What is wrong with this line in a novelty song,“Everyday it is always Pokwang’s face that you see.” Nothing, it’s factual. But add another line and say “Everyday you always see the face of an ugly vampire.” And this time, it hurts according to Willie Revillame (Joey de Leon’s rival host) specially if you have a daughter who becomes a laughing stock in school.
But why is Willie getting furious if it’s Pokwang who is the object of redicule, and not him in Joey de Leon’s composed novelty song? Was the Wowowee host’s fury intended to defend a co-host Pokwang, or just making his own show? Willie himself has been perceived by his detractors as having an “acidic” tongue. He too jokes and throws offensive comments to his contestants according to some irate viewers. Is it, really?
So why fuss with the lyrics of Joey de Leon’s composed novelty song? Is Willie trying to get even with Joey– with his sudden burst of emotion which brought co-hosts Pokwang, Valerie, and Mariel, and even the show’s live audience into tears? Is it a sincere act? Or was it designed to make a villain of out Joey de Leon?
Willie stressed the fact that Pokwang and daughter had been through difficult times in life that they no longer deserve to receive such insult. Since the rift is between him and Joey alone, why involve others? Why not hit him alone instead? Or shall we say, why not face each other in a celebrity boxing match?
Well, probably, the inner good in Willie just came into surface prompting him to act in chivalry to defend of his co-host Pokwang. But who knows it may also be an attempt to paint a good image of him?
Politics and Showbiz
The other week the president appeared before national television networks to condemn the MILF attacks to various towns and villages in Lanao del Norte and Saranggani who apparently oppose the government and MILF accord on the MOA-AE. She describes such attacks as “sneaky and treacherous,” and ordered the police and the military to “defend every inch” of the Philippines.
After some 31 people killed, a number of civilians wounded, burned houses, and stolen properties by the marauding rebels as reported, the president went into national television to express her outrage and to allay public fear by personally instructing the police and the military to provide civilian protection. After some setbacks in the negotiation for peace, the president has to show that the government is still in control and shall run after those who killed civilians senselessly, burned their houses, and robbed them of their properties.
To her critics its showbiz time to paint a good image and to gain public support. And what’s wrong with it?
Showbiz and government could not run without people. People make the government stable and functional. Likewise showbiz needs people’s support and patronage for the industry to thrive and survive.
The Common denominator
Showbiz markets celebrities not only of their talents and skills but of their following. And showbiz people are never lacking in intrigues and controversies. Before entering showbiz one has to be reminded that while one may be in the limelight and popularity, he too lives in a world of treachery, intrigues, and controversies. Celebrities are public figures, like politicians and are at the disposal of the people—who may either junk or support them. Politicians are never lacking in intrigues and controversies too. Critics will also look for their tiniest mistakes and polarize them before the media for the public to build opinion pro or against them.
Showbiz and politics need public support to perpetuate power and interest, and the least that celebrities and politicians need is a bad publicity. They both need to project a clean and credible image for people to love and support them. The politicians rely on good performance and a long list of accomplishments for it to stay in power. Showbiz celebrities need good performance too and a high rated show in order to survive.
Yes, showbiz and politics reel on outstanding performance and publicity, but central to it is a good PR to maintain a credible and pleasant image while experiencing various kinds of intrigues and controversies. Power and fame, it’s lonely up there isn’t it?