Wednesday, April 01, 2009

OA's the word

My self-imposed blog break mercifully freed me from the knee-jerk urge to add my outraged voice to the Boyet Fajardo controversy. Now that nearly everyone has burst an aorta over the matter, let me offer my two cents' worth:

There is no question that what Mr. Fajardo did to those Duty-Free employees was contemptible. And that what his dense lawyer said in his client's defense was even more so, for topping cruelty with insensitivity. “Creative outburst,” my ass. A sincere apology would have sufficed, Mr. Fajardo, and this nation of practiced amnesiacs would have found that a good excuse to let go and move on. Instead, you let your lawyer do the talking, which is never a good tactic when basic human decency is involved. Lawyers are supposed to serve their clients' best interests; considering how he has dug a bigger hole for you, why haven't you fired your attorney?

On the other hand, if Mr. Fajardo and his lawyer plumbed the abyss of callousness and tone-deafness first with Mr. Fajardo's revolting on-site behavior and then with his counsel's laughable defense of it, they soon had good company in the murky depths in the form of some people whose response to the incident could only be charitably described as unhinged.

Here, for example, is a reaction broadcast over an e-mail list I'm part of:

That faggot was spoiled by success.. He manifested a gauche manner witnessed by the public. Thus, a persona non grata.

I pity him for he has forgotten to be HUMANE.

If I'm just there, I would spit on his face.


Yeah, calling someone a faggot and threatening to spit on his face is so humane. And so not gauche.

Another letter-sender, all perfumed and puffed up on his sanctimonious high horse, I imagine, managed to divine in Mr. Fajardo's actuations everything that was rank and wrong and filthy in the Filipino:

ABA, MAGANDANG PAGKAKATAON ITONG IPINAKITANG MASAMANG UGALI NG REPORTER NA ITO. NGUNIT HUWAG PO TAYONG BASTA-BASTA MANDUDURO NG HINTUTURO SA ISANG TAONG MAKASALANAN. ISIPIN NATIN KUNG ANO ANG TAMANG GAWIN.

KUNG TAYO'Y NAGPAPAKATOTOO -

MARAMING NEGATIBONG UGALI ANG PINOY - SAMPOL LANG YAN. ISIPIN NATIN MULA SA PRESIDENTE HANGGANG SA KARANIWANG TAO - ANG PAGKATAO NG PINOY AY HIGIT PA SA BOYET FAJARDO NA YAN.

MARAMING NEGATIBONG UGALI ANG DAPAT AMININ, PAG-USAPAN AT DAPAT BAGUHIN NATING LAHAT...


MULA SA PRESIDENTE HANGGANG KARANIWANG MAMAMAYAN!

ANG PINOY AY MAPAGSAMANTALA!

ANG PINOY AY SAKIM

ANG PINOY AY IPOKRITO

ANG PINOY AY TRAIDOR

ANG PINOY SIPSIP!

ANG PINOY UTAK-ALIPIN

ANG PINOY WALANG DELIKADESA

LAHAT NG MASAMANG UGALI NG TAO AY NASA PINOY -

The breathless all-caps rant went on and on, gutting everything in its path from the nation's politics to the educational system to the TV network wars to OFWs to Pinoy rappers to Manny Pacquiao and then to:

KADIRI ANG KANTA NI KUH LEDESMA ! AKO AY PILIPINO ANG KANTA NI FLORANTE AKO'Y PINOY ANG KANTA NI FREDIE AGUILAR PINOY....

Huh?

Let's leave aside the fact that, in his hysterical breakdown, the guy mistook Mr. Fajardo for a reporter (see his first paragraph). Let's grant him, too, the unassailable fact that Filipino society as we've come to know it is indeed flawed, broken, dysfunctional. He may even be right in that Mr. Fajardo's unseemly behavior provides a window into the larger unacknowledged darkness that resides in our collective soul, natch. But to go from there to braying against Kuh Ledesma, Florante and Freddie Aguilar in utter spittle-spraying incoherence?

First, tragedy. Then, farce. It never fails.

The right punishment for Mr. Fajardo isn't a boycott of his fashion creations; there are innocent people--dressmakers, modistas, etc.; what, you thought Mr. Fajardo himself sews those clothes?--whose lives and livelihood depend on his work. The court should order him to indemnify his victims, then proceed posthaste to therapy--with his lawyer in tow. And those two letter-writers above. They all deserve each other.

11 comments:

r-yo said...

amen! he he. honestly, i too was floored by the "creative outburst" defense. that must have been the "stupidest" argument ever concocted by a lawyer. :-)

reyjr said...

i have no clue what this is about. lol. I should get out from under my rock...

