Readers, viewers express contrary opinions


SOHO. Doesn’t lack defenders in tiff with her “vice-cious” disparager.

A flurry of viewers’ reactions, responses and follow-ups with additional food for thought characterizes our Feedback section this week, with contrary views expressed on the AiAi, Vice Ganda and other issues and imbroglios.

This shows that some members of the country’s viewing and listening audience are no longer passive and clueless recipients of whatever show biz people dish out, but have learned how to separate the grain from the chaff and focus on matters that aren’t just giddily “colorful,” but actually count:

On the Vice Ganda-Jessica Soho square-off, many readers rush to Jessica’s defense—and point out that there’s another aggrieved party involved, and that’s Nancy Binay. When Vice first questioned her credentials to run for senator, it wasn’t so controversial, because some people agreed with him.

But, the jokes related to “color” that he cracked at her expense were mean-spirited, so he should also be rapped for them. —The irony is, many Filipinos are kayumanggi-skinned like Nancy, but they laugh along with Vice, not realizing that they’re being demeaned, as well!


On AiAi, her overlong and soggily tearful “true confessions” appearance on TV was controversial in its own right, and our notes on it elicited a number of contrary reactions.

Some didn’t see what the fuss was all about, since “tell-all” confessions are par for the TV course. But, others agree that they can be off-puttingly intrusive and give a star’s individual travails more importance—and airtime—than they deserve.

Fact is, the unsettled situation is OK with us, as long as we’ve helped some people reevaluate how they feel about the cult of celebrity that makes stars presume that they “own” the airwaves and the nation’s undivided attention because they’re special and exceptionally blessed demigods, whose wails deserve a showcase on national TV.

Less controversially, we’ve gotten positive feedback on our “Teleserye Culture” articles, with some readers sharing that they have been discussed in their classes.

Well and good, it’s high time for us to realize that the extended drama series have become so popular that they have made TV network executives forget that they have pledged to give viewers balanced programing.

The most helpless victims of this unacceptable state of affairs are our children, who now grow up being exposed to a lot of vengeance, verbal violence, and other negative and excessively adult themes, rather than dramatic material that will help them grow up into balanced individuals.

Appropriate direction

Other viewers’ notes: A theater icon shares, “What a wonderful commentary, incisive, fresh and essential. Thank you for speaking up as an enlightened writer-editor. It is so refreshing and gratifying that you are providing appropriate direction for TV producers and sponsors.”

And, from Rosalia Laganzo Enerio of Sorsogon City, “You are right in putting to task our TV newscasters and anchors, reminding them of their responsibility as broadcast practitioners.

“We viewers should say our piece and make our voices heard—they have been taking us for granted for far too long, behaving like kings and queens of their turf, almost infallible with their bombastic delivery and inflated egos. They even make basic mistakes, like mispronouncing simple words and names of places and persons—like mispronouncing tubó (sugar cane) as tubo (iron pipe).

“TV news people should check and double-check their facts. Check with locals on how words are pronounced when you do an out-of-town coverage. Don’t be an embarrassment to your colleagues, and don’t make a mockery of your craft—!”

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  • kolambogan

    What can the Filipinos expect? They live with it everyday of their lives and are always subject of manipulations. Scums are dime a dozen, from barangay tanod salakay, local and national government employees, dirty politicians with their dynastic families, rogue police and miltary elements, scrupulous businessmen/women, prosecutors and judges on the take, religious zealots and charlatans and media including the entertainment people, save for a few most are embedded with and cater to the aforementioned scumbags driven with the immoral purpose of raking money and power at the expense of the weakness needs and always playing on the ignorance of the majority. There’s that familiar joke of long time ago “pinabili lang ng suka hindi na o ayaw ng bumalik sa bahay at nag-artista o reporter na” at ang pinakabago, mga gustong maging mayor, bise-mayor, gobernador, bise-gobernador, konsehal, kongresista at senador, bise-presidente at harinawa huwag na ang maging Presidente (dahil marami ng naging pangulo ng Filipinas in memory ang nag-walanghiya at bumusabos sa bansa). May aasahan pa ba ang Filipinas sa mga ganitong klaseng mapagkunwari, mapagsamantala at ambisyosong gahaman sa lahat ng bagay?

    • archerfan

      wag masyado hamakin ang sariling lahi dahil kahit ano ka or nasan ka ngayun, pinoy ka din na guilty sa mga sinabi mo. yes, yu can say a lot of negatives about pinoys pero hindi lang yan exclusive sa lahi natin. kahit amerikano, guilty yan sa mga binangit mo. i hope you know how corrupt corporate america is. how american politicians are like pnoy politikos who accept bribes and kick backs from contractors.

      • jElly_aCe

        yes its true hindi lang sa pinas may corruption ika nga all over d world pero aminin ma sa hindi super malala sa pinas , nuknukan sa pnaka nuknukan. sa us kht may corrupt, ayos pa rin ang takbo ng buhay, cla prin ang numero uno. yan ang sakit nating mga pnoys, takot sa realidad, ayw umamin ng katotohanan, plage may rason . hindi panglalait ang pagiging mkatotohanan at hindi rin ibig sabihin na itinatakwil ang pnagmulan nagkataon lang cguro na open minded, at realistic ang mga pnoy na umaamin sa katotohanan . ika nga , magpaka totoo ka kabayan!

      • KaEnchong

        Kung higit ngang malala ang katiwalian sa Pilipinas kaysa America o kung anumang bansa, hindi marahil makatarungang iatang ang kabuuan ng sisi sa pamahalaan.

        Politicians in America may be as corrupt as our own politicians. The difference lies in us, the governed. WE, the Filipino people, do not only tolerate corruption. To some extent, WE even encourage corruption.

        They say 10% of the population will steal no matter what; another 10% will not steal no matter what. Most of us, including most of our politicians, belong to the remaining 80% who will steal if there is an opportunity to steal.

        Para naman hindi off-topic – shows feed their audiences with what the audiences want – sometimes, to a point when audiences are fed with what show producers want their audiences to believe.

        TV shows must be gender-sensitive enough to offer an equal degree of tolerance and protection to members of the third sex. Ang problema, some TV shows have gone from merely tolerating homosexuality to encouraging it. Their message should have been “It’s OK to be gay”. Pero, some TV shows have gone too far to say “It’s better to be gay”.

  • Miguel37

    This writer is a crap. Sounds corrupt.

    • Mon Sparks

      Obviously, you are a one-time reader of Nestor Torre’s column.

  • brunogiordano

    Sa usapan NANCY ang kulay (COLOR) ay naging collateral damage.

    INSULTONG malaki sa kulay ang pagkakaroon at pagdadala sa kulay PILIPINO ni NANCY.

    UNQUALIFIED pinilit ang sariling maging SENADOR.

  • i_am_light

    for the writer
    -abstain from expressing your own opinion on articles

    -The irony is, many Filipinos are kayumanggi-skinned like Nancy, but they laugh along with Vice, not realizing that they’re being demeaned, as well!

    • KaEnchong

      This is an entertainment column, not a news article. The writer has every right to express his opinion. After all, opinion is what columns are for.

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