Some Filipinos are really adept at making an immense embarrassment of themselves. This time, yours truly will focus on pathetic Filipino bandwagon “fans”. Specifically, “fans” of anybody who gets some attention from mainstream America whether it be Manny Pacquiao, Arnel Pineda, and Charice Pempengco.
Recently, this foolish person came out of nowhere to dismiss my views outright and claimed that if she wanted to learn about originality and identity, she would rather go to “genuine” sources whatever they maybe. What stands out about that person is that she wasn’t even a Journey fan in the first place. She only became a Journey fan when she saw Arnel Pineda sing the same old songs popularized already by Steve Perry and Journey decades ago. It made me think that either she was too busy seeking “genuine” sources of commentary or Journey wasn’t her cup of rock afterall. Insert a new frontman of the same ethnicity as hers, and she’s in a “whirlwind romance” with the band and Arnel. Oh boy…..
Here’s another bandwagon jumper who claims to be all about soul/jazz/hiphop jams. Yet she feels compelled to show “some Arnel Pineda love” just because she’s a Filipina. If Pineda was not a Filipino, she wouldn’t show some “love”.
Separating the bandwagon Filipino “fans” of boxing from enthusiasts might be harder since boxing has some major roots in the country. Nonetheless, one only needs to check out the PhilBoxing Forum to see the bandwagon jumping. Manny Pacquiao has 49,000 threads dedicated to him while the general/world boxing topic has only 32,000 threads about it. In addition, one could sense that the average poster there couldn’t give a damn about boxing outside of “Pambansang Kamao” (national fists), Pacquiao’s often cited nickname.
Bandwagon jumping is a universal trait not restricted to any race or ethnicity, but Filipino bandwagon jumpers comically highlight their pathetic poser acts. For instance, poser Filipino”fans” of Journey have been known to wave Philippine flags at Journey concerts. That’s right, flag waving at a concert! The spirit of rock and roll deteriorates more and more as Filipinos can’t manage to hide their poser buffoonery. Read more about flag waving here and here.
Despite all that nonsense, there’s a bright side to this. There are a few Filipinos who call out and criticize the Johnny-come-lately idiots. If you consider yourself an intelligent Filipino, do us all a favor and don’t tolerate the embarrassing actions of your own kin. Tar and feather those guilty of such offense. It warms the heart of this writer that there are Filipinos who can look beyond ethnicity in terms of fandom. Instead they focus on the talent and other qualities of the people that they idolize
FINAL NOTE Once again, this writer asks for the 9000th time, would Filipinos even give a damn about Manny Pacquiao, Charice Pempengco, and Arnel Pineda if they were Thai?