneity but a sort of critic with matching hostility that hurt our fellowmen’s integrity. Therefore I hate his enticing comedy performance about degrading others’ physical appearance and discriminating line of thinking.

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