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Vice Ganda apologizes; Jessica Soho ‘acknowledges’ apology

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GMA Network vice president for news programs Jessica Soho: Apology acknowledged  FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—When it comes to apologies, how big is the difference between “acknowledging” and “accepting”?

Would the fact that the protagonists in this high-profile situation both have the title “Vice” affixed to their names be a factor in the speed of resolution?

News anchor Jessica Soho, GMA Network vice president for news programs, has “acknowledged” comedian Vice Ganda’s apology Wednesday for a joke that went too far.

Soho and Vice Ganda, or Jose Marie Viceral, and their respective fans, have been slugging it out on television and social networking sites since the latter, during a concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on May 17, tagged the former a logical target for gang rape, if she ever became a “bold” star.

It was part of a segment that also punned ABS-CBN figures Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda, Gus Abelgas and Kim Atienza.

Strong reaction

Soho on Tuesday said the remark attached to her name was “cruel,” having trivialized rape which, she pointed out, was a crime. The remark was preceded and followed by cracks about Soho’s weight.

Her protest generated immediate and strong reaction on Twitter and, on Facebook, a wave of shout-outs in her favor.

On his daily noontime show on ABS-CBN Wednesday, Viceral delivered a longish “apology,” but not before expressing lightly veiled dismay. He said he had earlier phoned Soho, but that she refused to talk with him. Instead, Viceral said, Soho effectively discouraged him from calling again.

Thus, the comedian said, he felt the need to take before the cameras what he was not given the chance to tell Soho, “in the hope that this will reach you.”

Repeated, profuse

In the course of his monologue, delivered in Filipino, and which occasionally slipped into comedy mode (“I’m only human, although I look like a horse”), he repeatedly, at times profusely, apologized “to everyone that I hurt, from my heart, not my mind—these words are uttered by my tongue and coming out of my own mouth, not dictated by other people.”

But he threw in explanations for his conduct as well: “I’m not a perfect comedian. I know that not all my jokes are funny; no comedian can claim that all his jokes are funny. There will always be someone in the audience who will not like a joke or two. ”

Viceral managed to chide the people who had swamped social networking sites with damning comments against him: “This is a small thing that came from a simple joke, but which some people have blown up into a national issue. Everybody has an opinion on it, and it’s not helping. Let us stop this.”

He divided observers and participants in the virtual debates into two camps: those who “understood” and took his jokes well, and those who didn’t get it. He thanked the first group profusely and told the second group: “It’s okay, I am not angry. If you don’t understand me, I will try to understand you.”

Not a mockery

Viceral vehemently denied that his controversial Jessica joke was a mockery of rape victims. “It was not meant that way. It was just a joke, as I said at the start of the concert.” He vowed never again to include Soho in any of his comedy routines, “if that’s the only way I can prove that I’m sorry.”

A few hours later, Soho sent the Inquirer a text message “acknowledging” Viceral’s apology, without indicating whether or not she was accepting it. However, she denied that she had closed the door on him.

The statement said: “Just to clarify certain points about my phone conversation with him—his call came without warning, as his number was not programmed in my phone directory. I told him I wasn’t feeling well and I wasn’t sure I was ready to talk to him. But I clearly remember thanking him for his call.”

She added: “I sincerely hope and pray that (the apology) this was done with the purest intentions and determination to put this issue behind us. As I’ve said, this is not about me, but about the issue of rape not being an appropriate subject matter for comedy. Rape transcends age, economic class, gender—and even one’s weight.”

With a report from INQUIRER.net

Originally posted at 05:24 pm | Wednesday, May 29, 2013


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  • er

    Vice Ganda’s use of other people’s names for his comedy stints clearly proves that his style is just plain garbage. He doesn’t really have the talent and the brains to make people laugh. And he said he won’t change his style in making jokes, well that goes to show na ‘MABABAW’ lang talaga sya.

    And don’t forget his othet style, bullying. So, masaya bang mang BULLY ha Vice? kahit na sabihin mo pang joke lang, hindi yun nakakatuwa.

