‘Tards And How They Are A Liability To Any Country


I think I’ve written several pieces about the prevalence of idolatry here in the Philippines but now comes the time for me to talk about its logical conclusion. The thing is, the biggest problem with Pinoy society is that we tend to pay more attention to a leader’s more personal issues than their overall agenda and vision. So what happens is that instead of seeing a given leader, like our very own President Rodrigo Duterte for example, as a source of leadership and an inspiration for doing what’s right, there are a great many of us who see them as superheroes or gods who will solve all our problems for us. It gets to the point where these idiots begin to blindly support their chosen leader regardless of said leader’s very own wrongdoing and will belligerently and or even violently no matter how heinous or unacceptable their actions are.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the product of Philippine Idolatry: The ‘Tard

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Now, it doesn’t really matter who the ‘tard supports. He or she might support the previous administration and its deceitful and insane ways and may or may not be firm believers in the idea that Ninoy Aquino is a hero, Cory Aquino is a saint and that former President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III was “the best president ever”. He or she could be behind the push to bring back “Martial Law” in support of the Marcos family even though I’m willing to bet that a good number of these people don’t even know what they’re talking about such as losing their “freedom of speech” will likely mean that they will no longer be able to use free data to access Facebook and other social media apps on their smartphone. Then there are those who defend President Duterte despite the obvious wrongness of some of what he says and does even after the guy even goes out of his way to apologize and admit to his mistakes.

So Just What Is A ‘Tard?

Ah, let’s start with the most basic question!

A ‘tard is a person who blindly follows another person. It doesn’t matter who that person is. It can be anyone from former President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III, former President Ferdinand Marcos, current President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, the Aldub couple, the Kathniel couple, Pastillas Girl, Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda, Darna or Captain Barbell. A ‘tard is someone who would go out of their way to promote, support and defend a given person even when the latter isn’t even slightly aware of them.

A ‘tard, at the bottom of it all and regardless whom he or she supports, is really no different from a zombie or a rabid dog. They are unable to make use of logic, are often incapable of forming coherent trains of thought and are almost always on the look out for anything to attack no matter how harmless it turns out to be. Most of the time, ‘tards are just using free data for FB and draw their conclusions from reading headlines and looking at pictures.

How To Spot A ‘Tard

Well, here are a few things that will allow you to identify a ‘tard online:

  • Are usually unwilling or unable to read a full article or comment before reacting belligerently or violently.
  • Make avid use of logical fallacies and readily assume that anyone who doesn’t support the person they worship is in favor of the opposition or vice versa. For example:
    • ABS-CBN vs. GMA
    • Aldub vs. Pastillas Girl
    • Duterte vs. LP
  • Often make use of words and names that they don’t fully understand. As an example, I can name a certain commenter who said something about other commenters using ad hominem attacks on him even though he himself did not understand.
  • Their arguments and concerns are never constant and often contradict themselves. As another example there was this woman who insisted that President Duterte was merely being friendly when he made cat-calls at a given journalist who made it clear that she was insulted by the action. When the other commenters asked the woman how would she feel if similar sexual advances were made towards her, she refused to answer and immediately began verbally attacking said commenters.

Can ‘Tards Be Dangerous?

Now, as I’ve come to realize, ‘tards aren’t just annoying, it’s possible that they can be dangerous to society as a whole. Of course, we can probably assume that majority of them are just a bunch of online bullies. However, take note that online movements are all too often the source of more nefarious and dangerous activities like acts of terrorism and hate crimes.

Another thing to note would be the fact that a lot of ‘tards aren’t willing to take responsibility for anything. They never take anything into consideration no matter how relevant it might actually be. They never apologize when called out and proven wrong and will probably just pass the buck on to someone else just like good ol’ Noynoy.

How Not To Be A ‘Tard

  1. Read. That’s right. Don’t be lazy and read something fully. Read a full article before commenting or reacting. Heck, some people just look at the picture and come to all sorts of conclusion without even glancing at the article.
  2. Understand. Again, this is something a lot of people actually fail at. There are a lot of us who are just too literal-minded for their own good. It’s of no surprise that a lot of our shows and a lot of people who watch said shows lack a good sense of humor and are unable to comprehend things like sarcasm and irony.
  3. Think. This may be last but this is most certainly not the least. If anything, this is quite possibly one of the more important things that prevents one from becoming a full-on “‘tard”. The ability to think, rationalize and use logic before reacting is probably one of the hallmarks of being human. Articles are meant to provoke thought and are not just something to bark at.

