Now, most of you have read enough of my work to know that I am often fiercely critical of the Philippine mainstream media. As a matter of fact, just about all of my articles involve bashing them in some way. However now, I begin to see a ray of hope for our local mainstream media what with the exclusion of films that include the crass antics of Vice Ganda and Vic Soto. Truth is, I thought the media was a lost cause and was better off destroyed for the greater good but now that bad humor and worthless ripoffs have finally been removed from the MMFF, I can’t help but feel that something has finally changed about the media.
I’m not sure what you think of all this dear reader, but I have always believed there has been a correlation between the media, the government and the voting masses. I, along with many others, theorized that dumb media leads to a dumb populace which leads to dumb, incompetent or outright evil politicians being elected into vaunted positions in the government. However now, with films starring Vice Ganda, who in my opinion, is nothing more than an overwrought bully who enjoys humiliating other people and Vic Sotto, whose films are often a blatant imitation of more successful foreign films and whose plots revolve around trivializing the dysfunction of Filipino culture barred from the Metro Manila Film Festival, I feel hope stirring in my heart.
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Unlike many of the others here on GRP, I have always considered myself less a journalist and more of a storyteller and I have always felt insulted by the way Vice Ganda openly embarrasses otherwise common-looking people and has spat time and again on history and who we are as a people. Sure, it’s nice to laugh every now and again but what are we laughing at, exactly? Are we laughing because we are genuinely happy from our hearts or are we instead laughing like madmen now that we are utterly doomed as a people?
I even remember Vice Ganda saying that all his movies were quality and that he felt bad at being excluded from the MMFF. Remember that this is a guy who made fun of the Ruroni Kenshin films which, while are certainly embellished historical fiction, teaches quite a bit about one of the more difficult eras of Japan. A time that many countries, including our own, can actually learn from. Now in comparison, the only thing many of Vice Ganda’s movies have to teach is to talk down to people who you deem are unattractive or have a different way of speaking.
As for Vic Sotto, at the end of the day, most of his movies are just fanciful figments of the imagination even the ones that include otherwise mundane elements. Now look, don’t get me wrong, I am an avid fan of speculative fiction like sci-fi and fantasy but I always like those that impart a sense of realism and a lesson for the viewers. For instance, Lord of the Rings imparts a sense of responsibility and resistance to evil and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann discusses determination in the face of overwhelming odds. However, films like Entent Kabisonte is pretty much an overused franchise that has nothing better to offer than hollow entertainment that isn’t even impressive.
Anyway, see you all at the movies…
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