Mala Malu, Nuestra Senora de la Matapobre

I disagree with Tingog.com and his otherwise worthy anti-Malu campaign, on one, single, point of principle: I’m not for firing people on the basis of what they write. So boycott as you please, but I don’t support having anyone fired. Why not take her travel photos and run a Mala Malu photo caption contest instead? Loads of fun and extremely educational.

Here, you can play with these charming photos and add your own captions:

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This all reminds me of something I noted on November 4, 2006, concerning the daughter of a Singaporean MP who snapped, “please get out of my elite uncaring face” in response to the angst of another Singaporean. Revisit muddynights and then see the odd joker and The Intelligent Singaporean, and then top off your visit to Tomorrow.

The Spanish have a maxim for everything, but for cultivated Filipinos of an older generation, one of their all-time favorites (my father used to quote it to me whenever he thought I was being rude) was:

Lo cortes no quita lo valiente.

It means: One’s valor is never diminished by one’s courtesy. But of Mala Malu and her que asco columns, I think I’ve found a word our elders would have thought fitted her to a “t”: a more cursi set of opinions would be hard to find.

Thanks to this great find, you don’t have to guess what our elders meant by using that word –cursi– to describe the Mala Malus of their generation:

In his book Cassell’s Colloquial Spanish, A. Bryson Gerrard explains his British take on the word:

“A colloquial but widely used adjective meaning something like ‘socially pretentious’; it describes people who give themselves the airs of a higher social class, non-U pretending to be U. When applied to things, e.g. furniture of clothes, it contains the idea of noveau-riche. High-class houses in the best Spanish tradition are furnished with an aristocratic simplicity and restraint, and the gaudy, ornate Empire-style furniture which you sometimes find in city apartments would be described as cursi. I once heard a Spaniard say of a friend’s tie iQué corbata más cursi! He was being facetious but i wondered what an Anglo-Saxon might have said … ‘What a fancy tie!’ … ‘What a pansy tie!’ … perhaps ‘What a ghastly tie! since it was not a compliment. Affectation, pretentiousness, excessive ornamentation are all involved.”

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    • BrianB on August 20, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Yeah, the French hates mata pobres. Really hates them.

    • BrianB on August 20, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    One pretentious socialite about another pretentious socialite. And read the comments.

    http://www.bryanboy.com/bryanboy_le_superstar_fab/2007/08/malu-fernandez-.html

  1. Brian, her connections speak for itself. she’s a columnist bec of that. Not bec of her writing prowess or the lack of it. Unlike Manolo that earns his pay not bec of his name, but bec of the ideas he brings forth. if there is someone who should have a better claim of being part of high society, it should be him, not her, who obviously has no class at all.
    Obviously, the reason MST is doing little to take disciplinary actions agst titatita, is that her pieces has actually sparked interest in their rather “unnoticed” publication. So notoriety is better than nothing at all. i would even take a wild guess that their circulation went up from all this furor and that people are now watching her divaness’ columns more closely for future matapobre probings.
    God! are we really so bereft of talented writers that people like Malu are paid handsomely for CRAP like that? and you’d have noticed it too, the way our TV shows are going. good writers are more of an exception than the norm. and its not for the lack of them. just the well-connected elbowing out the more talented.
    and its not just in this industry, but everywhere else that this is happening. is it any wonder then that the best of the Filipinos left the Philippines to have their talents noticed elsewhere?

  2. From Lorna Lardizabal-Dietz’s comment on Tingog.com
    (hope she won’t mind me lifting it)

    Maayong Buntag, gikan sa San Francisco!

    I’ve sent an e-mail to my friends in my press club, Riyadh, London, and other Filipino global leadership who are focused on helping OFWs, informing them about this latest Filipino blogosphere’s fracas. I totally believe in the empowerment of Overseas Filipino Workers and Overseas Filipinos worldwide — that this outrage about a columnist being accused of bigotry (re: OFWs) got my attention. Truly, I think Malu Fernandez doesn’t know what it’s like to be living in a foreign land as a contract worker or a visiting tourist where the sight of any Filipino is a welcome antidote to homesickness. What if I were to tell you that some OFWs and nurses in Europe told me last year (during my visit to London) that they have problems with nurses having an arrogant attitude toward the domestic helpers who had arrived before they did (in the early 1970’s). “Social class” discrimination is probably unique to the Philippines and similar developing countries. There is a shared truth among ethnic journalists and other media professionals here in the US: that we represent the VOICES of our communities, when mainstream media oftentimes doesn’t look at our in-language, in-culture news as “news” — because we’re considered minority populations. That’s precisely why ethnic media umbrella organizations such as New America Media exist.

