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Monday, May 18, 2009

Candy Pangilinan's Ethnic Slur (2)

Candy Pangilinan's public verbal and written apology has not doused the flames of another e-bonfire of inanities similar to the one that raged when the "Francesca in France" issue was still red-hot.

One only has to visit Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) to get a feel of this blaze.  Most of the comments to the PEP article on Candy's faux pas surely  titillate the gossip-mongers, but only foment more misunderstandings among us.



Take, for example, this vacuous comment by one who aptly called him/herself "Showbizbuddy":

Huwag na sana maging OA ang remark ng iba against Candy kasi obvious naman na hindi intentional ang ginawa niya. Saka hindi naman racist si Candy kapag nga nasa abroad yan Pinoy agad ang hinahanap niyan para makausap. E kung foreigner na racist ang makakausap niyo baka mas malala pa ang sabihin sa ethnic minority sa Pinas e. Take the remark constructively Igorots! We love you naman -- huwag kayong mga balat-sibuyas sa mga tukso ng mga komedyante at mga kababayang miron na walang magawa: We are proud of you and Candy as well I am sure. (15May2009 00:54am)



Naturally, Showbizbuddy's attempt to chip in his/her one-centavo to buying Igorots out of this flame backfired (mixed idioms and metaphors intended :) ). Consider:

♣ Branding the Igorots' reaction to Candy's slur as "OA" could only further antagonize some Igorots


♣ Reference to foreigners as being more racist towards Filipino ethnic groups is fallacious (red herring) and missed the bone of contention (i.e. ethnocentrism/discrimination among Filipinos themselves)


♣ Her/His positive-thinking advice: "Take the remark constructively Igorots!" positively identifies a Filipino who lacks sensitivity to the cultural and historical undertones of this issue


♣ To top it all, expressing one's love for Igorots and pride in what they represent while telling them not to be balat-sibuyas (lit. "onion-skinned," which, in the Philippines, means you're a bundle of nerves, not 90% fat-free) smacks of hypocrisy.


That is why another commenter, "Pinkcheeks," retorted as follows to show she wasn't tickled pink by Showbizbuddy's facile remarks:




Showbizbuddy,


Don’t be ridiculous.. you are another Candy.Don’t say you love us, its very obvious that you are just saying it just to shut us up. You are very wrong foreigners are very sensitive about racist remarks…in most countries they have antidiscrimination law. If that joke was said overseas that could have banned Candy in the entertainment industry..thats how serious it is. It just sounds simple because we are in pinas..and apology is enough to repair it.We are not being OA please dont call us that.Dont make more damage.she has already apologized. (15May2009 06:46am)



It is not only the inconsiderate comments of non-Igorots that have stirred the coals, however.  Some of my fellow Igorots are to blame as well for their unfiltered retorts, like these strings of threats and put-downs from "Fireman"  (boy, was he on fire!) and "Lydnare," respectively:



aba,ang kakapal din ng pagmumukha ng babaeng ito!

akala mo kagandahan! wag na wag kang magpapakita o tumuntong man lang sa Baguio!

baka gawin kang joke ng mga Igorot! sobra kasing OA at pilit magpatawa kaya tuloy ganyan ang kalalabasan mo.

dapat ibigti kang patiwarik Candy! kung umasta ka para kang sinu! (15May2009 11:14am)


Being an artist is being able to intertwine with appreciation, respect and aesthetics. Primarily candy has none of the traits! No appreciation for his hosts, no respect for others, and truly lacking of the aesthetics of humanity. She is just an artist, she is just a lame show of a circus. (15may200915.38pm)



It is bad enough that the un/ill-informed would speak about  or for Igorots whom they only know for their feathered headgears and woven tails. The more tragic thing is when we Igorots ourselves unwittingly build on stereotypes about us by our untempered responses to derogatory remarks against us.


Related Post: "Candy Pangilinan's Ethnic Slur"

21 comments:

lam-ang said...

relax lang mga torogi!

problema sa inyo masyado kayong pikon

may stigma lahat ng lahi:
ilokano - kuripot
kapampangan - mayabang
manilenyo - maarte
bisaya - katulong
torogi - hindi tao
at marami pang iba..

kaya hinay-hinay lang bro... di na kelangan ibigti si candy, caƱaoan nyo nalang para mangati pwet nya

Jesse said...

What saddens me here is that the FACT that Bong Revilla and toher senators was OUTRAGED by Baldwin's joke but and even threatened him but never thought of avoiding not only IPS but ethnic groups to be the subject of hurtful jokes.

Some officials were angry witht he DH issue yet remained apathetic to discrimination against ethnic groups by Filipinos?

Jesse said...

@lam-ang. At least sila, tao pa rin in that sense...igorots?

