WTF! Pinoy Immorality On Wattpad?

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I never thought it would come to this ladies and gentlemen. I thought maybe, just maybe, there were at least enough Filipinos out there with some decency left in their hearts and souls. I thought that, maybe if some of them did vote for Manny Pacquiao, they would have enough good sense to know the difference between right and wrong. Unfortunately, once again, I find myself corrected. Once again, I find myself realizing just what kind of people I’m trying to address here. With great contempt and disgust, I find myself writing this rant because it seems the Filipino people, especially the youths, are now utterly doomed.

There was this recent incident that involved a certain Wattpad story about young lovers. In one comment, a male someone (I don’t know who they are and, whoever they may be, they can be thankful for that), aged 24, confessed that they had had a relationship with their 14-year-old cousin, impregnated said cousin and stated that they were still going strong with said cousin. Said anonymous male made mention of the fact that he was inspired by the story he had read and was glad that there were people out there who could understand him and his situation. It was then that a young woman, Rexie Robles Tamayo, decided to react to said comment and pointed out how wrong it seemed.

What followed was that many fans of the Wattpad story in question as well as other Wattpad readers misinterpreting Ms. Tamayo’s reaction and stepping in to criticize the poor woman who, while wrong in some aspects, certainly had a point. Like rabid dogs, the Wattpad fans attacked her personally and mercilessly without even sensing the underlying wrongness that Ms. Tamayo was trying to point to. They reacted to a perceived slight but otherwise failed to notice the more sinister element that was right under their nose the whole time.

Ah, Wattpad. It’s a free online publishing website. You can write your own stories and have them published there. Since it’s also free, just about anyone can publish on Wattpad and many of our youths are quite enthusiastic at having their works posted there. This is where the stories of the films She’s Dating the GangsterDiary ng Isang Pangit and She’s in Love with the DotA Player come from and while not every story on Wattpad is horrible, I’m beginning to really worry about what’s happening with the youth of today.

Now look, don’t get me wrong, I write on Wattpad too. I also believe that, since it’s free, everyone’s free to write anything they want there. Heck, I’m willing to admit that a lot of the works posted there may seem nonsensical to the casual reader. Unfortunately, bad writing isn’t the only reason I’m calling out Wattpad and the way Pinoy readers and filmmakers have become fixated with its contents.

Themes of Immorality

Look, this is what actually validates Ms. Tamayo’s argument in the matter.

The thing is, sexual relations between a 23-year-old and a 14-year-old (the age of a minor, mind you) is still clearly illegal. Sexual relations between an adult and a minor is considered a form of child molestation or corruption of minor and should not be tolerated regardless of how innocuous the two involved may think of it. More likely than not, the couple may even think that what they have is true love but, knowing from experience, what they’re perceiving in themselves is probably just teen lust.

But that’s not the worst part.

The worst part here is that Wattpad is viewed and read from by young readers on a regular basis. Stories that normalize the idea of an adult having sexual relations with a minor can be considered a form of corruption in and of itself. I suppose the author of the story mentioned above probably didn’t intend his or her work to be outright immoral but its underlying effect will certainly have some influence on the minor readers of Wattpad. This will make them easy targets of sexual predators both online and offline.

And where the heck are the Wattpad authorities? Implying sexual content between adults and minors is illegal on the site or any legitimate website or online group. If it was my gaming community, I would’ve been kicked out and reported to the authorities already!

Misguided Thinking

Another problem with many Wattpad stories being adapted to films and TV shows today is that they espouse the same fairy-tale mindset that has, time and time again, sabotaged our very culture and poisoned the minds of our youths. In the end, they only encourage youths to be irresponsible and breed like rabbits because, according to their themes, “everything will work themselves out” so why should they worry about the consequences of their actions?

In real life, we can’t all be Daniel Padilla and Katherine Bernardo. In real life, we have to deal with crap like poverty, disease, overpopulation and making sure our children can get a good education so they don’t end up like us. In real life, singing stupid songs like Na sa’yo Na ang Lahat won’t be enough to deal with the very real threat of political tyranny, desperate unemployment and general human cruelty.

Lack of Creativity

Actually, this is a personal issue but I might as well mention it while I’m at it. Look, I’m a struggling writer too and, like I said, I post stories there too. Unfortunately, are Wattpad stories the only thing local filmmakers can draw their ideas from? And of all the stories they can find there, why only adapt the cheesy and often misleading love stories instead of some of the few better horror stories that I’ve managed to read there? I mean, honestly, is this all our filmmakers can come up with for Heaven’s sake?

I can only lament at what the idea of a good story has become for the common Filipino. What happened to the works written by Jose Rizal and Luwalhati Bautista? There’s nothing wrong with cheesy romances as they tend to be everywhere today anyway but they’re surely not the only thing worth adapting. Are they?

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SDKs
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Haaaay, one of the effects of corruption (dumbing down the people, the youth) which is just one of the consequences of oligarchy… of corporatocracy…

Bad Jam Will
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Sad to say filmkakers know it. They know what is wrong what is not. Morality, legality issues are not on their agenda. Filmaking is mostly about business. They wont make a movie that will not guarantee their profits!

SDKs
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With the possibility of People’s Television, i hope abs and gma step up their acts instead of fighting it. Kalandian, kabobohan, at mediocrity ang priority nila. Where is their social responsibility? Having a program that donates to the poor is not enough. I miss Channel 9, Harry Gasser et al. Can they please bring English news reporting back?

1111Hyden007Toro78987.99
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Mr. Grimwald maybe writing on the “Wattpad” too. It is free pornography. Anybody can just write a sleazy sex story. Then, put some sexual action in it; with outrageous theme…you don’t need to buy porn. Pornography writers will be driven, out of business.