Anonymous said...

ikaw gibbs, ano naman ang reaction mo...hindi doon sa comments pero doon sa ginawa ni b fajardo...madalas siya sa inquirer eh

Anonymous said...

Sa theater madami ding mga OA. mayroon ding mga directors diyan sa theater na nagpapaluhod ng mga artista at staff. naturingang sa state university pa man din nagtuturo. nangbabato pa ng silya at bote. hindi ba mas OA iyon. using their powers para mangharass ng iba. NAKAKAHIYA. ke liit liit na nga ng theater, naghaharian pa. di na bago iyang boyet issue.

Anonymous said...

sana nagcomment ka na lang sa ginawa ni boyet fajardo. yung mga nagcomment naman kahit di smart or katawatawa ang mga comments, hindi naman active and action nila . e si boyet, isinagawa talaga ang kawalang modo....

gibbs cadiz said...

well, R-YO, you're a lawyer, i believe you when you say it's a stupid argument--no quotation marks necessary, hehe. :)

REYJR, haha, where have you been? :)

ANONYMOUS 1: you're asking me what my reaction is to mr. fajardo's actuations? seriously? here are some of the adjectives i used in the post to describe his behavior: contemptible, callous, tone-deaf, revolting, unseemly. which part did you not get? or did you really read the post before you commented? :)

ANONYMOUS 2: tama ka, sobrang daming OA sa teatro. teatro pa. so how does it relate to my post? pasensiya ka na, you might have the wrong notion; di ako member ng teatro. i don't have any first-hand experience of what goes on backstage, for the simple reason na di naman ako theater practitioner. i simply watch plays, so i don't consider it my business to be part of the backstage process. now, it looks like mas marami ka pang alam na stories kesa sa akin, and since may hinanaing ka ata against someone or some people for having been hit with a bottle or a chair, ba't di ka maghain ng reklamo sa proper forum, with names properly identified, including yours? as usual, sir, anonymous accusations are mere chismis and innuendo without the courage of your conviction to back them up with your identity. at least the duty-free employees had the good sense to go to court and sign their names on a complaint... oh, i know pala someone na nambabato ng baso during rehearsals. unfortunately, he's gone--mr. ogie juliano. nalaman ko lang because at the necrological services for him at guerrero theater, eugene domingo and another actor satirized it in a skit, and everyone in that packed theater laughed and clapped. mukhang natuwa naman sila na when he was alive, mr. juliano threw plastic tumblers at some of them. maybe you should admonish them for treating lightly what is probably such a grave offense to you? :)

ANONYMOUS 3: so you're saying the reactors are beyond reproach even if their reactions are as indefensible as the original act? pasensiya na, that's not how i see it. almost always, one's reaction to an event says more about that person's character than about the person/event he's reacting to in the first place. let me be clear: i am not in any way diminishing mr. fajardo's culpability. read my post again. but, since people are quick to condemn him and pontificate about good behavior, their response should be held to the same standards they're talking about. walk the talk, as they say. otherwise, that's plain hypocrisy. :)

reyjr said...

holy .. !
When did Sir Ogie die?

He was our director for this little Spanish musical we did in UP back in 1999/2000 (not sure) called La Verbena de la Paloma, (and yes, he did have that reputation of throwing stuff at people, lol!)

Despite that, I did learn a lot from him and really enjoyed my first UP play. :D

RIP Sir Ogie.

Anonymous said...

Reyjr,

Magtwo two years nang namatay si sir ogie. punta ka sa youtube, may mga videos pa nga doon ng performances na ginawa sa guererro theater. namatay siya around holy week time. so umabot ka naman sa second death anniversary niya :).

Yes, he has a reputation of throwing stuff at people, pero at least hindi throwing people. hahahaha.

beektur said...

wala ba sa training ng mga duty-free employees na dapat hindi sila lumuhod kahit kanino man, kahit sa presidente ng pilipinas? wala ba sa training ng mga tiga-SM, Rustan's SMC, PLDT, (insert small-, medium- and large-corp names here) na dapat hindi sila nagpapalait, nagpapaalila at nagpapaaglahi? to paraphrase a folk saying, walang magpapaluhod kung walang luluhod. yun lang pow.

Anonymous said...

ang bayot nga naman pag ginalit mo....hayyyyyy

Anonymous said...

walk the talk? o yan, si boyet fajardo, di lang nag talk, nagpaluhod pa!!!!! ano bang klaseng pagrarason iyan!

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