I read the most disturbing statement this morning. When paraphrased it goes something like this: “Isang karangalan ang mabastos ni Willie Revillame.”
What the freaking crap?!
For those of you who follow local show business you may well know who said that line. Yes, you’re right. It was by Christy Fermin, a showbiz gossip writer and host, on her show over at TV5. For those of you who do not know her, let’s just say that she’s made a career by talking about other people’s lives and she’s also a staunch defender of Willie Revillame, another controversial personality.
The context of the statement according to pep.ph was a discussion over another TV host’s woes over his crass double entendres in his noon time show.
Cristy says only two showbiz personalities can be “matulis” and get away with it: Rico J. Puno and Willie Revillame.”
‘Pag sila ang nagdeliver para bang malaking karangalan mo pag mabastos ka,” says Cristy about the two TV hosts.
I cannot say that it’s thoughtless nor is it unbelievable because only she can hero-worship Revillame like that. I am tempted to rattle off unsavory adjectives that suit her judgment but I’d like to skip that. What for me is the ultimate offense that she made with her remark is insulting the dignity, intelligence, and integrity of people in this country. Unfortunately for her parents and forebears, it says so much about who she is as a person and the values she upholds.
Having an opinion is one thing, however twisted it may be. But airing a faulty opinion on national TV by no less than the host of the show is another matter. Some may argue that her show airs late night but believe me, its not hard for things to get around these days. Some people may think that nobody believes her anyway, but some people do–that’s why she has a TV show in the first place. Some people may just choose to dismiss it, but I cannot, especially when I think of abused kids and women.
As a TV personality, she is bound by ethics and a responsibility to contribute to the good of the society. TV is a medium for edification, not a platform where you can just shout out the yearnings of your heart. If she finds it exciting and honorable to be slighted by Revillame, it’s fine by me. She can bow down before him to feel blessed, I don’t care.
But TV5, please spare the rest of us.