I love e-mails like this! Thanks Clare for sharing your picture with Marky Cielo. Marky says thank you to all the readers of Pinoy Rickey. You’re welcome Marky!
Medyo naawa ako ng konti sa mga ibang housemates from Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition. Aldred Gatchalian quit after one week, while the rest of them stayed in the house, trying to get as much TV mileage as they can to hopefully build on for a showbiz career after the show. Well, it looks like all you really need is a bit of x-factor (surprise!) to get some gigs in showbiz. As I said before, the housemates (and StarStruck survivors for that matter) are only entertaining for as long as they stay in the context of being a housemate. There is no telling what will happen after even if they had some good moments in the Big Brother house. As Aldred is now proving in Crazy for You — if people like you, you’re going to get a break. At ang galing ni Aldred ha?
I know a lot of our loyal readers here in Pinoy Rickey already know this, but I just have to go on the record and say that the most negative, disgusting, hurtful, bigoted, out-of-control comments I have received in my blogging life — comments particularly hurled towards my person and nobody else — have been from individuals who clearly identify themselves as “Filipinos”. This is interesting to me because I live in the U.S. where bigotry and hate knows no bounds. There are many categories that I fall in (Asian, Filipino, Chinese-looking, gay, immigrant, low-income) that are targeted by many organizations (not just random citizens) here in the U.S. — politicians run on platforms to “eradicate homosexuality from the face of the Earth” for example — and thousands of people vote for them. For starters, I’m routinely called a “chink” when someone calls to me here in the poor area where I live in New York, and have been victimized by racial-profiling in security checks in the airport way too often. So it is surprising that of all people, Filipinos specifically are having field day with me in my blogs — even using the fact that I am Filipino to bolster their insults.
It happens here all the time in Pinoy Rickey (ABS-CBN fans mostly, I think), and it also happens in rickey.org. Sometimes, I feel I have to stop mentioning in rickey.org that I am Filipino because these Pinoy Rickey-haters seem to be empowered by this for some reason. And nakakahiya. You don’t need to understand Tagalog to get a gist of a comment. So in a way it kinda speaks bad for Filipinos since, aside from being rude by writing in Tagalog in an obviously non-Tagalog blog, they also happen to speak negatively a lot.
Another disappointment is the constant fighting. It’s okay to argue, but most of the time, I’ve noticed that Pinoys get personal very quickly. In the end, it ceases to be about “Rickey liking Gerald because he sings well” but rather “Rickey likes Gerald only because he is gay and likes young boys”.
Ewan ko ba. Last year, and I’ve talked about this a lot, when I decided to identify myself as a Filipino blogger, I decided to “give something back” to Pinoys by blogging about the Filipino TV shows I all of a sudden was watching after I got DirecTV. I didn’t need to, but somehow, and again of course I’m being arrogant, I wanted to show that no matter how insignificant a Pinoy Pop Superstar weekly contestant might seem, someone “out there” still thinks they matter. And why not? The Internet has opened up possibilities we couldn’t even imagine a few years ago. The very fact that some of you who are living in the Philippines rely on my screencaps and video clips which I make all the way here in New York City is amazing enough.
Anyway, I just thought I’d let that out. In fairness, I have noticed that people have calmed down a bit (I think), but I would hope that Pinoy Rickey readers would respect each other a little bit more. The problem that I see right now is that because some ABS-CBN fans believe that I am a paid hack by GMA, they think it is open-season to lash out at anybody (not only me) with impunity. Some lang, hindi all — there are a lot of sane ABS-CBN-leaning viewers out there who just have not had the chance comment since most of my posts have been favoring our “earthy” GMA boys. But I still try… I post about Sam, Piolo, Aldred and the other Gerald when I can.
O sige, yan na muna. Nag-sermon na naman ako. I think I’m being emotional again — that time of the month! LOL It’s okay naman to wish that things were different diba? I wish that Filipinos would treat each other with more respect not only online but in real life.
Thank you mga Kaisip! Avisala!
It’s now time to reassess my views on Philippine idol. I really wanted this show to succeed because I am a big fan of American Idol, and my rickey.org blog feeds heavily from the popularity of that show. ABC-5 might think they’ve produced a good show in Philippine Idol since the challenge from ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Dream Academy did not happen. But PDA was going to fail no matter what because it was a poor concept to begin with, and its demise has nothing to do with the quality of Philippine Idol.
I think that ABC-5′s failure to target the masa (unlike GMA’s StarStruck) is a fatal mistake. Kung sino man ang elitistang tumatakbo ng Philippine Idol ngayon, I’m telling you, it is pretty much your fault why Philippine Idol isn’t doing as good as it could have with the ratings and the Filipino public. They’re probably looking for an Ariel Rivera-type of winner for this competition — which unfortunately, is not going to get you the fanatical following the Idol franchise is built for. You really have to look for a Nora-Aunor-type-figure here — someone who will sweep the nation, and not just your college batchmates. Plus, most of the contestants are “mature-looking” which eliminates the young girl/gay boy vote — the ideal set of people who frantically text vote for their idol no matter what. In fact, there’s this one contestant Jelli
Mercado Mateo who has a DOM appeal about her — and I’m not surprised because, apparently, ito yata talaga ang tinatarget ng ABC-5, mga DOM! It’s hard to get excited about this bunch of contestants since they look tired, worn-out and generally not fresh.
There’s pretty much nothing that will save Philippine Idol this season. You reap what you sow: there’s not much you can do with the set of singers they chose. Plus, all the judges have been supportive! Where’s the, I’m sorry, pero wala ka talagang x-factor no matter how hard you try comments?
Anyway, bottom line is, Philippine Idol erroneously targeted a non-existent AB-market and is paying for that mistake with the lack of excitement from the public and poor ratings. The fact that it wasn’t called Pinoy Idol to begin with should have told us something — now we know why: ABC-5 doesn’t want anything to do with the “cheap” masa. So right now, no one cares about Philippine Idol — but they should because its Philippine Idol. It takes a true incompetent person to have botched this, and he or she is sitting somewhere in the ABC-5 studios.
My fearless prediction is Miguel Mendoza (remember my neighbor from Ayala Alabang?) will be the winner because the text-voting factory we’ve setup over there virtually guarantees it. I didn’t think it would have been possible to buy yourself the Philippine Idol crown, but since the audience is so small for this show, money, and not talent is a bigger factor in winning. Miguel Mendoza will be the next Philippine Idol, with Kenneth Dingle as runner-up. Let’s compare notes in a few weeks.
Now you know why Mr. C is appealing to the public to vote. But since nobody is watching, it’s all moot. Miguel and Ken’s families are trying to buy the title with text votes and they know it!
Stef and Drae out!