Presumably the “scandal” is over now that Jim Paredes has owned up to and apologised for the grief a private video had caused after it somehow found its way onto the Net and went “viral”. Certainly the bigger lesson here — that nothing transmitted over the Net stays private forever — is not lost. It’s just that sex is such a primal motivation that we share with every specie on the planet that intellectualisation takes a back seat when our need to get off engulfs our better judgement.
So the question following this and many such “scandals” past and future is an even more important one.
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Who are we to judge?
That’s another point supposedly deeply-ingrained in the Christian psyche drawing from scripture that categorically reserves authority to judge to the Almighty. But, nonetheless, we judge. We scroll through our social media timelines, for one, judging every selfie, shout-out, and borrowed quote that crosses our lines of sight, so that we may gleefully classify them as drivel, humblebrags, likes, dislikes, hearts, lols, and any other category that can be encapsulated in the latest emoji. We also like to withdraw into our little echo chambers of beshies, mumshies, and ka-[insert name of clique here]s to revel in our shared sense of righteousness and the license-to-judge it creates within these circles of intellectual inbreeding.
As such, one too cannot judge those who judge Paredes harshly — because he has, fairly or unfairly, created a public persona that invites close scrutiny. In much the same way that scandals that hit televangelists in the 1980s made headline news and cover features on TIME Magazine, the Paredes circus is newsworthy despite the evident media and social media blackout on the topic the Yellowtards are attempting to effect. Jim is a venerated celebrity, a self-styled public philosopher, and a rabid partisan. It is, indeed, bad luck for Jim that this scandal broke in the midst of the campaign homestretch to this year’s mid-term elections. Elections in the Philippines are, in ordinary times, a high-stakes game. Election 2019 is a go-for-broke one even by those standards as this is the Opposition’s only chance to secure a power base that can legally challenge the popular government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte with some semblance of effectiveness. Paredes, in effect, handed over to the enemies of his camp the equivalent of the blueprint for a superweapon.
The fact is, wanking in private is human. Wanking between consenting adults over an unsecured Internet link is human too. The difference between Paredes and his ilk and anti-fragile wankers that his Yellowtard camp demonise is that the earlier robe themselves in white prayerful veneers while the latter wear their propensity to wank on their sleeves. When you have nothing to hide, you don’t need to remember what you did.
Before this circus, Jim Parades personified everything that today’s Yellowtard-led Opposition aspires to pitch itself as to the Filipino voting public — straight, uppity, and “decent”. Indeed, the Yellowtards had taken ownership of the notion of “decency” and built an entire narrative that asserts monopoly rights over the virtue. Then again, in the aftermath of the circus, it can still be argued that Paredes continues to personify today’s Yellowtard-led Opposition — a community whose members are consistent in their inconsistency when measured using the very noble principles they espouse in their political rhetoric.
To be anti-fragile is to thrive rather than merely survive in the midst of adversity. Paredes may survive this circus. But it is unlikely that he will remain the revered “thought leader” of Yellowtardom he once was. He will certainly no longer thrive as a public personality. Contrast this with other political camps whose political rhetoric pretends to be neither good nor bad, just ones that focus on the issues and what needs to be done without making any moral judgements about the means to achieve the latter. It is easy to be consistent when you are not swimming in the murky waters of “morality”. This fixation on what is moral is what hobbles the Yellowtard cause today and why Filipinos, tired of aspiring to reach the artificial standards “moral” people blackmail them with, continue to embrace what is real today.
To Jim Paredes: good luck and have a nice life.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.
8 Replies to “To Jim Paredes: Good luck and have a nice life”
A douchebag has an image to maintain. He is not real. He is the kind of guy who will change his last name into something cooler and more impressive.
What a way to fall. I pity the family who had to bear the humiliation and shame of being associated with him.
boy, that youth for duterte dude must be smiling all day yesterday.
He lost his so-called non-existent moral highground that he’s been parading to the public for years, after EDSA and the ousting of Marcos he’s been playing it real by being an apologist, public defender and PR agent for the Aquinos and Liberal Party, because all the ills of this country before and after is all the fault of his political enemies, now the last straw of tolerance I’ve had with him was singing a damn song while being an apologist for Roxas and Noynoy-LP administration during Yolanda.
Actually sir it is not the video per se we the netizens are after for….this pathetic SOB tried his very best to have that holier-than-thou facade! Little do we all know that like Andy Bautista (another lecherous SOB) they are keeping skeletons and are now out in the open, and yet these so-called decentes tries to maintain their DESENTE image all the way and his ilk (another desente-wannabes on the ready to his sorry defense. I mean who are they tryin to fool?
Jim Paredes is like those Roman Catholic priests and bishops; who are parading their : “holier than thou” attitudes to most of us…Yet inside them are nauseating skeletons. They sexual perverts, and should be damned to their own Hell forever…
As Jesus Christ had stated : “These Pharisees are as whitewashed tombs. Beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones”…how true is this, even in our modern times.
I believe that other YellowTards in the forefront, have skeletons in their closets also. If they are not sexual perverts, child molesters, sexual exhibitionists. They are thieves, murderers, liars , scammers, etc..
I pity these hypocrites !
. . . or habitual practitioners of pharmaceutically-induced pleasures, for that matter
but sheer ineptitude constitutes a more fitting description_spread across the entire spectrum
since the Yellowcamp is all vitriolic talk but devoid of any worthy substance
that provides tangible solutions to the country’s REAL woes.
suffice it to say that the Yellowcamp’s chances of succeeding in the forthcoming elections
now ranges from zero to nil, thanks largely to this huge gash inflicted on their jaundiced armour.
With Pareng Jim’s entire life legacy getting reduced to a few fleeting moments of Parading one’s Testosterone level, it’s indeed a sad day for anti-American Junk advocacy.
But hey, there’s Duterte’s anti-American “Pivot to China.” It’s probably the best time to jump ship to join “formerly indecent” Mocha Uson, and scrape off the little that’s left of what may still be called a “reputation” -with 80% of the populace cheering you on.