Archive for April, 2010

Sadly, masses of ignorant Filipinos took the bait of  washed up comedian Adam Carolla. A simple glance at his Facebook page reveals that there are enough moronic Filipinos that are more than willing to dignify the flawed points of Carolla. As expected, the Philippine media is happy to add some fuel to the fire and lend a platform to the onion skinned mob to demonstrate their appalling denseness. Ignorance 1, Filipinos 0.

What caught my eye as this writer watched from the sidelines is the reaction of an independent journalist named Fernando Gagelonia. Despite years of working as a journalist, Gagelonia failed to do some research. Instead, he launched into a tirade on Carolla not unlike the Filipino ignoramuses(on the FB account referred earlier) who keep proving what Carolla has ranted about. See for yourself:

Gagelonia should have known better than to stoop to that level. Instead of acting like a siga and a kanto boy, he could have been calmly pointing out the flaws of Carolla’s rants. With veteran journalists like him around, is it any wonder why the Philippines media is so worthless and a good number of Filipinos are (unfortunately) dumb?

No offense to Gagelonia and his colleagues, but even Filipinos who can apply critical thinking regularly can’t just turn their backs to the stupidity of the Philippine mainstream media and its footsoldiers. The socio-economic and clerical elites gain an upper hand when independent thinkers cocoon themselves into a very narrow hole. It might be painful to pay attention to the mass media, but paying attention to it is a necessary evil. Just don’t drink Kool Aid even if the person serving it looks like her or him:

Disclosure: Yeah, the inclusion eye candy for both sexes don’t make much sense, but cut me some slack.  This blog needs a break from it usual fare.


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The onion skinned nature of some Filipinos reappears once again to demonstrate how ignorant some people can be. When comedian and former cable TV host Adam Carolla poked fun at Manny Pacquiao and his pathetic  bandwagon fans, a mob of ignorant Filipinos quickly formed, and is now on a war path with a foreigner who has allegedly done the country injustice.

If one is familiar with Filipinos and how they gravitate to the overdramatic, this should not come as a surprise. In fact, those cynical enough should expect such an incident to occur at least once yearly. Unlike last year when Chip Tsao came under fire for his literate and understated satire piece, the new “controversy” stirred up by another foreigner is less humorous, more direct, and should be equally harmless to Filipinos who can effectively use critical thinking.

To those that have yet to hear or read about the “controversy”, listen to the full audio or read a small portion of it courtesy of AntiPinoy.com:

He says he doesn’t give blood a week before the fight because it weakens him. I am gonna tell you if that was a white fighter or a black fighter from Atlanta, someone will say “What the Eff are you talking about, just give him your blood”. .. He’s a bloody idiot!

Here’s how you know when your country doesn’t have a lot going for it: When everything is about Manny Pacquiao.”

“Imagine this — what if Ray boom boom Mancini went to the Philippines to fight.. and then all that was all the United States was all about… the Unites States will close down when he would fight,… then when he’d come back here — he’d run for President –  then everything will be Boom Boom Mancini mania.”

“Get a fu**in life as a country”

“All you fu**in got is just an illiterate guy who happens to smash other guys in the head better than other people”

“It’s fine to be proud of your countrymen — but that’s it? Get your shit together Philippines — That’s all you got? “

“It pisses me off when other countries just do that whole thing.  There’s one guy, he’s 5 foot 6, he’s 147 pounds, and he’s good at punching other guys in the head, and you’re gonna build your entire country around this guy?”

“Really, you want some guy with brain damage running your country? Why don’t you get your sh*t together?”

“What happens when Floyd Mayweather beats him? Does your country go into depression?”

“You don’t build your life around LeBron James or Tiger Woods.”

Give yourself a pat on the back if you recognize some truths about the Philippines coming from that statement.

It is hard to understand how and why so many onion skinned people can find the statement “racist”. Don’t they know what comedians do? Have they been living under a rock to not know what rocking the boat means? Can they refute Carolla’s point about Filipinos pinning their ethnic and national pride on a mere person who happens to be an excellent boxer?

What this incident highlights is the flaw of onion skinned Filipinos. Instead of laughing and noting the flaws of Carolla’s points, they actually took offense. They’re actually giving a comedian who has seen better days far more importance. By taking the bait, they actually give him a new chance to have an audience he wouldn’t have had, and he used to have a bigger audience when his shows were on the US cable channels.

It’s actually refreshing to hear  someone poke fun at the absurdity of the Pacquiao/Mayweather dispute.  Not to mention the absurdity in elevating a flawed individual to be the anchor of one country’s ethnic and national “pride”.

There are several lessons that the seemingly permanently offended and under siege Filipino can learn out this nonsense:

1.) Humor, recognize it.

2.)   To anchor one’s ethnic and national pride on a broader set of criteria is preferable. Don’t base it on a flawed person

3.) If people are more critical (preferably the constructive kind), people wouldn’t be butthurt if one of us is called out for bullshit, even if that person is the “pride of the Philippines”.

4.)  Strive for marginal improvements which will make the Philippines have more world class athletes  and not be joked around as a place known for sex tours.

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