So I bought a .44 magnum it was solid steel cast
And in the blessed name of Elvis well I just let it blast
‘Til my TV lay in pieces there at my feet
And they busted me for disturbin’ the almighty peace
Judge said “What you got in your defense son ?”
“Fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on”
Sean Anthony plays for the PBA’s Talk and Text. He was with Barako and Red Bull previously. His hard nose style of play has earned him rabid fans as well as a model girl friend. One thing he does not have is the media of his home country fawning over every move he makes. Sean-Sean (as he was fondly called as a toddler) played his amateur basketball in McGill (Montreal) . I was told he is the first product of a Canadian university to play in the PBA. The Canadian press does not celebrate the feat. Canadians care more about Andrew Wiggins, Steve Nash, Rick Fox and Bill Wennington I will let you figure out why.
Kirk Long had an excellent run playing for the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Not to be outdone by Sean Anthony, last year he married model, teacher and former Ateneo soccer player Cristina “Tata” Garcia. Extremely ironic because his father in law is Philippine Sports Commissioner Richie Garcia who is a die hard La Sallite. It is weird how the PBA considers Sean Anthony a “Filipino” considering he was not born here or never went to school here. Yet Kirk Long’s family have been in the country since 1991 and have been integral in the community in terms of education and outreach and he can’t play in the league as a Filipino. One guy does not have one credit on his transcript from a Filipino institution. The other not only studied in Manila for decades but whose family helped educate Filipinos yet the PBA by their rules does not consider him Filipino enough. OK fine.
Both Kirk and Sean are accomplished basketball players in the one nation on planet Earth that basketball dominates. Yet nobody cares outside the Philippines. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. They are doing what they love and to a fanatic audience locally. There is only one NBA. The NBA is popular in Ohio, China, Florida, Madrid, Toronto, Manila and other corners of the globe. Filipino basketball is a lot like Filipino food: only relevant to Flipinos. Before you get all butthurt, people abroad say “let’s go out for Italian/ Mexican/ Indian / Chinese / Japanese. The only people who say let’s go eat Filipino are cannibals. Jollibee owes their foreign existence to OFW presence. I love inasal done right. There is just something so wrong about going to Bacolod the birthplace of inasal and to see a homogenized Mang Inasal with even one customer. That may be just me.
How many of you cared or even knew anything about the Israeli version of X Factor?? Anyone? Bueller? I ask the question I always ask and never get a good answer. If something was not relevant last week why does a pinoy winning it make it relevant this week?? Why is the opinion of judges you never heard of in a show you never watched so important to you? How does that add one iota to the self worth of the nation? It was something only the Isrealis cared about. Is the prestige chasing you or are you chasing the prestige? I must have missed the meeting where I was supposed to be informed that Isreali X Factor was supposed to define a country’s self esteem.Where am I supposed to draw the line over what is worth my cheers and applause from the 7 billion inhabitants of this world?
I can understand finding relevance in the American Idol we are used to in this country with judges like “dawg” , Steven Tyler , Paula Abdul, Ellen Degeneres and others who have been on our screens for a few years now. But the Isreali version? I had no idea they had a version. I don’t know the first thing about Israeli television (except Homeland is based on one of their shows) and neither do you. Then why is something on their airwaves and not on yours so relevant?? KSP is truly the root of all evil.
Remember the real life examples I gave you earlier of Sean Anthony and Kirk Long? Let’s reverse the Rose Fostanes story and see how strange it looks. What if an Israeli working for AIM (Makati) won Pinoys Got Talent or whatever gameshow is on locally? Will the Prime MInister of Israel make a statement or anything like what Noynoy’s office did yesterday? I doubt it. Plus I can imagine the racist taunts from the local audience. Poor Phillip Phillips when he was the only thing standing between “pinay” Jessica Sanchez and American Idol “immortality”.
Our local shows have no prestige abroad. That fact does not deter us from “pinoy pride” for some reason. As if to compensate we suddenly heap instant prestige on shows in other countries. Shows we never knew existed. To the point that the office of the President feels they have to capitalize on this faux pride so they make a statement. That is the state of our national self esteem. I get Sky Cable and there are definitely more than 57 Channels.Two weeks ago none of them showed Isreali X Factor. Even if they did, I doubt you would have watched.
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