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Painting Taken for Granted

It has been quite some time since I have posted anything on to this blog, as I have been stuck in the quicksand of procrastination. This in itself is its own, P-word article, but that’s not what got me writing again.

As I was reading some posts on another source of quicksand (Facebook), I came across a topic that I feel should be talked about. I may open Pandora’s proverbial box (say that 10 times fast) by doing so, but that’s exactly why I feel I should write about it. For reference purposes, let me post the source of controversy here:

There, in all her bridal glory, is Toni Gonzaga. For those reading this who are outside the Philippines, or are not Filipino, or simply don’t know who she is, Toni Gonzaga is among the Philippines’ influential (this is debatable) celebrities. Google her name and her Wikipedia profile will mention that Forbes Asia names her “The Most Powerful Celebrity in the Philippines”, although I personally doubt that.

So, now that we’re done with the exposition, let’s build the action and make it rise. What is she doing to the painting? Some idiot will say : “Making it famous by using it in her prenup shot?”. I don’t need to stress on how wrong that answer is in so many levels. A more level-headed person will objectively say that “She has her elbow on it”. And here is where the can of worms is now open.

She has her elbow on a painting. What painting is that? I don’t know, and I don’t care. Is it a piece of art or some reproduction? That’s beside the point. Is it a fake? It doesn’t matter.

The point is plain and simple. She is Toni Gonzaga. In a country where entertainment is pretty much the same as governance, that is a big thing. She can pretty much wear pyjamas to work and her fans will say that it’s the new style. I’m not saying she does, just that if she chooses to do so, it’s a possibility.

She has her elbow on a painting, and as Toni Gonzaga, she basically is telling everyone, all her fans, all her haters, all her critics, and everyone else in between, that “It is alright to do this”.

“Now, wait a minute. Aren’t you overreacting just a little bit?” asks our friendly neighbourhood idiot, once again opening his mouth for the sake of argument. I have taken people to the National Museum enough times to say that even if there are ugly “DO NOT TOUCH” signs all over the place (suggesting that Filipinos need to be told what not to do before considering it wrong), PEOPLE WILL STILL TOUCH THE EXHIBIT PIECES. Paintings, Sculptures, Plants, Rocks, What-have-yous. If it’s there, PEOPLE WILL TOUCH.

Personally, I cannot just sit by while this subliminal message is allowed to go viral. I think, therefore I think I should say something about it. If I don’t, then there’s a slight chance that the people who see the photo do not imitate her. But, I won’t let Mr. Murphy get the better of the situation.

See, it does not matter if the painting is a Van Gogh, Amorsolo, or by some unknown. Putting any part of your body ON the painting like that is not right. This could damage the painting either by tearing the canvas, or by melting the paint. The ignorant people out there will not know that she did it to a tarpaulin reproduction just to complete a shoot like that. And shame on the photographer for not knowing better.

So, what are YOU going to do about it?

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43 comments on “Painting Taken for Granted

  1. Kai Fortuno
    June 10, 2015

    It was probably the photographer’s idea and the bride was just following what was being asked of her. But I understand your point, she is a public figure hence people might think that putting elbows on paintings is

    • thepeeword
      June 10, 2015

      Thank you, yes that was my point. I have nothing against Toni Gonzaga as a person, or celebrity. It’s what she did that I think deserves some correction.

    • pogi
      June 11, 2015

      It doesnt matter who’s idea was it. She should know better as an educated person.

  2. Kai Fortuno
    June 10, 2015

    It was probably the photographer’s idea and the bride was just following what was being asked of her. But I understand your point, she is a public figure hence the “masses” might think that putting elbows on such work of art is something acceptable. The bride should have had the initiative to revert to a different angle/pose though, unless she isn’t aware that doing such pose may be offensive.

  3. Dala ng photographer yung painting. Hindi sa National Museum yun. Please check your facts first before ranting.

    • thepeeword
      June 10, 2015

      There is nothing in the article that mentions that the painting belonged to the national museum. This rant is about what she did to the painting (famous or not, real or not) that sets a wrong tone to the public, saying that acts such as this (putting any part of your body on the painting) is alright. THAT is why this article was written. So yeah.

