CA slams Revillame as it affirms show suspension over boy’s lusty dance

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MANILA, Philippines – Calling its host “insensitive,” the Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) when it suspended TV5’s “Willing Willie” for a month over its episode in which a 6-year-old boy was cajoled into dancing like a lusty macho dancer.

In its 11-page decision, the appeals court, through Associate Justice Manuel M. Barrios, said the MTRCB validly imposed the one-month suspension over the show of Willie Revillame for its “offensive and obscene segment.”

“What is clear is that respondent MTRCB validly and correctly performed its duty as enjoined by law in reviewing and assessing the subject content and thereafter, imposing the proper sanction when the content was found indecent, immoral or obscene,” the appeals court said.

In his petition, Revillame denied committing abuse when they allowed the child to perform. In fact, he said he changed the song from “Careless Whisper” to “Next Episode” to avoid sexual connotation.

He maintained that there was no intention on their part to ridicule or abuse the boy.

But the appeals court said the fact that the song was changed highlights the fact that Revillame knew that the planned dance number smacked of sexual innuendos.

“A review of the recording of that segment shows a 6-year old boy gyrating like a macho dancer while being cajoled and goaded by the show’s host and the audience…is commonly perceived as transpiring only in night clubs and other shadowy establishments,” the appeals court said.

“Additionally, it reveals the emotional pain on the part of the child and the insensitivity of the host and the audience in egging the boy on even as he was already in tears…Needless to state, while money has great utility and is beneficial in these times of want, it must never be used as justification to sacrifice good morals, decency, self-respect and the psychological well-being of its citizens especially the young,” the appeals court said.

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has suspended TV host Willie Revillame’s show for one month amid public uproar over its March 12 episode wherein a 6-year-old was persuaded into simulating a striptease.

The MTRCB concluded that the episode of “Willing Willie” violated a law against immoral and indecent broadcasts that run counter to Filipino values.

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  • novaliches

    Nagbaba ng desisyon ang CA after may news na aalis na si WR sa TV5, ibig sabihin ba nito malakas ang influence ni MVP sa CA? Nagtatanong lang po.

  • Hendot2012

    PAKYU CA WALA KAYO KWENTA AMBAGAL NYO!

  • pedronimo

    Wa epek na iyan. BALITANG BILASA!

  • Paliwaweng

    to the ‘avid fans’ of willie, leave him alone, he doesn’t need your help nor your unsolicited advice, let him defend himself, mas matalinong g…o pa sya sa inyo lol..

    And by the way, do not assume that when people dislike his antics means that they, we are angry or jealous of him. No way. Far from that.

    I find nothing in his character that is worth emulating nor to be jealous of.
    Though am only a poor and humble OFW.
    I know him personally.
    During the late 70’s when he was still ‘ampon’ of my friend, a Pagdanganan in Sauyo Novaliches.

  • tweakthor

    The decision affirms “daw” prior restraint and censorship. Mahirap magbigay ng black or white answer dahil there are good and valid points in both sides of the argument.

    What is clear is that freedom of expression even in the arts is NOT absolute. It is also clear that the sensibilities, the norms, the values of the society/community where the act or expression was done dictates to a large degree the acceptability of the act or expression.

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