There has been much hullabaloo about the party celebration of MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, most of which is chronicled by my good friend ChinoF over here. I wrote a previous piece about the innate perversion of typical Pinoys in this article here but, like with my more scathing statements, was met with considerable skepticism. There are still so many out there who seem to think that being “Christian” or “Catholic” seems to make us exempt from sexual perversion. It’s as if they believe that being a “Christian” or “Catholic” can somehow absolve them of their perversion and ensure their “purity” as political candidates.
Well, I got news for you. Claiming that you’re a “Christian” doesn’t deny you’re a pervert when government officials seem to think that lewd public displays both on television and in live performances are “normal”. Claiming that you’re “Catholic” won’t prove that you’re “pure” when prostitution remains one of the biggest reasons for tourists coming to the country. Claiming to be “religious” isn’t going to make you “righteous” when so many children are becoming the victims of sexual exploitation and the number of child pregnancies continue to rise at an alarming rate.
Still not convinced?
Everything Runs On “Sex Appeal”
Well, let’s face it, “sex sells” or so they say. It’s like that with any industry in the world. To be honest, there’s really nothing wrong with it either. It’s a marketing strategy that works quite well and there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of it from time to time.
What’s sad however is that “sex appeal” is often the only thing keeping some shows and industries running in the Philippines. For instance, note the large number of attractive but all too often untalented people in showbiz in the Philippines. Now look, don’t get me wrong, I don’t thing there’s anything wrong with having attractive people in the media. I mean “hotties will be hotties” after all. But then, it becomes silly when there are a lot of “talents” out there who’s only real talent is their good looks. Think about it, there are so many out there are quite a number of singers who can’t sing, dancers who can’t dance and actors who can’t act and simply remain in the industry simply because of their good looks.
In one of my previous articles, I remember mentioning that when the Spider-Man films came out, most Pinoys only noticed his abs and his cute appearance and couldn’t have cared less about the ideals he believed in. I suppose it’s just unfortunate that John Arcilla just wasn’t as cute as Tobey Maguire nor did he possess Derek Ramsey’s abs and shoulders. It’s more than a little sad when you stop to think that the only “talent” that seems to matter today is having good looks even when you don’t have much of anything else.
Anyway, if you have difficulty trying to understand what I’m trying to convey here, let’s talk about AlDub. Yes, this time, I’m mentioning them personally. Bashers be damned and all.
Suppose you replaced the actor and actress with someone older, like say, Eddie Garcia and Gloria Romero or perhaps less attractive, like maybe Tirso Cruz and Eugene Domingo. Now, do you think they would be anywhere as popular? Now, don’t change anything about the show. Same theme, same idea, just swap the actors with older or less attractive ones. Would it still be popular, do you think?
Now contrast this with foreign shows and films. Take people like John Malkovich, Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg and Judi Dench. While they look like your average people, they are nonetheless recognized for their acting talent and are respected celebrities unlike many “pretty faces” here in the Philippines who can act about as well as a department store mannequin.
Everything Is About Immorality
Look, I can’t stress this enough. Why are we so addicted to scandalous themes like extramarital affairs, teen pregnancies and cruel jokes? As I asked in my previous article about Lea Salonga, haven’t we got anything else to offer? Don’t we have any soap operas that don’t involve an affair? Don’t we have a show that encourages teens to practice safe sex? Do we have a comedy show that doesn’t make fun of a person’s appearance? Are there any noon-time shows that don’t feature scantily-clad dancing girls?
I mean really, isn’t there anything else?
For instance, what about a soap opera that focuses more on how to grow and handle a business? How about a teen show that showcases tips on study habits as well as some good educational topics like history and geography? Do we have any comedy shows that caters to good, old-school sitcom comedy? Lastly, what about a noon-time show that has attractive dancers that are talented but nonetheless modestly dressed?
Porn Is Everywhere
Let’s get this straight. I won’t judge you if you watch porn. Heck, I watch porn.
Unfortunately, the problem occurs when just about everyone seems to be watching porn on their computer or smartphone. Of course, what you do in private is your problem after all. However, some people watch porn even in public places such as on computers in internet cafes (where there could be a lot of children) or on smartphones while waiting in bus terminals.
For comparison, we can talk about the people in Sweden.
As mentioned by one commenter, Scandinavians (and Swedes by extension) are a sexually liberated people. They accept sex as part of human nature and even have a thriving porn industry. However, I need to ask, when was the last time any of us have seen a Swedish porn film?
If you’re wondering what the heck is Swedish porn, then congratulations, you’ve just discovered a well-guarded secret. See, while the Swedish might have a porn industry, they keep it under tight regulations to ensure that it is not pirated or shown in inappropriate places. If only we could be as discrete as the Swedish when it came to more mature-themed issues.
We Have Little Regard For The Minds Of Minors
The sad part is, while we like to claim that we are a “wholesome” people. The way we seem to casually treat sexuality around children is more than a little alarming. It sickens me to no end when some mothers even encourage their daughters (or in some cases, sons) to dance like the sexy dancing girls on noon-time TV shows. I’m actually wondering what the Liberal Party and Francis Tolentino would have done if it was Josh and Bimby who came and danced for them.
While we like to insist that we are a “child-friendly” country, I can’t help but wonder why the Philippines is regarded by some foreigners as a “Pedo-Paradise”. Can we truly consider ourselves “child-friendly” when inappropriate shows both live and on TV are a regular sight. Sure, the MTRCB took out a lot of anime and even created the SPG (strict parental guidance) label for shows, they nonetheless approve inappropriate programs at noon or in the late afternoon when children are home and can watch said programs. Their parents who are supposed to “guide” them when watching TV? They couldn’t care less as they’re enjoying their lewd programs too much to mind what kind of ideas go into their children’s heads. Then, when their young daughters get pregnant they have the gall to blame foreign media for their troubles.
Do you disagree?
Then prove me wrong…
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