If our country does not have Telebasuras…we are now having : Wattpad…to dumb down us further…

This is now a dumb down country. Populated by dumb down people !

Dave
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Efforts are already being made by the desperately progressive to normalize pedophilia in the West – see Salon.com’s ‘I’m a pedophile, not a monster.’

Bad news for the Philippines if it loses that valuable tourism stream.

Aeta
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Dave,

If it wasn’t for the human trafficking industry (sex trade), the Failippines wouldn’t lose more than half of its tourism market. This country is the Dirty Old Man’s paradise. Everything is for sale in this country.

Aeta

Biggs Darklighter
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Well to be fair about topics related to obscene stories/themes that’s readily available to ALL members of society,cheap porno rags and pirated DVDs are on the same level of accessibility as your WATTPAD story. Even if that material is free on the internet, the internet connection itself costs something. It cannot be contained. Hell, even Rappler is into porno disguised as “intelligent risque” crap. That’s why things like that found on Wattpad do not shock me. Anyone with a mobile device can come across something lewd and obscene even if the person is not actively looking for it. So no,… Read more »
d_forsaken
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The best comedy on earth shows up when an immoral person talks about the morals!

Dusk
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I believe Pedophilia and other mental disorder is not considered as a sickness in the Philippines. Although I’m starting to see some institution for it.

Like having a depression is just considered as a fad, a temporary feeling of sadness which is supposed to be considered as a serious illness.

Mental health should really be a concern soon. If not, this country will have a population of people with their brains not functioning properly.

Manang Mambobola
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Corruption of minor and incest being normalized. It’s a scary world that we live in now.

BCTY
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just did a quick google search of “wattpad incest” to try to look for the conversation talked about in this article. I didn’t find it but… WTF. They have plenty of incest stories on wattpad. Well, they have pedophile stories too.

solelypurple
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It’s not just wattpad. Internet browsing itself is dangerous for kids. EVERYTHING could be looked up easily. It’s unwise to entirely depend on the regulation of websites with regards to its contents. Heck, even facebook, instragram, TWITTER, and other social networking sites would often have malicious materials. Nasty post could reach thousands of kids around the world and it would take uncertain amount of time before site admins can take it down. It is then the responsibility of the parents and/or guardians to control of how much time and to regulate of what sites their kids can utilize.

Eleven
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This begs for another question: Where are you? Each WattPad story has a ‘report button’, and it’s there for a good reason. What are you doing here, asking rhetorical questions like ‘where are the WattPad authorities’ instead of calling them to take action? And while we’re at it, why aren’t you telling others to press that button too? Why are you here when you could be rallying them, getting them together and telling them to flood the staff with violation reports? It’s everyone’s responsibility, you know. The staff, you, me – we all have means to combat this, and we… Read more »
Mystique Girl
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I’m a writer too, I’ve been at Wattpad and incest stories are really existed there, I remember we helped to report one with my co-writers, I assume the people who wrote them don’t really care of literature but just attention thugs. I stop at that site, it’s just waste of time. I rather submit my work at publishers directly.

Robert Haighton
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When I was young, my parents always told me: “Dont do this or you will get spanked” and “always look (first) left, (then) right and left (again) when you are about to cross a street/road”. Now when I was young, it was always fun to do something that was ‘forbidden’. In a different language “to eat from the forbidden fruit”. In my days there was no internet yet. But now its hard to have no internet access. So that adds a new task/duty for parents to monitor their own kids. But parents cant and wont monitor their own kids 24/7.… Read more »
TheVoiceofReason
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Ahhh. Dont u know my dear fellow. Gossip and bitching is a filipino past time. I have better morals or I have a better education then you so i’m holier than thou is so A-typical of the middle class to upper class mindset. Let he is without sin? Though if they read their bibles they would see their God is ok with child brides. According to their bible a woman is ready to be wed and start bearing children as soon as she bleeds……..let that sink in for a moment. So my question for the readers here….where do there morals… Read more »
Sick_Amore
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Nice one, Grim! The part where crappy stories are more popular than brilliant ones to majority of Pinoys, youth or oldies alike, says something about the dumbing down of generation. What’s scary is that the poor quality of the shows/lit being produced is no less than the result of the dumbed down generation asking for and readily consuming it. Also, freedom doesn’t amount to accountability, respect, growth and integrity to some Filipinos. Here one has a free medium that could allow him to express and impart his creativity, skills or knowledge (to entertain, to inspire, to influence good change or… Read more »
James Rocket
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Failipino college student logic:

Goal in life – graduate in selected course w/high marks

Normal student study habit – read science,math,history, literature to improve knowledge in chosen degree(other than studying).

Failipino student study habit – don’t have one, don’t care, I’m gonna pass anyway. Reads crap books, watches crap shows 24/7,etc.

We’ll see what the results are in the long term.

lgricmdw
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no mention of a certain book by a certain Russian?

Coobie
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Lolita?

anti-paedo
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Oh my god, guess what? The Philippine age of consent is 12. Effing 12! Technically the guy who commented his little “love story” isn’t actually breaking any Philippine laws because 1. The 14-year-old girl is of age according to the law. 2. He is not in any position of authority towards her (parent, guardian,employer, teacher, government official). 3. He is not prostituting her out. His relationship may be frowned upon, enrage others even, and he may not marry her ever (she’s his cousin), but as it is right now, the law is totally okay with it. How sick is that?… Read more »
Coobie
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And once again, my words ring true. Pinoy pop literature’s only achievement in the Philippines as of now is reducing IQ’s and increasing birth rates.

JanaTron
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Thank you for making this blog post, I was waiting for this to exist. Thank you so much.

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