I can’t help but delight in the ManoloQuezonIII-ChipTsao debacle. First came ChipTsao and his satirical take on the Philippines versus China on the Spratlys. Second was the expected general public sentiment that this was racist, unacceptable, and off with ChipTsao’s head! Third, Manolo writes this status on his Twitter and Facebook via Ping.fm: “All the crap …” Fourth, hindi na kinaya ng powers ng bloggers na sina Dona Victorina at Reyna Elena, hindi lang si ChipTsao, kungdi pati na rin si Manolo.
Sabi nga ni Reyna Elena, hindi raw siya maka-move-on, wala naman silang relasyon ni Manolo.
Pero baket nga ba hindi bet ang sinulat ni Manolo. Obviously, this was his real (if virtual) self as well, the kind who would – as many of us do – put what they think up on their statuses, and be ready to be liked or hated for it. Ideally, we can defend ourselves, talk about our statuses and say, “this is what i mean, this isn’t what i mean”. Ideally, that status would’ve been kept within Facebook and Twitter, dun na lang ang chikahan portion, or in this case ang chakahang walang hanggan.
But this came to be treated like a soundbite, and was brought to the blogosphere by Reyna Elena and Dona Victorina, complete with, naku, how shameful for a grandson of a former Philippine president, how horrible that it is Manolo, the credible journalist and blogger, the one who thinks and does research! How absolutely unacceptable! Even more so than ChipTsao. Because Manolo is one of us.
And of course in the beginning “one of us” just meant that Manolo is a co-blogger, a co-intellectual, a member of the elite whose voice has become important particularly in the blogsphere. In the beginning, all this meant was this: Manolo must be taken to task, he must defend his soundbite, if only because in the process of commenting on ChipTsao, he in fact ended up chastising the Filipinos who thought this was a racial slur, over and above the satire.
Manolo didn’t need to apologize. He could have merely explained himself. Because that whole story about being a writer versus a Filipino is what’s crap – how can he even be schizo like that? As a writer, I admired the satire in ChipTsao, as a Filipino I shouldn’t have? Manolo must realize that this is the flimsiest of excuses, and that in fact, he was kidding no one here. Sana inamin na lang niya where he was coming from when he said it, what kind of intellectual he truly is, what his perspective is really. There is no reason to apologize for knowing satire and irony the way Manolo does. Maybe if he thought better about an explanation we would have a more intelligent debate going on among Filipinos about ChipTsao. Did Manolo hate being called elitist? Why the hell so? If you look at the blogsphere, it has become more and more fashionable to be this after all.
I imagine though, that Manolo must’ve felt like he was being pushed against a wall, so napa-retract na lang ng statement ang lola niyo. Because while both Reyna Elena and Dona Victorina were critical, they were kind still. What was unkind were the comments to their blogs, and they could go on and on and on, given the direction in which it was going.
At winner lang ang mga bading sa blogosphere in this way, dahil talaga naman, mapapa-cower ka na lang in fear, hindi kakayanin ng powers mo ang Chakahan101. Lalo na kung hindi ka naman bading in the way that they are, not even a babaeng bakla. Anyone who has read those comments would know that only the gay community can do it, to bring it to the point where matataranta ka na lang, dahil tuluy-tuloy lang. From how you look to what you do, from what you think to where you’re from, from your educational attainment to your present disposition. Ay, more than an OFW scorned, what we must all realize is that hell hath no fury like an intelligent bading scorned. ‘Yan talaga ang good luck na lang sa’yo.
At ayan, Manolo has become victim. But he is so lucky too, because Reyna Elena had the grace to say, o, let’s stop na about Manolo, nag-sorry na siya. Because really, I can imagine this going on and on til’ kingdom come, naku, even Manolo’s future junanakis wont live it down. Kevs that it iz on that level that iz just so… mean and nasty — talagang ini-evil na siya — precisely because it is irrelevant to the issue at hand. Of course this is also the one reason why Manolo could’ve ignored the uproar completely, but well, apparently he couldn’t.
Off with ChipTsao’s head? Chakahin si Manolo Quezon III? Sugod mga Kafatid!