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Yes, Corazon Aquino is NOT a Slut.

I’ve been a fan of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart for quite a while now. It’s a satire–it uses irony and sarcasm to ridicule. Since the US elections will be held on November 2008, the show has been following the candidates and it actually made a series of “in-depth” reports on Presidential bets such as Hillary Clinton. Some political analysts say that Clinton could very well become the first ever US woman president.

Samantha Bee had a report in one episode entitled “Is America Ready for A Woman President” and makes a parody of Sex and The City. Bee presented several stereotypes on women and to name a few:

  • women like to shop
  • women are not interested in politics
  • women are vain
  • women like gossip, etc.

What sparked the recent controversy is the part of the report which featured a fake Perez Hilton website complete with its signature paintbrush treatment. For those unfamiliar with perezhilton.com, it’s a celebrity gossip site that features photos of celebrities with catty (and usually untrue) remarks stamped on top them. In the fake Perez Hilton site shown in the segment, female political leaders were featured including a picture of former President Corazon Aquino with the word “SLUT”. It isn’t helped with Bee’s voice-over that goes

Other countries had girl leaders for years and while Golda Meir may have fended off Egypt, Corazon Aquino faced down dictators, Margaret Thatcher kicked communist’s ass, still they are women.

This, of course, prompted another barrage of enraged comments from Filipinos around the world.

I don’t get the outrage. Again, I think most people failed to take the scene in context. I watched the entire segment and I did not feel scandalized–I actually felt that instead of insulting the women leaders mentioned in the report, the segment actually poked fun at the Americans themselves. The producers actually made a statement: considering that the US is the staunchest supporter of democracy and equal human rights, it has yet to elect for itself a woman president perhaps mainly because majority of its population still believe in the stereotypes presented in the report.

It’s satirical. It’s IRONY.

My next comment might raise a few eyebrows out there: I actually thought that Cory was venerated considering that she was grouped among the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir. Looking at it as a whole, the satirical report actually paid tribute to these women–that they were considered great and influential leaders despite of their sex.

I understand that a lot of people probably won’t get the humor or the message of the report probably because the Filipino audience isn’t used to these types of shows. The local media isn’t helping especially if we consider how they are reporting about the issue:

The youtube video I found did not include the entire report but it’s long enough for its message to be established. Unless I didn’t get my message through–no, I don’t think Cory Aquino is a slut nor do I think that the Daily Show seriously labeled her as one. Let’s all take a breather and try looking at the bigger picture before going hysterical over a tiny little speck.

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  1. October 6, 2007 at 5:08 am

    Well said. =)

    Honestly, when did Filipinos become so humorless? The brouhaha about Desperate Housewives and now this? It’s all very perplexing, especially since the lines are coming from Desperate Housewives (a show about man-hungry forty-somethings) and Jon Stewart (it’s meant to make you laugh, people).

    Tanda mo yung Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata? I think that show was just as (if not more) politically incorrect than any of the shows currently being targeted by the public, and that was a Filipino show that thrived on lampooning Filipino politicos/pop culture. Tsk tsk. Dapat tama na ang asar talo. =P

  2. October 7, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    If only we have the time to peruse all Pinoy movies and TV shows and compile a list of scenes and episodes depicting our racist remarks against the Americans, Koreans, Arabs, etcetera, it would have shown that we, too, are guilty of what we’re accusing the DH TV show have done, if only to prove a point that we did give worse remarks than that shown in the DH episode.

  3. October 7, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    I guess we Pinoys can dish it out but we can’t take it.

  4. October 10, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Excellent point. I totally agree with you that it’s all just a joke and we Filipinos really do need to calm down and quit wailing about every perceived slight against us!

  5. October 10, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    psychogoddess,
    uhmm, i think we can take it, but i don’t think we have to like it. Americans have always respected it when a person stands up for his own rights and dignity, including the dignity of not finding funny what others do. Racial and national slurs have always greeted every arriving immigrant wave. Irish, Italians, Jews, Greeks, Chinese, etc. Part of the heat required to melt in the pot. But for every action there is a natural reaction, newton said, and I guess it applies to multicultural societies. Worse things have been said of each other than on Jon Stewart’s show. Unlike you, I find him funny only in the same sense as when a child or teenager sticks his thumb in his ear and his tongue out, or shows me his pudenda.

    It is not so much that we don’t understand his joke. Just that we don’t appreciate being used as props for an ad campaign for the candidate who doesn’t shave her chest.

    Capisce? thanks and more power. am a fan of your blog. psychological good bites.

  6. October 10, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    I must confess I also do satire and parody. Check out my post on Bill “Bubba” Clinton:
    http://philippinecommentary.blogspot.com/2007/09/bill-clinton-praises-corruption-queen.html

  7. October 11, 2007 at 8:13 am

    DJB Rizalist:
    Thanks for the insight. 🙂 You’re right, we don’ t have to like it but we don’t really have to go overboard and demand a public apology whenever we feel we’ve been insulted.
    I just wanted to come from “the other side” so to speak, considering how the issue is being dealt with.
    I am more disgruntled over how local media is handling this–I mean, what happened to responsible journalism? News items about this thing just talk about the controversial picture and of course people will take it the wrong way.

    With regards to Jon Stewart…well, let’s put it this way…I won’t mind being mother to his children. 🙂 But that’s just me.

    Thanks for dropping by. I’ve been a regular reader of your blog as well… we may have differing views on some issues but you’re always a great read. 🙂

  8. clare
    October 13, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    i actually felt a little offended by the Desperate Housewives line…but not enough naman to go and demand for an apology. it was a joke that i just didn’t like but that’s it.

    but with this one, i actually didn’t find anything offensive. when you just see her pic with the word written on it, it can be offensive. but if you know what the show’s all about, it’s really no big deal.

  9. October 16, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Yep the show got it mixed up… Kris is and will always be the only slut in the Aquino family.

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