    I hope ABS-CBN won’t give him all the freedom to do whatever he wants in his shows. Will the big bosses of the network allow someone just like Vice Ganda to have the say over them? Bad idea!

    • http://www.facebook.com/babaero.akolagi Babaero Akolagi

      GAYA NG BUBBLE GANG REYP REYPAN STORY… HA HA WALANG UTAK!

      • Jet Guanlao

        Look who is talking. Stop pretending to be smart. Your responses clearly proves how unintelligible you are. You can even seem to grasp what these intellectual people are trying to convey.

  • DondonSantosJr

    Nag-sorry nga on national television, parang hindi naman sincere, nag-sorry lang for the sake na masabi lang na nag-sorry

    • http://www.facebook.com/babaero.akolagi Babaero Akolagi

      ANO KA BA TINAWAGAN NA NGA PERSONAL AYAW LANG MAKIPAGUSAP SINO NGAYON ANG MAY UGALING BABOY AT PERSONAL NA BABOY? BUTI PA ANG KABAYO MARUNONG HUMINGI NG TAWAD… GUD TRY JESSICA SOHO TRY MONG MAG GUEST SA BUBBLE GANG MALAMANG LECHON ABOT MO DOON…

      • Jet Guanlao

        Fan na fan ka ni Vice Ganda ano? Pati ang pangangatwiran mo astang kalye. It is sad that ignorant fools have access to the keyboard and internet.

  • julieboy

    Apologies after the damage can be accepted but the character of the person apologizing will not change..Vice Ganda,who the hell does he or she think she is..She has no class at all and is a comedian with gender problems and she trives on toilet humor..The shemale even has a show of her own,sponsors should just pull out and teach this person a lesson.Jessica Soho is way beyond Gandas league no comparison at all.Its sad how a person with no breeding and talent,and a tremendous identity crisis make a joke on a respected journalist and anchor person plus the Vp of GMA..She should be called Pangit talaga,doesnt deserve to be on TV.Comedy bar nalang bagay sa kanya.

    • http://www.facebook.com/babaero.akolagi Babaero Akolagi

      AKALA MO BA PINALABAS SA TV GAYA NG BABOY GANG, KAYA NGA NASA ARANETA PINALABAS DAHIL CONCERT YON TANGA KA TALAGA….

      • Jet Guanlao

        I don’t think you even understood what julieboy said or is trying to point out. Why do ignorant fools and nincompoops have access to the internet? It is disturbing.

  • I_WRITE_IN_ALLCAPS

    Ang dami mga issue sa lipunan na dapat bigyan pansin, etong alitan ng isang “channel 7 personality” at “channel 2 uhm.. something” pa bigyan natin pansin! Oo nga may mali at tama sa kanilang mga linalabas na mga punto, pero ANG agenda talaga dito… ang agawan ng dalawang network sa pansin ng masa!! Siyempre dyan ang basehan ng halaga ng bayad ng mga commercial sponsors! That’s it, pancit!! Prinsipyo ba pinaguusapan?? BS! Kaya kasalanan din ng sponsors yan… sila ang nagtatapon ng pera sa mga yan…. la din pakelam mg yun… basta makita ang mga “catchy jingles” nila pag commercial break ng maraming mga mata. Wala na, laos na ang prinsipyo, mahina yan sa negosyo.. kaya puro papogian nlang at pagalingan sa drama o patawa kahit tactless ok lang… Basta madami tumawa, kumilig, o napaiyak…. ayun, sapul.. MADAMI DIN ANG KITA!!

    Hindi lang yun… pag establisado na ang pagkasikat ng personality nila, aba! may manok pa sa politika!

    • tagasugod

      The real issue is not 7 or 2. The real issue is the insensitivity of Vice Ganda. Whoever cracks that joke deserves public indignation. And we, the viewers are partly to blame because we tolerate this kind of comedian. Do we really need to hurt someone to make other people laugh? Vice Ganda is onother Revillame in the making.

      • Jet Guanlao

        Agree!

