‘Eat Bulaga,’ ‘The Ryzza Mae Show’ violate ‘dignity of the child’—MTRCB


Ryzza Mae with the contestant winner. Screengrab from

MANILA, Philippines – The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board on Wednesday summoned “Eat Bulaga” and “The Ryzza Mae Show” producers to a mandatory conference over “scenes allegedly insensitive and unfriendly to children.”

The MTRCB, in a statement sent to media, said some scenes shown by the two programs “palpably violate the dignity of the child,” prompting them to summon the show’s producer TAPE, Inc. and GMA Network, where both shows air.

MTRCB chair Eugenio “Toto” Villareal, in a later interview on Wednesday with the INQUIRER said the conference has been scheduled Thursday, September 5 at 3 p.m. at the MTRCB offices in Quezon City.

The Board mentioned two episodes: “Eat Bulaga”’s July 29 episode in which TV host Vic Sotto “spat juice on the face of child actress-host Ryzza Mae Dizon” in the segment called “Ang Joke Ko.” Another was on the Ryzza Mae Show’s August 14 episode where a contest winner called the child “landing bata ka.”

“We want to emphasize that children between one (1) and eight (8) years old are not yet capable of critical judgment. They are easily impressionable and still incapable of processing a joke as such,” Villareal told the INQUIRER. “We’re aware that it was just a joke, but kids watching the show don’t. They would think it’s OK to spit on another person’s face or to be spat on.”

In its memo to Tape Inc., the MTRCB said the scene was “disturbing because Dizon was palpably exploited as she was ridiculed, humiliated and degraded by the act of the host. The scene not only palpably compromise the dignity of a child as a human being, it also does not promote any positive value or behavior among viewers, adults or children alike. Moreover, such scene may be deemed prejudicial to her development.”

The Aug. 14 episode of “The Ryzza Mae Show” has a contest winner named Gelsa telling Dizon “Landing bata ka ah!” (You’re such a flirty kid!), to which the young TV host replied by pleading that she was just a child and asking the guest not to be too harsh on her. “Bata pa po ako. Ate ‘wag ah, dahan dahan. Ikaw naman ang sungit mo sa akin,” Dizon told the contestant.

This episode has been posted on the video sharing site, YouTube.

As of September 4, the YouTube video was viewed by almost half-a-million times.

The most “liked” comment on the video said the woman should not have treated a child like that.

“I think that merits a case…violence against children… Well if that’s [the contest winner’s] way of wanting to be famous, she succeeded. [But], she made a big mistake of making herself the laughing stock of the entire country,” the comment read.

Villareal stressed that children “should not be treated like toys or pets. We’re a bit lucky because Ryzza Mae has a high intelligence quotient, and that she was able to express how she felt with the shabby treatment. Other kids are not as expressive.”

In a text message to INQUIRER, Tape Inc. senior vice president and chief operating officer Malou Choa-Fagar said “we’ll attend the meeting. Ever since, we’ve cooperated…”

According to the MTRCB memo, “the child actor was exposed to malicious and rude statements. [This] imparts the idea that it is natural to utter slanderous and abusive statements against a person.”

The MTRCB said it hoped for the “cooperation of all those concerned in finding out what caused these scenes, who are responsible therefore, and what immediate and concrete measures can be done so they do not happen again.”

The statement added that there was “serious and urgent concern for the welfare of children, who are most vulnerable in media and entertainment.”

Dizon became popular when she won the Little Miss Philippines title in 2012. She is currently the youngest host in “Eat Bulaga.” Aside from “The Ryzza Mae Show,” Dizon is also seen in the sitcom “Vampire Ang Daddy Ko.” She was also a cast of the fantasy-adventure film “Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako.”

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Originally posted: September 4, 2013 | 8:58 am

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  • wafu

    Not just EB is lousy, everything on Philippine TV is lousy.

    No creativeness, pambobong game show, paulit-ulit na love team, at sino makakalimot sa template ng Pinoy teleserye na kung saan may mayaman na na-inlove sa mahirap na may secret na mayamang magulang at may kontrabidang mayaman na maghihirap sa huli.

    Ngayon, kids and lolis naman ang gagatasan

  • mang romy

    let’s see how MTRCB acts on this.

    TAPE has been on the news lately, ok lang kung postive kaso degrading and demeaning na. What happened to the internal review process? (kung meron) – or are you too eager to strike the iron while it’s hot without thinking the consequences?

    who’s afraid of the Sottos?

  • Shela Charles

    I hope that this report and any other report or comments from anyone will not interfere with Ryzza’s ability to make a living at her age in show business. We live in an ugly world and people say the wildest things to Ryzza. She is SO smart and just captures the hearts of most of her viewers. I am so happy for Ryzza and happy her family ow has a way to live without financial worry. Thank you Vic Sotto and all who saw the potential in Ryzza. She is indeed a star worthy of our viewership.

  • boybakal

    May dignity na ba ang bata….I thought Innocence.

  • Guest

    kaya nga merong classification e, PG-Parental Guidance, bahala na ang mga magulang magpaliwanag sa kanilang mga anak.

  • libraocto

    If you watch TV programs today especially yung mga soap drama, kundi puro sigawan iyakan at OA na drama. The writer and the director most of the time change the story, hindi mo tuloy masundan kung ano ang mangyayari. The TV station does not care about motality now a days. Parang inaabuso na tayong manonood, imbes na entertainmnet ang mapanood natin, pati same sex relation ipinapalabas na rin.

  • wanderingpinoy .

    ON THE CONTRARY….mas may ISIP pa nga yong bata kesa sa contestant na akala mo eh kagandahan, yong reaction at sagot ni aleng maliit ng sabihan syang malandi (albeit a joke) ay way beyond ng kanyang edad. Pinamukha nya sa gelsa na yon na walang puwang ang walang pinag-aralan sa “SHOW NA PAMBATA”. Sa ganang akin eh, over reaction ang MTRCB sa kasong ito, mas marami pang ibang pagtuunan ng pansin ang opisinang ito. daming shows na walang “aral” na naidudulot, pultika din kaya to?

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