Of course no less than Rappler would be among the first mainstream media outlets to break the “news” about the Yellow Camp’s petition to the Miss Universe organizers to cancel this year’s pageant to be held in Manila.
In recent months, chauvinism, brutal shaming, rape jokes and a sweeping disregard for women as persons deserving not merely of a token, but true, respect has been exhibited by the President of the Philippines with his salacious and sexist comments and treatment of female reporters and opposition figures, which has carried over to his allies in the Philippine Congress.
To hold the Miss Universe Pageant in Manila at this time would serve as a reward of this intolerable behavior and excuse such behavior. It would reinforce a troubling trend in our society. It would make your organization a partner to these backward and dangerous steps.
Do not hold Miss Universe in Manila. Be a partner for the liberation and not the subjugation of women. Take your pageant elsewhere and do not reward a regime that is trying to turn back the clock as far as women’s causes are concerned.
Now isn’t that ironic? There is a certain idiocy that only the Yellow Camp can deliver in putting up the Miss Universe pageant as a rallying point around which a statement in protest of the “subjugation of women” would be mounted.
Does this idiocy need to be elaborated upon?
To most, it would be obvious, but for the benefit of those to whom simple concepts like these are alien, I shall indulge.
First of all, the Miss Universe pageant (for that matter, any beauty pageant) is a remnant of a time when objectifying women was considered wholesome family entertainment. So I find it laughable that bozos like Vicky Garchitorena would be signing this petition — a rather infantile grasping at straws coming from a bunch of old ladies whose generation made a major pasttime out of celebrating such spectacles.
Second, if these old ladies are gonna appeal to an international body like the Miss Universe organizers to boycott the Philippines, then they should extend that call to all the rest. Following their Yellow logic, every other entity that holds events in the Philippines, in principle, “serve as a reward” for the “intolerable behavior” of the government of President Duterte and “excuse such behavior”.
Konting thinking naman sana mga amiga. Instead of busying yourself clucking over petitions to the Miss Universe to boycott Manila, you should, instead, get a better grip on more important things — like growing a bit of brain.
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