    • abudahbi

      Pare ang dami mo daldal. Sagwa ng bibig mo

    • Jet Guanlao

      Your point is? I can not seem to make sense out of what you’re trying to say…

  • http://www.facebook.com/babaero.akolagi Babaero Akolagi

    ANG TUNAY NA TAO MARUNONG MAKIPAGUSAP NG PERSONAL… ANG UGALI AT MAY PERSONAL NA BABOY AY DI MARUNONG MAKIPAGKAPWA TAO AT BASTOS SA LAHAT NG ANGGULO TINGNAN.BUTI PA ANG KABAYO MAY KAPUSONG TAO,KAYA MAS KAPAMILYA TOTOO ANG GUSTO KO…JESSICA SOHO TRY MO NG MAG GUESTING SA BUBBLE GANG DOON KONTI LANG GANG RAPE JOKE NILA BAKA DI PA MASAKTAM ANG PUSO MONG KOLESTEROL…LAHAT NG SINABI MO AY KASINUNGALINGAN NA DI DAPAT GAMITIN ANG GANG RAPE JOKE PERO SA BAKURAN NG GMA7 LALO NA ANG BABOY GANG SOBRA MAY JUDGE PA..IGNORANTENG BABOY KA JESSICA SOHO DAPAT SAYO TANGGALIN NA S GMA7 KASAMA NG BABOY GANG…

  • Guest

    Sa gabing yon lahat ay nabiro ni VIce, Lahat ng mga tao sa concert na yon pati ang mga wala sa concert na sinali ni Vice ay may rason na idemanda o mag react kay Vice,pero ang isipin natin enlarge Comedy bar yon at para kay Vice mali man sa iba ang ginawa niya kay Jessica pero parte yon nang buhay “Comedy bar”.
    sa Comedy Bar ay iniinterview at ginagamitan ng Green Jokes at walang taong ginagamitan nang Green Jokes ay hindi nababastos depende lang sa kanyang pagtanggap, At sa gabing yon dahil nag green joke si Vice kasali na sa green joke ang salitang rape.
    Maraming nilapitan si Vice ang salitang f***k na sinabi niya sa lalaking kano at ang pag malisya niya kay Paulo Avelino at marami pang iba na mas masahol pa sa salitang rape yon dapat ang pinansin ni Jessica at bibigyan niya ng comment kung hind lamang niya pinagiinitan ang tao.
    Pag mag nagrally sa Edsa binastos ang kahit sino ang freedom of expression ang maghahari at mag-sasabing sa nag react na shut up! I have my rights o Pag naghubad sa Oblation run ang freedom of expression ang mag-sasabi sa Indecent Exposure na shut up I have my rights!
    Freedom of Expression is naturally naming names using profanity at minsan mahirap gumawa nang limitations pag nasa freedom of expression so I can’t blame Vice because of it.

    • tagasugod

      Sablay na naman logic nyo. Sige, mambastos ka sa isang mall, tawgin mong baboy ang isang taong malaki, susuntukin ka ng kasama nya, at sasabihin sa yo na, Sori pare, Right ko yon, ang suntukin ka.

  • cynthia

    Freedom of expression is only an excuse for bad expression, what happens to the right of the other person on the receiving end. Anyway the joke was in bad taste and Jessica has the right to ignore the apology if she wanted to.

  • batangsquater

    PU TANG INA MO REN!!!!….LOLLLLL

  • batangsquater

    BAKLANG AMA MO REN….LOLLLLLLL

  • ImFILIPINO

    hahaha… such a pity and a hollow hahaha JOke…

  • Retsameht

    BAKLA KA, SIPSIPIN MO BAYAG NG TATAY MO!

    HEHEHE, JOKE LANG!

  • Retsameht

    AH, BY THE WAY, BWAKANANG INA MO, BAKLA KA!

  • Retsameht

    TANGA KA! JOKE LANG PO!

    NAPAKA SENSITIVE MO NAMAN!

  • batangsquater

    YOKO NGA..MAY LAWAY MO NA YON EWWWWWW..

