The latest outrage fad gripping the shrill community of Martial Law Crybabies that infest the Philippine Opposition is the summer opening of the acclaimed production Here Lies Love, a musical about the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. The musical was written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim and premiered off-Broadway in 2013. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its innovative use of immersive staging and its catchy, upbeat music. The musical received several awards and nominations, including an Obie Award for Best New Theater Piece and a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Some critics have commented on the fact that the musical does not delve deeply into the darker aspects of the Marcos regime, such as human rights abuses and corruption, but rather focuses on the more glamorous aspects of Imelda Marcos’s life.
Rave reviews notwithstanding, the Crybabies are aghast. Mrs. Marcos, the widow of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, has remained a prominent figure in Philippine politics despite all efforts taken by the Opposition to take her down. Despite being widely criticized for her role in her husband’s regime, which was allegedly marked by widespread corruption and human rights abuses, Imelda Marcos has maintained a significant base of support in the Philippines. In recent years, she has been elected to public office on several occasions and continues to be a major political force in the country.
The self-appointed Thought Police of the Opposition are preparing to rumble. One Netizen called on the Filipino diaspora in New York City to “picket the f*ck out of this”, referring to the Broadway opening of the musical on the 20th July this year. Variety reports…
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Opening this summer at one of New York’s most prominent venues, the Broadway Theatre, “Here Lies Love,” will be produced in the fully immersive, mostly standing-room format that was an essential element in its world premiere engagement at the Public Theatre 10 years ago, and subsequent productions in London and Seattle.
The hatred is such that threats of violence have erupted and mob mentality is fast emerging from the ranks of the Philippine Taliban as this tweet exhibits…
This is unsurprising behaviour coming from this partisan camp considering the Philippine Opposition counts among them members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) who have, for decades, waged an armed “revolution” in the Philippines’ hinterlands through its terrorist arm the New People’s Army (NPA). Suppressing artistic expression, after all, is the hallmark of the sorts of tyrannical regimes that were the final ends of such “people’s revolutions” in many unfortunate countries such as the former Soviet Union, China, and North Korea.
Back in 2017, Filipino artist Iza Calzado was victim to the Martial Law Crybaby vitriol that keeps its thumb pressed down on the performing arts after she graced a party dressed as the former First Lady and expressed a wish to “get to play her for a film one day”, adding “What an interesting character study she would be!” The ensuing cancellation campaign mounted by Filipino wokedom against her was relentless prompting Calzado to tweet…
The irony in all this seems to fly above the heads of the foremost “thought leaders” of the Philippine Opposition. Rather than have their points of view compete in the free market of ideas, their “activists” call for outright censorship. Is this the sort of society Filipinos look forward to in the unlikely scenario where members of this mob somehow claw their way back to political power in the Philippines? Only time will tell.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.