    I’m mentioning this perspective because Malu Fernandez needs to understand that, with her supposedly insouciant observations about OFWs, she comes out being perceived as shallow-minded, ignorant, and disempowering. Malu, you’re also making our work in helping promote and implement Filipino empowerment worldwide a lot harder. With your flippant comments, you seem to be saying that OFWs are not important, thus they don’t need to be honored. Many of us who live overseas want to be sure that OFWs know their rights in any foreign soil that they consider home for a contracted time or permanently.

    My call to action for Malu Fernandez would be a public apology and a writing assignment for her: To work as an OFW (a domestic helper would be good!) — and who goes through the process of being recruited, going to the CFO offices, etcetera. The whole enchilada!

    People are calling for her resignation BUT I think if her newspaper sends her out on this kind of writing assignment for three months, and evaluates her article as publishing-worthy or not, then that resignation would be a more potent solution by then — and who knows, her credibility could still be restored!

    Inasmuch as I deplore Malu Fernandez’s excuse of using “dry wit” to keep her audience entertained with her “Louis Vuitton” eyes(”eyebags”), and understanding the uproar among media colleagues and bloggers, I would rather practise compassion and ASK MALU FERNANDEZ TO LIVE THE LIFE OF AN OVERSEAS FILIPINO CONTRACT WORKER FOR THREE MONTHS AND WRITE ABOUT IT.

    Then, and only then, maybe we will know if Malu Fernandez understands why we treat OFWs as our modern-day heroes. That is, if her gold, open-toed sandals will survive her personal OFW journey.

    • vic on August 20, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Whatever, don’t ever send Malu to Canada, because we never treat our OFWs here any differently than landed immigrants or any others and after two years of continuous working they are eligible for landed status. or maybe it is a good idea, for she will learn how to live in society that tolerate and accept diversity and espouse such ideals in her future writings… bring her on…

  3. No Vic, since her aversion to Dubai or Middle East OFWs are more obvious, and to domestic helpers as well, I suggest that’s where we send her and have her working as one.

  4. I’m all for telling Malu Fernandez that she made a great mistake writing that article. However, I’d rather that our fellowmen refrain from throwing invectives at her. Why should we give her more reason to think that we cannot even settle an argument with wit and intelligence? Why should we go down to the level that she thinks the middle class belongs?

    • niki on August 20, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    hmmm…this is waaay better than reading stuff thicker than a magazine 🙂

    seems to me that ms. fernandez is cooped up in her “elitist” world and chooses to keep things that way. unless she opens her eyes (herself) she’ll never see the way that other people do, much less feel. is she’s as self-absorbed as she appears to be in that column of hers, she might actually be loving all the attention. but i do hope her editors are doing something about this. or were they among ms. fernandez’s friends who found her article “hilarious”?

  5. not worried about one Newspaper folding down, one will rise to take its place and provide more employment, even a better one…

    From the responses on Malu’s bigotry, we can see where the commenters are coming from.

    My work experience is bridging the gap between management and labor or employer versus employee at the least possible cost and less traumatic for stressed employees.

    You just don’t fire people without due process.

    You just don’t fire people just because the complaint box is full of hate letters.

    In the enticement of new capital investment, the most important question i entertain when a project proposal is being deliberated upon is not the ROI,not the IRR but the employment that it is going to generate and the raising of the standard of living of people in the community where it is going to be located.

    Destruction mentality just for a single individual’s fault
    is a sign of immaturity.

    • Rom on August 21, 2007 at 12:22 am

    everyone:malu’s comments may rankle and hurt. but isn’t that what the freedom of expression is all about? free speech is there precisely to guarantee this kind of retarded writing.

  6. Manila Standard may be assessing where the noise is coming from. From the OFWs themselves or from people who may not like their political leanings?

    As I read blogs which join the bash- and- bust Malu until she’s fired advocacy, I believe that many of these blogs do not even have the right to cast the first stone.

    There is one blog that regularly denigrate the Filipinos as third world country citizens. And I do not take the articles as witty and humurous.

    Besides did you look into the demographics of people buying Manila Standard? Only a selected group, unlike inquirer and GMA7 where the readers come different income brackets including the emerging new middle class, the OFWs.

    Newspapers which do not cater to the mass-based market like the tabloids derive the bulk of their income from ads and corporate/organization subscriptions.

    You do not see Tempo or People’s in offices which offer reading materials at the reception room.

    When ex-President Estrada tried to “kill” inquirer, he addressed the boycott to the advertisers.