    • Kepsz
      June 10, 2015

      Yes mam. Nothing in the article stated that from National Museum ang painting. The writer is just saying that as a public figure, who has a lot of followers(which I assume, including you)must know that putting a part of your body on a painting was not a good image for the public. Kasi baka isipin ng mga tao, ok lang yun(gaya mo)

      • thepeeword
        June 10, 2015

        Exactly, Kepsz. Thanks.

        Don’t get me wrong, readers. I have nothing against her. I am just against what she did. This is not a personal attack. I just have to say something about what has been done, because if nobody does, then it’s as if we all accept that what she did was right, and I cannot stand for that.

  4. Michelle
    June 10, 2015

    According to the photographer:
    “The National Museum is very strict with their policy and they didn’t allow us to shoot inside the galleries. But we made the best of the situation by making a gallery out of the places they allowed us to shoot. We prepared our own busts and paintings to create an in-gallery feel outside the galleries.”

    http://weddingsatwork.com/blog/toni-gonzaga-paul-soriano-and-their-pre-wedding-shoot/

    • thepeeword
      June 10, 2015

      It’s not about whether they shot in the Museum, or they brought their own props. the point is that she put her elbow on the painting. This may be fake/a reproduction, but her doing so shows the public that “it’s ok”. I believe the article is clear on that.

      • Elenna Nielman
        June 10, 2015

        hahaha! nakakatawa! So parang wag na din gumawa ng movies na may nagpapatayan kasi baka akalain ng public na “it’s ok”? LOL!

      • thepeeword
        June 10, 2015

        Movies have the MTRCB and the rating scheme specifically for that purpose, Elenna.

      • Jon Snow
        June 10, 2015

        “Yung solo ni Toni na nakahawak sa painting? It was partly to keep it from falling. Hehehehe!” and I just quoted the photographer. 🙂

      • thepeeword
        June 10, 2015

        Face palm quote from the photographer. But thanks for sharing.

  5. Gracie de Gracia
    June 10, 2015

    Perhaps this post from Weddings At Work will help you understand what happened during the photo shoot: http://weddingsatwork.com/blog/toni-gonzaga-paul-soriano-and-their-pre-wedding-shoot/

  6. candy adolfo
    June 10, 2015

    laki ng issue neh! big deal…may masabi lang..pinoy nga naman…

    • thepeeword
      June 10, 2015

      That’s precisely the reason why this country is in the state it’s in right now. Indifference.

  7. Anonymous
    June 10, 2015

    You said that you have nothing against her personally but seems not like it. When I take a look at her photo, it doesn’t even cross my mind that its fine to touch or do anything with the painting. You seem to be really over reacting so I don’t really think you have nothing against her personally.

    • thepeeword
      June 10, 2015

      No, nothing against Toni personally. I’ve made no mention nor criticism about her acting, her hosting, or her character.

      Just because you don’t see anything wrong with the photo, does not mean that there isn’t anything wrong. That’s precisely why I wrote the article. I want to point out what is wrong. If I were to just let this be, then I would be doing more harm than good.

      • Moon
        June 10, 2015

        You’re the one who’s doing more harm than good by making this a big issue. I think that maybe you may be thinking little of the people implying that they may do this too because she is a public figure. Believe me, you are overreacting. Stop it. Museums and galleries have rules and people obey them. Trust in the people more dude.

      • thepeeword
        June 10, 2015

        Trust in the people may or may not be there. But I’m not leaving to chance the possibility of blind imitation.

      • KC
        June 10, 2015

        I have seen A LOT of people touching and even scratching paintings on an art exhibit. It was horrible and when you start calling their attention regarding what they did, they will just laugh at you because they think that you are not cool. seriously people

  8. Elaine v. C.
    June 10, 2015

    ..i totally understand your point..i’m a hardcore artist and hardcore means a sensitive one at that..i consider my artworks as part of me..if that’d be done on one of my works,i’d be damn hurt..

