Well, there goes the neighborhood ladies and gentlemen. It seems that everyone is having a heyday over Manny Pacquiao’s recent comments about his stance on same-sex marriage and his apparent insult towards the LGBT community by comparing them to animals and implying that they may well be worse. The LGBT community reacted accordingly and as one can easily deduce, few of them were pleased with the boxing champion and senatorial candidate’s statements. Indeed, there are even those who are asking me and quite a few others who would I side with, Manny Pacquiao or Vice Ganda?
To be honest, ladies and gentlemen, answering that question feels almost unfair as I am clearly displeased with both. I will go as far as to say that Manny Pacquiao has a right to his beliefs but did not have to resort to such a derogatory choice of words. Also, despite not being gay, I kind of understand how Vice Ganda must feel but do note that he too resorts to a derogatory form of comedy from time to time and, if I remember correctly, also made fun of Manny Pacquiao and his family in the past, specifically targeting their appearances and their accents. If there’s anyone in this hullabaloo I do respect, it’s probably Boy Abunda even if I hate his co-host to unbelievable levels.
Anyway, before this firestorm of hysteria finally goes out of hand (and I think it actually has), if you’re looking for someone to blame for all of this, the answer is that it is the local media and the people who happily eat up the garbage that it churns out on a regular basis. Look, like I said, I neither like Manny Pacquiao and his fellow celebrity politicians like Tito Sotto and, quite possibly, Alma Moreno nor am I particularly fond of Vice Ganda and those who support his sometimes cruel sense of humor. However, the only reason we’re going nuts about Manny Pacquiao and his homophobic statements now is because we voted him into a position of power and influence. We placed him in a vaunted position and placed upon him the title and duties of being a lawmaker which, considering his frequent absences, he cares little for if not at all.
Ladies and gentlemen, even now this same form of madness continues as Tito Sotto seems to have gotten into the lead thanks to the popularity of AlDub. And no, don’t deny it, I’m betting that if Vice Ganda runs for a given political position, some of you bozos out there will surely vote for him. We keep putting popular people into powerful positions because of our erroneous belief in the idea that popularity translates to competency. Many of us think that just because a person is famous, he or she can be trusted with the complex and critical duty of making laws and running our country.
So if anyone here is worse than animals it’s you people who worship celebrities and hand them everything, including perhaps your virginity, on a silver platter. It’s you people who keep thinking that the heroes in our local films are heroes in real life and can be trusted with handling the intricacies of governing a nation even though they often have no idea what they’re talking about such as seeming to think that keeping the lights on when having sex is an effective way of preventing pregnancy and the spread of STDs. It’s you guys who are all too willing to sell out your countrymen for a measly amount of money or cheap freebies they probably bought with your tax money.
Please ladies and gentlemen, start thinking of your children and the kind of country they’re going to be born into. In all honesty, would we even be having the kind of hysteria we’re having now if no one voted for Manny Pacquiao into congress? Well, perhaps he’d still be bigoted but at least he’d be better able to focus on his boxing career and philanthropy rather than being a nuisance in congress. Still, as some of the authors here state, he’ll still probably make it into the senate thanks to the stupidity of our foolish countrymen. Indeed, if a total loser like Noynoy Aquino made it into the exalted position of being president of the Philippines, why can’t a brain-damaged boxer become our 17th president.
But hey, who am I even talking about after all?
We’re talking about the people who, as long as they got stuff like AlDub, they don’t care about the Lumads who are being brutally slaughtered simply because they’re not as popular or good-looking as their favorite couple on TV. We’re talking about the people who love Manny Pacquiao fighting for the country’s honor even as the Chinese military continue to occupy more and more of our western islands and are allegedly bringing over powerful weapons to secure their hold on what once rightfully belonged to our people. We’re talking about the people who care more about Kris Aquino’s sordid sex life even though terrorists maintain a strong foothold in Mindanao and continue to terrorize the local populace and slaughter authorities with utter and total impunity. We’re talking about the people who go as far as to say “We’re happy being stupid!” but cry bloody murder when selfish and indifferent politicians deny them their rights.
I’m sure some or many of you feel insulted now and I really don’t care anymore because you have no one else to blame but yourselves for the miserable state that the Philippines is in. When the Philippines finally descends into a state of brutal dystopia, you know who to thank ladies and gentlemen. It’s you and that miserable collection of immoral and self-entitled idiots you call your media idols that you worship as living gods.
So a round of applause for you Bobotantes for willingly swallowing every scrap of the manure spoonfed to you by our wonderful media and dooming our nation for generations to come!
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
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