Iza Calzado laments how Anti-Marcos fundamentalists divide the nation

Actress Izadora Calzado is under fire from the usual social media suspects following her flattering impersonation of former First Lady Imelda Marcos at a party.

GMA News Online reports Calzado’s explanation of her interesting choice of costume she wore to Tim Yap’s birthday celebration to impersonate Mrs. Marcos…

“Decided to channel my inner Imelda Marcos for the party since I love shoes and I love wearing the terno just like Madame Imelda!” one of her captions read. Another declared, “Imelda Marcos.. I hope I get to play her for a film one day. What an interesting character study she would be!”

What these “Netizens” seem to fail to understand about Calzado’s verbal and fashion statement in this instance is that she was speaking as an artist. Regardless of who Mrs. Marcos was or what she did, the fact is, she is an interesting character — one who captures the imagination of the public and, as such, one who would attract artistic discovery and exploration.

Of course in a society known for its artistic and intellectual bankruptcy in popular entertainment, such artistic statements fly over most peoples’ heads. To these “Netizens”, any reference to Mrs. Marcos necessarily should acknowledge historical context. Mrs. Marcos is, of course, the widow of former President Ferdinand Marcos who is regarded by certain cliques in Philippine society as a man that one ought to detest for supposed atrocities he allegedly oversaw during his administration in the 10970s and early 1980s.

According to Twitter denizen @MillenialOfMNL, for example;

You can never, ever, divorce Imelda Marcos’ “iconic fashion” from the fact that she was the other half of a dictatorship.

Never, ever?

The big assumption here was that Calzado actually intended to downplay Mrs. Marcos’s alleged role in the so-called “dictatorship” of her husband. This rather extremist manner with which social media characters like these pounce upon any reference to the Marcoses to ensure the proper dogma on the matter is highlighted is Taliban-like in its fundamentalism.

As Calzado rightly points out in an earlier tweet

Opinionated and sensitive about EVERYTHING.. even a PARTY COSTUME! Is this the kind of society we want? A greatly divided nation?

Indeed. A greatly divided nation. A situation anti-Marcos die-hards would prefer to persist.

Interestingly enough, whilst these “millennial” Martial Law Crybabies are quick to judge Calzado and others who dare mention Her-Whose-Name-Must-Not-Be-Mentioned-Outside-of-the-Martial-Law-Context, we should recall how their ilk at the Ateneo had, in the past, themselves let their guard down and allowed themselves to succumb to the charm of the former First Lady.

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15 thoughts on “Iza Calzado laments how Anti-Marcos fundamentalists divide the nation

    ChinoF

    (January 23, 2017 - 12:24 am)

    So people assume wanting to play Imelda Marcs means being pro-Marcos? One of the epitomes of non-working brain cells.

      benign0

      (January 23, 2017 - 8:51 am)

      This is the same bunch of people who pompously pontificate about the “big difference” between “fake news” and literary fiction. Here they evidently fail to differentiate artistic aspiration and political partisanism.

        Amir Al Bahr

        (January 23, 2017 - 1:30 pm)

        They say, they fear “the legitimization” of Marcos abuses and excesses.

        They mean, it is a reminder of how several “ones” have been put over them.

        benign0

        (January 23, 2017 - 3:06 pm)

        Lol! Thing is, they sweat the small stuff while the big stuff — things like all the long-term appropriate groundwork and measures taken that would have more strongly-ensured the Marcoses were barred from returning to their place in society, politics, and government — had been neglected.

        Amir Al Bahr

        (January 23, 2017 - 4:06 pm)

        That’s what happens when you get complacent. Those idiots thought that their narrative could last forever, and that shaming anyone who dared not abide by it would work.

      Amir Al Bahr

      (January 23, 2017 - 1:28 pm)

      Yep, Filipinos are utterly incapable of compartmentalizing the personal and the professional.

    Aldus

    (January 23, 2017 - 3:52 pm)

    The Millennial Martial Law Crybabies know nothing at all, and yet they react at every mention of the Marcoses. Their stupid gestures reveal their ignorance on the matter.

    Jerry Lynch

    (January 24, 2017 - 7:59 pm)

    I’m going to stay out of the whole Marcos family discussion because either the Marcoses nor the Aquinos should be give the time of day. They are all corrupt thieves.

    I will say this, that the dress worn by the woman at the top of the post, with those bat wings, is about as hideous as any item of clothing I have ever seen. I would not take her to a dog fight wearing that dress, not even if I thought she would win thee fight.

    malibogdin

    (January 26, 2017 - 2:09 pm)

    All those who had,have or crave economic and political power in these country had, have and will never do anything substantial to change the excruciatingly slow

    malibogdin

    (January 26, 2017 - 2:14 pm)

    ,flawed, tedious, expensive criminal justice, civil justice and legal processes in the country because that is the only way they prove themselves smarter than the rest of the population

    d_forsaken

    (January 26, 2017 - 10:07 pm)

    Our evolution depends on our memory. If we keep forgetting the mistakes of the past, only to keep repeating them, then we will never change. And if we keep recycling through the exact same kind of leaders — the kind who do not propel us forward, but only hold us back — then perhaps what we really need now is a completely different style of leadership altogether. We need heart-driven leaders, not strictly mind-driven ones. We need compassionate humanitarians, not greedy businessmen. Peacemakers, not war instigators. We need unity, not division. Angels, not devils.

    Ealhwine

    (February 2, 2017 - 12:23 pm)

    Sure, the Marcos era wasn’t a good time for people to use their brains and express themselves.

    Imagine these brats wielding political power, though. I get the feeling though that these special snowflakes would go full Cultural Revolution on everyone that doesn’t share their views.

      klara

      (February 12, 2017 - 7:20 am)

      It’s not hard to imagine having an anti-Duterte gov’t stance given the circumstances. That is, if we didn’t have alternative media. It wouldn’t be easy to explain away thousands of killings and the seeming encouragements by the president what with his foul language and all, despite the positive accomplishments. I find those prominent bloggers lame with their disclaimers (e.g. “I’m not pro this, I’m actually anti-this person”). Nangingibabaw ang pang-iintriga at pag-iingay sa pagiging so-called “analysts” nila, which actually makes their influence dangerous.

    ChinoF

    (March 3, 2017 - 3:20 am)

    LOL at Jerry’s comment on the bell sleeves of the terno. That’s even the national costume.

    Manang

    (April 18, 2017 - 5:58 pm)

    I would love to see Iza Calzado play Imelda Marcos someday! I think she would be perfect for the role.

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