    • thepeeword
      June 10, 2015

      Glad you understand, Elaine. Thanks.

    • Syl
      June 10, 2015

      I am an artist too! I play with colors to make my paintings alive. I put my heart and my soul into my works but this…an elbow on my painting is an insult!

  9. bea
    June 10, 2015

    share ko lng po opinion ko, idea ng Metrophoto yng pose hindi ng model/artist. Im agree at di ko rin gets bakit sa painting. Usually pag tingin nila ok ang edit at subject wla ng consideration sa part na yan, mraming photographer pag free ang offer sa artista kahit mali like yng pose n gnwa ng artista pwede na keri na kase sikat nman. kung hindi nman sikat yan nonsense gawin topic yan dba at hndi mo mppansin kc ordinary n tao lng.

    • thepeeword
      June 10, 2015

      Thank you for your opinion, it is highly valued. Yes, as I mentioned, the photographer should have said or done something about it as well.

      Actually, I would still treat the issue the same, but yes, it’s because she is well-known that this has blown-up to this proportion.

      If this was done by some unknown I probably would just talk about it with friends and rant. but because this photo will definitely make the rounds of the net, then it will reach millions of people. Thus, something has to be said about it.

  10. eszze
    June 10, 2015

    If it’s a painting inside my house, can’t I do that?

    • thepeeword
      June 10, 2015

      Eszze: if it’s your own painting, and you don’t mind that the painting gets damaged, and you don’t show other people or tell them that it’s ok to do that, then go ahead.

      But we know that’s not the case here. Even if it was brought in as a prop by the agency.

      • gennie
        June 11, 2015

        Follow up question: and if I took a picture of the same act and post it in social media, you will react the same way?

      • thepeeword
        June 11, 2015

        If I saw it, I would. But it probably will not have as much noise, unless you are a celebrity, in which case you’d be just as influential to the public.

    • pogi
      June 11, 2015

      If youre safe keeping a work of art, you would have known how to treasure it. Touching a work of art is not one of them, let alone resting an elbow on it. Most galleries in Europe doesn’t even allow flash photography, thats how they value these little treasures, arts represents culture and humanity.

  11. Marie
    June 10, 2015

    She probably had no idea at all that what she did was actually offensive, thus, she just posed according to instructions.

  12. madctarroza
    June 10, 2015

    The fact that people care more about the actress over the instance that this behaviour might trigger others to traipse around galleries and museums poking at culturally & economically valuable art just makes discussion about this kind of phenomenon essential. It /is/ their shoot, it /is/ someone’s prop painting, but not all people outside the inquiring masses engaged in this discussion will know that it is a fake, and I don’t want to insult other people’s intelligence but I’ve seen the Abueva at the CCP’s open house get STRADDLED by visitors, despite the danger it posed to their persons. The public tolerates celebrities’ shenanigans and most imitate them, so to post an opinion regarding this shoot was very necessary. I thank you for this article.

    • thepeeword
      June 10, 2015

      You are welcome, madctarroza.

    • aya
      June 11, 2015

      i second to that.

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  14. soundofhope
    June 11, 2015

    Siguro kung sa U.S. yan nasisante na ang photographer. naisip ko lang i’m not sure. but good read tho’ it’s nice to read may tao pang tulad mo thepeeword.

  15. aya
    June 11, 2015

    looking at it in a n artist’s point of view. it is kinda disrespectful.
    whether or not this was taken in an actual museum(or gallery)..
    whether or not it is an actual artwork or a copy or whatnot.

  16. Dolly
    June 11, 2015

    What’s really more disturbing about this photoshoot are the comments on this thread. What celebrities (who are admired by millions) do in with their lives is often immitated or thought as acceptable by their followers. It is not acceptable to touch any work of art as it may cause damage. In this case whether the image on thr frame is faux or real, sets a bad example. Plain and simple. So, thank ypu for sharing your opinion.

  17. joy
    June 11, 2015

    She and the photographer needs to use common sense and learn to draw a line between respect and being vain.

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