I am not a journalist. I do demand certain standards of journalism from the many news sources I can access at a particular time. ABS-CBN ( emphasis on the 2nd and 3rd letters) seems to have made it their mission to keep the Filipino people abreast of everything Aquino. It is not about relevance or even useful information. It is about giving you their vision of the world. A world in which a family known for only caring about themselves is the family that is supposed to be the one that has YOUR interest at heart.
Case in point, ABS CBN would like you to believe that Kris Aquino’s My Little Bossings bested Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spiderman (2012). It never happened and it never will happen. What is happening is that Kris Aquino is an attention seeking bore (try saying that five times fast). The interviewer is there to cover the subject. They are not there to be in competition with the subject. But even Kris in her own self centered pinoy way has no idea what competition is. She has no idea what the rules of engagement are in the non pinoy world. A world that should assume professionalism.
Andrew Garfield ( Eduardo in The Social Network) was never informed what non Filipino movies grossed the day that My Little Bossings set it’s opening day record. That number would have been zero. Just my opinion but the Metro Manila Filmfest is an embargo on quality movies so that the local films will have their chance to shine. The best way for trash to flourish is to rid the market of anything resembling quality. Pinoys can not compete in terms of quality so let’s just suck the air out of your movie choices? Is that what are our forefathers for? I doubt it.
Lady Bradley: The ways of England are the ways of the world, my dear.
Anna and the King (1999)
Pinoys love competition in a vacuum. That way they always come out on top. This is done to create the illusion of relevancy despite the fact reality says otherwise. Iglesia ni Cristo ( a church made of pinoys) wants you to believe their stadium is the largest in the world. Bro. Eddie believed a pinoy Pope would guarantee respect for OFWs. Bishop Bacani wanted Tagle to be Pope not for the sake of the Catholic world but for Pinoys Kris Aquino thinks My Little Bossings is a greater hit than Spiderman. Pinoys seem to have a habit of proclaiming what they do dominates the world and is of utmost importance to the world. In the end, somebody forgot to tell the world. Either that or the world is too thrilled they forgot to care.
“Actually he (Bimby) was supposed to say ‘that the first-day gross of his movie in the Philippines actually beats Spider-Man. Our movie holds the record for the highest first-day gross. It’s called ‘My Little Bossings.’ In English, ‘My Little Bosses.’ It’s a comedy, it was shown on Christmas Day’,”
Aquino said on Kris TV.
There you have it, Kris admits to this thing being a staged, choreographed event (from her end) that involves her son designed to bring up a six month movie that the world could care less existed. Let’s say Amazing Spiderman 2 does not do well, Andrew Garfield will still deserve his full salary for being put in harm’s way and having to put up with that manipulative clueless attention seeking missile. His job is to sell the movie and smile for the cameras. Unlike Kris, the story can not be about him. It has to be about the movie. Regardless of how unprofessional an interviewer is, he has to be professional and not radiate an ounce of irritation. A caveat that does not apply to a GRP writer.
Ultimately this issue is about KSP, standards, self entitlement and rigging the deck. The international press did not cover My Little Bossings. Setting a record during the MMFF does not amount to much beyond navel gazing Kris. How the hell can I be proud to be Pinoy when we are the only nation on Earth that gives Kris Aquino the time of day? Kris unleashed a 50 year old non achiever on us who in turn promised to get rid of both corruption and poverty. Pinoys ate it up. She may have done the country a disservice but in the bigger scope of things this country does itself a disservice if it considers Kris Aquino the gold standard of credibility.
Let me inject a dose of reality to this festive occasion. The world does not care about our food, our basketball and our box office movies. Our movies cater to our unique brand of dumb. Which totally explains the popularity of uninspiring and unqualified politicians. Andrew Garfield congratulated Kris Aquino on winning a contest he had no idea he was in. Kris Aquino had no business bringing up that insignificant blip on the radar. Then again Kris Aquino’s big fish in a small pond maneuver will not have any bearing on the world wide gross of The Amazing Spiderman 2. Hollywood sets the pace for cinema for the world. Kris tries to insert her “victory” on a stage that is not hers. She is less polite than an MRT commuter in rush hour.
Pinoys vote for morons because the dominant “news” sources showcase morons and make the public believe they are models worthy copying. They are not but until the public stops being endlessly fascinated with dunces like Kris don’t expect the people’s capacity for discernment to get better anytime soon. GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out). ABS CBN should be denied any press credentials for things like this for showing little evidence of being press.
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