Well, i least we could make a good joke out of her bad joke

Yes, she is ONLY human and not Igorot, because Igorots are gods and goddesses.

hehe

lam-ang said...

jesse: igorot ka ba bro?

if yes... then you've just earned my respect for taking things lightly. bilib ako at di ka napikon...

if no... wala lang... no wonder di uminit ulo mo

Bangan said...

Sigurado bang tao ang sinabi niya baka naman E yong huling letra hahaha. JOKE LANG PO!piz :)

Jesse said...

Part Igorot. Dun wanna give Igorots a bad name as Candy did for the non-Igorots.

Jesse said...

She claims it's sip of the tongue. baka ibig niyang sabihin. TaE ako, hindi Igorot. lol. Commedienne nga.

hot blood said...

lam-ang....

sarcastic? I think you're a dumb ass.. check what you wrote then check the dictionary. better yet, study grammar.

lam-ang said...

nyahaha hot blood torogi! obvious masyado. di ka gumaya kay jesse...
thanks for proving my point

pero paturo nalang din ng grammar.. aminado ako barok english ko.. san ba nagkamali bro? dun ba sa "if no"?

John said...

lam-ang, akala ko kasi nag iisip ka. okay lang tawagin kang kuripot, mayabang, etc. - tawagin ka ba namang hindi tao, okay lang sa iyo? ikaw ah, kung okay lang sa iyo - e iba iba naman ang tao, at hindi joke yun, insulto yun - halimbawa ako, tawagin kong TRYING HARD, RACIST, FEELING SUPERIOR na lahi ang angkang pinaggalingan mo? asshole!!!

John said...

wag mo ngang ginagamit gamit ang lam-ang na pangalan mo sa pag popost at alam ko namang hindi ka igorot! pwe! hindi mo bagay! kahit sinong napapabilang sa isang ethnic group o culture, natural dedepensahan ang pride at prinsipyo ng kultura nila - tapos sasabihin mo masyadong pikon? e kung pumunta ka na lang dito sa baguio at gawin kitang pinikpikan! pikon na kung pikon, ukinnam!

hot blood said...

icanao-an tako si lam ang ta gumate din kimot na.

lam-ang said...

namumulaklak ba mga fire tree ngayon bro kaya ka ganyan? relax lang...

sa napaka-"inhumane" na reaction mo, nagtataka ka pa rin ba kung bakit ka nasabihang hindi tao?

di lang physical entity ang tao (at lalong di rin ulam). maraming aspeto ang pagkatao - ugali, pag-iisip, moralidad, reaction mo sa jokes, spirituality, etc.. yung iba muka lang tao, pero di tao kung umasta. baka naman hindi physical appearance o ethnicity ang tinutukoy ni candy nung sinabi nyang di tao ang mga igorot?

kahit anong itawag mo sa akin at sa lahi ko, ayos lang sakin kung alam ko namang hindi totoo. tingin ko ganun din naman yung iba, tawagin mong katulong mga bisaya, tatawanan ka lang nila kasi mas muka ka pang katulong sa kanila... e tawagin mong di tao ang igorot? gagawin ka nilang pinikpikan.

kung mapipikon ka, pinapakita mo lang na may inferiority complex ka dahil sa race mo... kung may inferiority complex ka, inaamin mong inferior race nga ang igorot... edi ikaw din mismo uminsulto sa lahi mo.

at di igorot si lam-ang bro...burdigi

lam-ang said...

naku bro wala naman ganyanan. ayoko mangati pwet ko.

lam-ang said...

sige ka pipitasin ko lahat ng sili at itatago ko. ewan ko lang kung makakain ka pa.

lam-ang said...

salamat sa pagpoint-out na ang question ko pala ay answerable by "yes" or "NOT".

torogi girl said...

0o nga lam-ang okie lang naman na tawagin ang mga igorot na kuripot,maarte,mayabang, at katulong. pero hindi na tama ung sabihing ang igorot ay hindi tao grabe na kaya itong babaeng ito noh.......... masyadong 0A. baka sia ang hindi tao noh!!! 00 hindi nga siya igorot pero ang sama sama niya para sabihing hindi tao ang IGOROT noh...

torogi girl said...

lam-ang nga met kega adi igorot sa ay...

torogi girl said...

lam-ang igorot ka ba???????? ask ko lang hah wag kang magagalit!!!!

lam-ang said...

di ako igorot maam...

manonton dalan said...

mayat buybuyaen san man-eebatan.
waday istolya iman pangasinan
"bilay nen lam-ang" ngem adin
kami met igolot.eyak manenemnem
pangasinan ay igolot ya naadalan
nan kastila, gamin padapada san
salita.
dawat ko ken apo kabunyan maanapan
san simpa nan kanemneman.
(si sak-en naadalan mansulat nan
salitan kabenguetan san panbuybuya
san youtube. dawat ko ken apo kabunyan
ya eyak mansulat nan daniw di kankanaey.
tet-ewa)
inyamanak.si sak-en nalpuak ed pangasinan.