Another reason why Willie Revillame should rot in hell

March 27, 2011

This video is just downright sickening to watch.  The boy gets humiliated by Willie Revillame, the ever cocky and arrogant host. If it is not disturbing, then I don’t know what is.

This Inquirer article sums up what happened:

THE REASON Willie Revillame is famous is clear. He gives away stacks of money. So many people want to be on his show. To dance, sing, laugh, and yes, even to be laughed at, and made fun of.

To many, that’s okay. It’s a fair trade-off. You get a prize, after all. You just have to join the fun, to laugh and smile.

But then here comes this little boy, Jan-Jan, who’s not following the script.

He’s not laughing. He wouldn’t smile. And tears are flowing down his cheeks – as he is twisting his body around to a Snoop Doggy Dog rap tune, pretending to be a little macho dancer.

It doesn’t appear to bother Revillame.

“He’s even crying,” the host says, laughing, “Ganyan ho ang hirap ng buhay ng tao. [That’s how hard life is]. Of course, he will dance like a macho dancer despite his age for his beloved family.”

“Pinahanga mo ako Jan-Jan. … Ibang klase ka Jan-Jan. .. Meron kang ten thousand! [You’re great Jan-Jan! You get ten thousand]!”

He hands the cash over to the little boy who stuffs the money in his pocket.

But he’s still not smiling.

Maybe Revillame is thinking, ‘Hey, I already gave him the dough,’ so he goes for another round. Jan-Jan does another dance.

“May luha pa iyan ha. [He’s even got tears] .. It’s like the movie ‘Burlesk Queen,’” Revillame says. The camera shows the studio audience laughing, all having a great time.

Meanwhile, Jan-Jan still has a somber look on his face. Still no smile. He just keeps dancing.

 

And it mentioned most of the sentiments of concerned viewers:

… the clip of Jan-Jan just struck a nerve.

Maybe because we know that when we let children be humiliated in front of millions of people, when we let them be subjected to that kind of torture, we somehow degrade our soul as a nation.

Heck, let’s be more direct on this: We have a big problem if it’s OK for most people to let a big shot TV host treat a child like garbage.

 

Perhaps Jan-Jan’s father is also at fault here… but most of the blame should go to Willie. He should not have asked the poor boy to dance over and over again (while making fun of him) on national TV!

So there goes another reason why shows like Willing Willie – shows that promote the culture of mendicancy – sucks.

And yes, another reason why Willie should rot in hell.

 

 

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