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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?
What P word would you wanna talk about? Let’s hear it