One Man’s Poison Is Another Man’s Royal Wedding

 

Mass media knows what you want manipulates you by giving you what you want.
Mass media knows what you want manipulates you by giving you what you want.

This is television, that’s all it is. It has nothing to do with people, it’s to do with ratings! For fifty years, we’ve told them what to eat, what to drink, what to wear… for Christ’s sake, Ben, don’t you understand? Americans love television. They wean their kids on it. Listen. They love game shows, they love wrestling, they love sports and violence. So what do we do? We give ’em *what they want*! We’re number one, Ben, that’s all that counts, believe me. I’ve been in the business for thirty years.

Damon Killian in the Running Man

 

I finally have an angle on this obnoxious wedding. Read anything I ever wrote about pinoy culture whether it’s politics or entertainment. Anything you see is a reflection of what the audience wants . The wedding was not about a joyful union for friends and family. It was about self promotion and epal. Noontime television is what it is because people watch . Simple as that. People love that stuff. The dancing, the singing  and the jokes . It represents their ideals , aspirations and values . Makes you well up deep inside with Pinoy Pride don’t it?

 

Who cares about lost lives?? We have some superficial show biz event with some perverse perception of a "best man".
Who cares about lost lives?? We have some superficial show biz event with some perverse perception of a “best man”.

This wedding causes the stir it does for the simple reason that it fascinates people. When you fascinate a lot of people there is money to be made. I could care less about getting facts straight when it comes to pinoy showbiz weddings. I am just here to justify an alternate point of view and just maybe attract readers who like to think. If things are happening it might be good to ask why they are happening and who is making them happen. Let’s take a high profile pinoy wedding from years gone by: Assunta de Rossi married an unassuming gentleman who by all indications is a model husband. That was a spectacle apparently. Was it a made for television event ? Were the wedding expenses perhaps subsidized by the fact that it was a made for TV event? These are things that might factor in when trying to make sense of the whole thing.

 

Historically High Profile Weddings are for the KSP and those willing to provide the attention to the KSP.
Historically High Profile Weddings are for the KSP and those willing to provide the attention to the KSP.

One man’s poison is another man’s bacon.

Kermit the Frog shortly before he gets pulverized by Miss Piggy

Pinoy showbizness is essentially baduy people producing content that entices baduy people. Content that is ignored by the rest of this world in this age of globalization. The pinoy artista is just as globally relevant as pinoy basketball and pinoy cuisine. If you are not an OFW then there is no relevance.

 

Tolentino in charge of both slow moving traffic in Manila as well as forcing Pinoy movies down the throats of vacationing people during the month of December.
Tolentino in charge of both slow moving traffic in Manila as well as forcing Pinoy movies down the throats of vacationing people during the month of December.

This is just commentary on what is there. What is there is moronic. Reality is a reflection of the community’s values . Which is tragically institutions like ABS CBN and the Metro Manila Film Festival. Does anybody else find it weird that the spokesperson who everybody blames for the lousiest traffic jams in the world is the same spokesperson for the lousiest films in the world??  Francis Tolentino, proves his versatility by overseeing two aspects of this country no other place cares to emulate.

 

Low standards for entertainment translates to low standards in the ballot box.
Low standards for entertainment translates to low standards in the ballot box.

Whether its local television , the Metro Manila Film Festival or the elected politicians the Philippines is not exactly a breeding ground for MENSA members. In order to get noticed and to win the hearts (and the wallets) of the local population the message has always been clear: never overestimate the discretion and cerebral faculties of the audience you are trying to reach. Whether it be ratings, box office receipts or votes. The culture is dumb and the fools that keep it all going could care less. Those same fools hate GRP because of Colonel Jessup’s immortal words.

 

The least qualified gets to be president. Consequences of an easily amused public.
The least qualified gets to be president. Consequences of an easily amused public.

The intense  interest in this wedding and the subsequent venom directed at anyone questioning it says something about us. Just like when Noynoy was elected in 2010 , the people have spoken and the people are dumb.

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