Stand up comedians would be the worst liars and hypocritical jerks you can ever imagine. I run out of adjectives to define someone who would concoct tall tales and self-deprecating humor and insult himself, his mother, his wife, even his god to elicit laughter from his audience. Yes, laughter is golden. Such playacting, looking so contrived and phony is the comic’s way of making a living and interestingly, the ones who have the audacity to tread into vulgarity and over exaggeration often score the highest points. Being brash and borderline controversial makes a comedian interesting and appealing. George Carlin was one comedian who would trash his subject with no holds barred. You would cringe when you watch his stand up session dissing obese people like they’re an aberration of society. HBO’s Bill Maher is also one present day comedian who fires disparaging remarks at will to make his case with a politician he disagrees with. With his scathing criticism of the sex scandal cases committed by the church, you’d wonder why up to now the Vatican hasn’t sued him.
Hyphenated Americans – Paul Rodriquez (Mexican) and Margaret Cho (Korean)joke about their respective cultures, sometimes to the point of cynicism but no one cares. I guess it is OK to make deprecating jokes about your own people, your culture but not OK when you make fond of other cultures. Black comedian Chris Rock is who one comedian who can diss black and white people with his jokes but comes out relatively unscathed. Styles makes fights they say. I guess Brock has a certain style that works to his advantage, somehow restraining people from strangling him.
Recently comedian Adam Carolla expressed his intense frustration of not seeing the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happen, blamed Pacquiao of sabotaging the deal, calling him idiot, illiterate, overly-superstitious like people in his country who pray to “chicken bones”.
Were Pinoys incensed by Carolla’s scathing remarks about Pacquiao ? We’ve seen some intense and fiery name calling on both Pacquiao and Mayweather on boxing websites, forums and blogs and no one made a big deal about it. Except for the defamation lawsuit the Pacquiao camp filed on the Mayweathers and Golden Boy productions, no one talked about suing or censuring anyone . Things got a little dicey when Carolla fired this volley :
“They got this and sex tours, that’s all they have over there. Get your [expletive] together Philippines. Jesus Christ. I mean, again, it’s fine to be proud of your countrymen. But that’s it? That’s all you got?”
This is what I think incensed the entire Pinoy nation, rallying people to call for Carolla’s scalp. Carolla apologized to Pacquiao when he realized the indignation he brought on people with his comments. Pacquiao accepted his apology. The Fil-Am community doesn’t think Carolla is sincere though. They want a more severe censure from CBS radio on Carolla. What must we do with this SOB ?
I’ve trolled the forums and the reactions were mixed but I sense that the majority couldn’t sleep with Carolla’s allegedly slanderous remark and want his head cut off. Some demanded Pres. Arroyo to defend the country and others called on a national anthem line “ ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo” and defend Pacquiao, its national treasure, to the death. Others went the academic way, justifying why the Pinas became a Catholic country from its pagan roots, quoting definitions from the encyclopedia. Seriously now, are obnoxious comedians really worth our belabored arguments ? Are they worth worrying about?
Presidential spokesman Gary Olivar showed dignity and class when he responded with an official statement and called Carolla an ignorant fool who belongs to a sick minority in his country:
“His statements carry zero weight for us. We will not dignify it by demanding an apology. In fact he should apologize to his fellow Americans for giving them a collective black eye,”
One interesting reaction was this comment from a staffer of a boxing website :
I’d say Adam Carolla has a grasp of the Filipino psyche,” wrote Andre Sagovia also on BoxingHistorian.com. “Satire is supposed to be funny, but often isn’t. It is the ugly truth of reality. And that, mga kabayan ko, is just how Adam Carolla sees us. He’s free to express what he thinks so forget about it and get a life.”
Has Adam Carolla harmed us or simply rattled our cage real hard ?
With the suprisingly 20 deg C+ weather this weekend, we decided to spend the Easter weekend at a resort 3 hours away up north and do a little fishing on the lakes and rivers along the way. It was the first time my little girl learned how to cast with a spinning reel. She was ecstatic to catch fish and I may have successfully indocrinated her with fishing as she had been bugging me to go out this weekend 🙂 Unfortunately the outdoor activities of the resort was still closed. We did a little tour of the maple syrup farm the resort operated. With only about 2,000 liters being produced annually, one could consider it a hobby farm but I was extremely pleased with my Maple Syrup 101 crash course. Much has changed since the early days when the natives boiled maple sap to produce sugar. Nowadays, healthier and tastier 100% pure mayple syrup can be produced with better technology. Approximately 1 liter of syrup can be extracted from 40 liters of sap but gone are the days of the cans. Plastic tubings now collect the sap from the trees, feeding them into the tank via gravity. Simple boilers and evaporators are used to extract and refine the syrup. I also learned that 100% maple syrup doesn’t freeze. It is amazing how much things we get from mother nature, from such as the lowly and ubiquituous the maple tree. Now when I pour my maple syrup on my pancake I can appreciate the labor that went into producing such a wonderful treat we take for granted. This Easter weekend was just plain family fun on a nice spring weather and I enjoyed it immensely.
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