I only learned of comedienne (sorry, comedy person) Candy Pangilinan's "TAO PO AKO, HINDI PO AKO IGOROT" [I am a human being, not an Igorot] slur after watching ABS-CBN's morning showbizcast today. The actress was shown tearfully and profusely apologizing to the Igorot community for the insensitive statement she twice uttered in public.
It was stupid of Candy to say such a thing, but it was also wise of her to issue an immediate and sincere apology -- says something about the good in her as a performer, a Pinay, and a UPian. That we all commit mistakes (I myself have said a million-and-one words that hurt a lot of people and I have had to apologize as much) doesn't mean we are less noble; we only become so when we stubbornly refuse to own up to our faults and ungraciously behave when we take the flak. We need to learn from all these and move on with a renewed commitment to fairness and goodwill and so be closer to the ideal person within.
It would be interesting to compare the reactions of bloggers and other cybernauts to the ethnic slurs of Candy and those of "Francesca in France" who has yet to apologize to Igorots for her haughtiness. :)
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