21 Replies to “‘Tards And How They Are A Liability To Any Country”

  1. Don’t be retarded; excellence is “status quo discarded”. Look ahead and don’t see the little things you do now as the final products to ever stand out of your personal actions!

  2. There will always be retards in the Philippines since many of them are uneducated loudmouths who think they own the internet yet can’t defend themselves with intelligent answers when backed in a corner like a whining dog.

  3. The problem of the Philippines is not the division between the “tards” and “non-tards.” Instead it’s the disparities among all Filipinos, with their primitive mindsets of tribal individualism trapped inside the bodies of modern-day people. This country has no chance of becoming one nation with that kind of variation.

  4. YellowTards defend the Aquinos, right or wrong. They believe ,the Aquinos are heroes and saints…They also believe De Lima as the perfection of an honest public official, with unquestioned integrity…They will defend De Lima, even if the evidences against her are Glaring and Overwhelming. They see, there are no Drug Lords and Shabu addiction problem in our country !

    Dutertards will defend Duterte, to the point of being wrong.

    Porky DrilonTards will defend, what Porky Drilon will do in the Senate. Whether he changes his loyalty, at the drop of a hat; or feast on Pork Barrels, like a Swine…

    Hey…Thaddeus Grimwald…I am a fan of yours. I will defend what you write, whether right or wrong…does that mean, I am a GrimwaldTard ?

  5. I silently condemn some of the words that come out of Duterte’s mouth. They are better left unsaid for the sake of political correctness and diplomacy. But i will not publicly display them as the opposition will see it as “weakening” of support, and that’s what they are waiting to take him down.

  6. It a bit funny but Google translate doesnt give me a proper Dutch word for it. Although, I must say from reading Grimwald’s definition, I surely do get the meaning.

    So, I am looking for another, different word that comes close to the word/term tard.
    Maybe I found one or two:

    Groupie (maybe we should forget the female part and the sexual part to make it more in lign with tard):

    The term groupie is derived from group, in reference to a musical group, but the word is also used in a more general sense, especially in casual conversation, to mean a particular kind of female fan assumed to be more interested in relationships with rockstars than in their music. A groupie is generally considered a devoted female fan of a band or musical performer. The term originates from the female attaching herself to a band. A groupie is considered more intense about her adored celebrities than a fan and tends to follow them from place to place. A groupie will attempt to have a connection with the band and may seek intimate contact. Obsessive groupies will almost certainly involve themselves sexually with any members of the band including the roadies. Further, there are groupies of sports teams and many other types of celebrities.

    A fan, or fanatic, sometimes also called aficionado or supporter, is a person who is enthusiastically devoted to something or somebody, such as a band, a sports team, a genre, a book, a movie or an entertainer. Collectively, the fans of a particular object or person constitute its fanbase or fandom. They may show their enthusiasm in a variety of ways, such as by promoting the object of their interest, being members of a fan club, holding or participating in fan conventions, or writing fan mail. They may also engage in creative activities (“fan labor”) such as creating fanzines, writing fan fiction, making memes or drawing fan art.

    1. ‘tard’ is shorthand term for a ‘retard’ or “retarded person”
      it’s like if you support Duterte then you are retarded person, hence “dutertard”. or if you support the Yellows (liberal party), then you are called “yellowtard”.

      it’s like this, you are a ‘retarded person’ because you support duterte or the yellows (liberal party), etc. something you call a person who supports the opposition.

      1. Using ‘retard’ as key in Google translate, it doesnt come up with really offensive, rude, negative translations (in Dutch).

        In English, however, it does:
        ‘a mentally handicapped person (often used as a general term of abuse).’

        1. Just Filipinos copying American slang they’ve seen online without realising the underlying offensiveness. See also: butthurt.

  7. In another aspect of ‘tardism, here’s an educated tard’s comment on Duterte revalidating narco politicians list:

    “Revalidated na again pa. Redundant. Real due diligence should have been done from the very beginning”

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