  • batangsquater

    ECHOSSSS INAGAWAN KA NG MAKE-UP NG TATAY MO KAYA MAINIT ANG ULO MO ANO???

  • Retsameht

    ABA TALAGANG HAYOP NA BAKLA KA PALA! TUTAL ME TITI KA NAMAN, KANTUTIN MO NA RIN NANAY MO!

    HEHEHE! JOKE LANG PO!

  • Retsameht

    AY, PAHABOL… LOLLLL..

  • Retsameht

    TYPE MO SIPSIPIN BAYAG NI VICE GANDA, UMAMIN KA NA!

    HEHEHE! JOKE-JOKE-JOKE!

  • Retsameht

    AY.. OO NGA PALA… LOLLLLLLL HEHEHEHEHE

  • Retsameht

    WAG MO BAGUHIN ANG TOPIC..
    MAHILIG KA SA BAYAG DIBA? KASI BAKLA KA!

    HEHEHEHE.. JOKE LANG PO!

    ETO PA.. LOLLLLLL… HAHAHAHAHA..

  • batangsquater

    YOKO NGA..MAS ENJOY AKO SA NANAY MO…LOLLLLL

  • Retsameht

    BAKIT BA ANG INIT NG ULO MO BAKLA KA!?

    BAKIT BA GALIT NA GALIT KA BAKLA KA!?

    NAG-SASALSAL KA BA?

    SIGE ITULOY MO!

    HEHEHE JOKE LANG PO!

    LOLLLLL HEHEHEHE

  • Retsameht

    EH PANO KASI, BAKLA KA, KAMPON KA NI VICE GANDA!

    HEHEHEHE…

  • batangsquater

    AYAWWWWW MAY LAWAY MO NA RIN YON…..BWEHEHEHE

  • MyOpinions

    nanggigil din ako sa kanya eh, ung point nya malinaw na mali pero iginigiit pa.. although i don’t know if she’s actually under pretense, tama naman grammar nya.. hehe

  • Retsameht

    NAKU TANGA SARILI MONG LAWAY YAN NASA BAYAG MO..

    KASI SARILI MONG BAYAG SINISIPSIP MO..
    HEHEHEHE…

    JOKE LANG PO! AT… LOLLLL… HAHAHAHA

  • batangsquater

    TAPOS NA PO…HUWAG MO ILILIPS TO LIPS TATAY MO MAY TAMOD KO BIBIG NYAN..BWEHEHEHEHEHE.

  • Retsameht

    ANO KAMO? GUSTO MONG ILIPS-TO-LIPS TATAY MO NA MAY TAMOD KO SA BIBIG NYA?

    AY GRABENG BAKLA KA TALAGA! MGA FAMILYA PALA KAYO NG BAKLA!

    GRABE KADIRI KA, SANA MAMATAY KA NA! YUCKY!

    HEHEHEHE… ITULOY MO KALIGAYAHAN MO, KAMPON KA NG KABAKLAAN!

    HEHEHE… JOKE LANG PO! AT LOLLLLL HAHAHAHAHA

  • batangsquater

    HAY NAKO..HINDI KA LANG PALA TANGA…HINDI KA PA MARUNONG MAG-BASA..TSEEEEE

  • batangsquater

    PAPA NAMAN EH….GAYA GAYA KA NAMAN EH..

  • Retsameht

    AYAN LUMABAS ANG PRUWEBA!

    TALAGANG HAYOP NA BAKLA KA! KAMPON KA NI VICE GANDA!

    ME PA “PAPA-PAPA” KA PA DYAN! TAPOS SUSUNDAN MO NG TSE!

    TARANTADO KA, SIPSIPIN MO BAYAG MO! KASI ME LAWAY MO NA YAN!

    HEHEHEHEHE JOKE LANG PO! LOLLLL NA RIN! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA..

  • batangsquater

    BWEHEHE BASTA NAUNA AKONG MURAHIN KA AT BILANG PAALAM…
    PU TANG INA MO REN……LOLL
    I LOVE YOU FAFA…MUAH MUAH TSUP TSUP…



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