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Sunday, September 04, 2005

KBL Press Release: Showbiz Industry's Contribution to the Decay of the Peoples' Minds (July 2004)

By General Madrigal and Malou De Guzman.

Mga kababayan,

Minsan ay nag-shopping ako sa isang Filipino shopping center dito sa tinatawag ninyong sentro ng kapitalista at imperyalista (USA) nang makarining ako ng kakaibang musika na ganito ang tugtog: "ispageting pataas pataas ng pataas, ispageting pababa, pababa ng pababa" at inuulit ulit ito kahit na "ad nauseum" na.

Pinuntahan ko ang pinanggagalingan ng kakaibang musika na isang tindahan ng mga tape at CDng Pinoy at tinanong sa tindera: "Sinong kumakanta niyang kanta na yan?" at ang sabi niya sa akin: "Sir, ang sex bomb dancers ho. Sikat na sikat sa aten yan." Sabi ko, "ganun ba?" at napailing na lang.

Bumagabag ngayon sa aking kaisipan kung bakit ang isang kantang walang kakwenta-kwenta, walang kalatoy-latoy at walang katorya-torya ay patuloy na tinatangkilik ng mga mamamayang Pilipino.

Ganun na ba kalala ang kawalan ng talino at panlasa ng ating mga kababayan? Bakit nila patuloy na pinabababa ang lebel ng kanilang pag- iisip? Ito ba ay sumasalamin sa kakayahang pangsining (o kakulangan nito) ng ating lahi?

Isa lang pong halimbawa yan ng nagiging epekto ng pananamantala ng mga nasa industriyang "showbiz" sa murang isipan ng kabataan at tumataginting na kamangmangan ng masa.

Kung inyong titingnan o papanoorin ang mga palabas sa telebisyon ay makikita ninyo na ang mga palabas na tulad ng "Oki-doki-dok", "Yeah Right Whatever" (Colonial mentality gone bad? Pampatuwa sa mga konyo wannabes?), o "Wattamen" (Tangna anong klaseng pamagat yun? Pampatuwa sa mga bobo?), ay makikita ninyo na ang mga "jokes" nila ay napakababaw at estupido at nababase lang ang popularidad nito sa pagpapakita ng susu ng mga seksing babae, pang-aapi sa mga "pangit/bobo/may kapansanan" at pagpapacute ng mga artistang lalaki (kung matatawag nga silang lalaki kahit para silang mga babaeng haliparot kung umarte at mag ayos ng sarili).

Ang kayamanan ng ating bansa ay ang ating mga mamamayan at ang pangunahing humuhubog sa pagkatao nila ay ang kanilang pag-iisip at kultura. Ang kultura at pag iisip ay nahuhubog ng edukasyon at mabigat na naiimpluwensyahan ng sining.

Hindi natin maikakaila na ang tao ay nangangailangan ng aliw. The masses are susceptible to cheap entertainment because of their limited understanding and comprehension. The Showbiz Industry exploits this by using shallow humor, insipid scripts and producing shows that have little value other than being showcases of ugly/disabled/dumb people being kicked around by handsome hunks who are constantly fawned upon by vapid bimbos in bikinis.

Songs are made to have little profundity in their lyrics unless that little decagram of it comprises of cheap double-meaning sexual innuendos. The battlecry of the twisted-clown makers would be: "Pander to the ignorance of the masses! Feed the baboons their own lice! Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin let them listen to the music that comes easy so they can follow the crowd --- to drown in the depths of ignorance and have their souls plunged into the lowest recesses of Hades. And still, we shall be rich!"

Masses don't have true choices really. How many of them have access to Discovery Channel or HBO where quality shows are? After tired days at work they have nowhere to turn to but the tube. But primetime TV is inundated with the kind of rotten concepts that are being sunk into people's consciousness. Little girls would want to be the females that they see who are either vitriolic emotionalist drama queens or the classic bikinied dumbasses. Males meanwhile, would either be the slapsticked jesters who they think are cute or the hunks who are nothing more than faces and bodies that fade as time goes by.

Between intellect-nourishing books and garbage that is easy to digest, the masses would gravitate toward the latter and if it is garbage in, it is garbage out. All sectors are affected by this slow cancer. This disease that creeps in while many would choose to blind themselves and others in defense of the status quo. False pride and knee-jerk defense mechanisms that cloud minds to realities until they become too staggering to stop its dire consequences.

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