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Vice Ganda contends with protests from countercritics

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GANDA. “Migrated” talent.

Cheekily irreverent and painfully honest comedian and self-appointed social critic and debunker Vice Ganda usually gets away with “murder,” but it turns out that he bit off more than he could chew when he made Jessica Soho one of the targets of his uncivil tongue in his recent show at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Why didn’t he get away with his ostensibly hilarious jibes this time around? Because Soho happens to be a broadcast icon, one of the “most trusted” people on the TV screen, in fact. And because she was spoofed and derided within the context of an imaginary “gang rape” scenario, which many women didn’t find funny, at all.

In time, the heat and flak that the comedian got became so intense that he was obliged to apologize, but his “sorry” struck some people as, well, “not very.”

The dastardly deed has been done, but can we learn any lessons from this latest show biz snaffu? A lot: As MTRCB chair Eugenio “Toto” Villareal has so helpfully summarized it, the problem partly stems from the fact that “Vice” comes from the world of gay “sing-along bar” comedy, where flaming comics specialize in what its original American practitioner, Don Rickles, describes as the Comedy of Insult.

Hapless

They just love to excoriate and vilify their bar patrons’ looks—or lack of them (as in “Ikaw ay ang Pambansang Gilagid ng Pilipinas!” sarcastically aimed at a hapless member of the audience with underachieving teeth—and overachieving gums)!

The weird thing is, the insults have become so popular that some of the targets feel “flattered” that they have been singled out for such stellar public humiliation!

That may be the implied contract at gay bars, but when the  syndrome is transplanted to TV or the concert stage, it’s no longer A-OK—and the trouble with some “migrated” talents is that they aren’t able to tell the all-important difference.

It shouldn’t take rocket science to understand that a much more public venue—with a General Patronage audience, at that—requires some adjustments to be made in terms of topic, target, style and viciousness of attack.

It also makes a key difference when the targets are respected celebrities known more for their achievements than for their looks—in fact, the looks factor becomes irrelevant, and the spoofer who cluelessly or insensitively stays at that level comes off as shallow.

Issue

But, the most relevant issue here is the “gang rape humor” factor. Vice’s critics want him and other insensitive “jokers” to understand that rape is so painfully and even traumatically violative that it shouldn’t be made the subject and object of “humor”—at all!

Other related issues that rear their pointy heads in this unpretty mess include the belief that celebrities are “public property,” so they’re “fair game” for any and all cute or mean attempts at humor—at their expense.

Celebrities themselves contribute to this wildly wrong-headed view, so they should stop “cooperating” forthwith and insist on their right to privacy when they aren’t performing.

If these and other lessons are sincerely learned, the messy and contentious ordeal could be worth it. However, if the proponents of the comedy of insult are incapable of self-education, more official limits will have to be set, to protect us and the celebrity targets—and the vicious spoofers from themselves!


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  • bangopuwet

    I really don’t know why this comedian is named Vice Ganda. Is it because he is a drug addict (too many vices) while Ganda is used to cover his ugliness. We know you’re gay but your performance on TV and movies influence young people in the wrong direction. I miss the days in the late 50’s and early 60’s when gay people were only concentrated in the beauty parlors or just plain make up artists of the stars. Now, they openly show themselves to the public even wearing bikinis or gowns trying to say to us they are “women”. This comedian must be suspended on TV and in the movies temporarily for making jokes about fat women being raped. Only in the Philippines really will you find gay men and women openly exposing to us their ridiculous brand of humor, way of life and utter disregard of social decency and good manners. No wonder, the country is going to the dogs.

  • w33k3nd3r

    Vice was made famous by the public that consumes her brand of comedy. If the public were any more educated or cultured, we would have a different comedian in our hands and probably less gutter humor. We can’t blame her for she is just a product catering to a market that is populated by an ignorant majority who enjoys crass humor.

  • Tonypogi

    Hindi ba ang show ni Vice Ganda noon sa Araneta ay may Scriptwriter at Director? Bakit si Vice Ganda lamang ang sinisisi sa mga sinambit niya? Wala ba iyon sa script?

    • boybakal

      He is a National Figure, children look up to him as idol, hero.
      If he says bad words, children will follow and says it is okay.
      This kabayo can set up a trend like gang rape fat women.
      So, he should be careful….he should watch his mouth.

      Agree, he has Scriptwriter and director….but because he is a star, he sometimes ad lib and do his own or wala na sa script.

      Just like a horse dapat busalan.

  • boybakal

    Sometimes our demeanor and character were shaped in the society we live in.
    Vice is what he is now is because of the environment he was brought up to.
    Harsh reality world…poverty and hunger that jokes is food to ease the hunger.

    Besides, we Filipinos are funny ugly looking people.
    We are not a perfect specie for Human Being.
    Inspite of our comedic faces, we are not blessed with wit to ignite humor for laugh.

    In short, we are short of human intelligence, even artificial intelligence.
    To create laughter, we always delve on our physical deficiencies.
    That trait becomes culture, customs and tradition in making fun of other people’s ugliness and defects.

    Insult, mockery becomes a way of life….a life that Vice Ganda grew
    up into as he was the butt of Joke then, a Bading of nothing.
    Now Vice is the King of this rude, nasty, disgusting jokes.
    He is the butter of jokes.

    It is a cycle of life, up and down
    Tomorrow….Vice will be the butt of jokes again.
    He is not a butter no more but mantikiya.

  • boybakal

    I see a pattern of abuse and insult on women by Vice Ganda.

    First, it was Nancy Binay, the daughter of Vice President Binay.

    Second, it was Jesica Soho, the Vice President of GMA tv station.

    The pattern of abuse can be seen on word Vice.

    He wants monopoly and dominance of the word Vice.

    Who is next Vice to be Vice’s victim…..I hope it is not a woman full of vices or else Vice can find his match.

  • boybakal

    Let’s make this issue to be more understandable.:

    Scene 1.
    Mayroon kang anak na babae, mataba namumurok ang pisngi.
    Eto ang narinig mo sa mga kalaro niya….Baboy, baboy, litson, litson.
    Di ba galit ka. Alangan naman kumuha ka ng kawayan at magsiga, bagkus papagalitan mo yon mga kalaro niya.

    Scene 2.

    E di kaya naman sa tumpok tambayan, to ang narinig mong nagtatawanan.
    “Yan asawa talaga ni Jesus mukhang baboy sa taba, kailangan marami ang magrape diyan dahil di kaya ng isa.”
    Ano ang reaction mo, baka kumuha ka ng itak di para tadtarin parang litson ang asawa mo kundi yon estambay.

    Ganyan din yan sa ginawang pagpapatawa ni Vice Kabayo tungkol kay Jessica Soho.
    Ginawang Litson Baboy si Jessica.

  • ManilaByNight

    Hey Vice Ganda with your brand and style of comedy you do not deserve to be called “ganda”. I think the proper description for low life, cheap f-a-g-g-o-t-s like you should be Vice PANGIT which better suits you. You look like a horse anyway.

    So lets see how giving you a dose of your own (comic) medicine will affect you? Do you like what I just said? I’m just throwing back the stone that you have thrown to the respectable public. That is if you have any respect at all. No brainer!

  • ManilaByNight

    Dapat Vice should be sued for slander in court …. Until no one makes a solid punishment on Vice hindi titigil yan. Dapat patulan na yan ng legal notice or whatever legal action para matauhan yang bakla na yan. Nakakhiya sya specially for the LGBT community …. you are indirectly giving a bad image to the LGBT community specially to those who are educated and respectable UNLIKE you.



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