    • Bencard on August 21, 2007 at 1:19 am

    ca’t & rom, i fully agree. as the sun shineth equally on both the just and the wicked, speech is protected no matter how hateful and irrational, unless impinging on individual right or national security. malu’s comments cannot be any worst than the criticisms heaped upon the “elites”, the “trapos”, the “administration legislators”, the military, the “taipans”, even supreme court justices (when they vote in a “politically incorrect” way), the pro-abortionists, the gays and lesbians, and, of course, the ruling class of the moment.

    i think, generally, the response to malu’s newspaper article in this blog is emotional as opposed to intellectual – another showcase of filipino’s tendency for targeting the messenger on account of her absurd and unpleasant message.

    ca’t, your observation that it is a matter of “immaturity” is right on the money. malu’s comment was despicable but the general reaction to it was nothing to be proud of either. evil triumphed again by generating another evil far worst than it was to begin with.

    • -dz on August 21, 2007 at 2:03 am

    Whatever. Say what you want Malu, invoke your right of Freedom of Speech. Just don’t LIE to world.

    I read your article in People Asia and you said “I hate going to the beach because of bugs and mosquitos and the sand…” The is straight up LIE my dear. It’s not about mosquitos, it’s not about sand between your toes. It’s about you being grossly overweight! Whether you admit it or not, there is no Signature Swimwear Brand that could make you look halfway decent and to me that’s the only reason for hating the beach. Plus we all know mosquitos love munchin’ on the fatties. 🙂 Girl, being pasty is OUT, you as Fashionista should know that, spend some time in the sun will you?

    I would have considered you an ICON in the leagues of Imelda Marcos and Baby Arnes until you spelled Marc Jacobs Mark Jacobs, Annick Goutard Anik Goutard, called Jo Malone a HE and wear an ADIDAS sneakers on the beach?

    Next time also, stay away from RUBY TUESDAYS, girl, you know that is a factory of TRANSFAT, go ask Bryanboy his diet secret, definitely no eating at American middle class chains…

    Oh, never ever fly COACH, for pete’s sake! Traveling for rich people is all about convenience my dear, rich people would dare not think about saving a dime in to comprimise convenience and privacy. Other than that stay fab my dear. Tah tah!

    Your girl,
    Paris Hilton

    HOW’S THAT FOR BEING PRETENTIOUS?

    • vic on August 21, 2007 at 2:05 am

    cat & ben,

    Section numero uno (Section 1 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom) from the country of immature:
    Limitation of rights:

    The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

    And under the Criminal code of Canada, publication in any form, unless for religious discussion or for the prevention of such hatred, of any material that promotes hatred or humiliating a group of people because of race, ethnicity, colour or religion is a Crime…and these limits had already been upheld by the courts that’s why you don’t see the immature and the elitists showing or bragging their so-called elitists attitudes just say what they want, even if they want to, because they could liable both criminally and civilly for their big Mouths.

    by the way, we also stop using prefixes or appendexis to our names, like atty so and so, engineer so and so, my name, CPA so and so, unless of course in the signs of businesses and letterheads, but i still call my doctor Doc, especially my two siblings. hehe…

    • chichi on August 21, 2007 at 2:33 am

    I just can’t understand why the editors let the article get published. Columnists have the prerogative to choose the contents of their articles, but to write something blatantly offensive and insensitive is something else. Ano pa nga ba ang trabaho ng mga editors kung hindi mang-edit?

    • Bencard on August 21, 2007 at 2:44 am

    vic, i’m really sick and tired about you lecturing me about canadian law and way of life. we are discussing the press freedom of a filipino under philippine law, the general reaction of many filipinos to what she wrote,and whether such reaction is appropriate in any manner, shape or form, including legality, in philippine context. to each his own. who cares about canadian values and practices? what have they got to do with the ‘price of rice’?

    when in canada, you do as the canadians do, not necessarily because it is the universal standard of propriety, but because you don’t want to get into trouble them.

    • Bencard on August 21, 2007 at 2:52 am

    i mean “get into trouble WITH them”.

    • -dz on August 21, 2007 at 2:54 am

    Malu, this is Paris Hilton again.

    Whatever! Girl what is up with you? You do you LIE to the world?

    I read your article in People Magazine and you said “I hate going to the beach because of bugs and mosquitos and the sand…” And I was like, uh ah! she is straight up LYING! It’s not about mosquitos, it’s not about sand between your toes. It’s about you being grossly overweight! YUCK! Nicole Richie and I agreed that whether you admit it or not, you hate the beach because Donatella Versace or Gucci or Karl Lagerfeld or even Michael Kors does not have a Swimwear line for OBESE PEOPLE! Plus, I talk to Britney and Lindsay Lohan, yes, the famous FIRECROTCH, a call and we three agree you will not look fabulous uncovered. Plus we all know mosquitos love munchin’ on the fatties, so you def need insect repelant, although, Star Jones think that may be bad for PIGS, check the label before you spay it on, if it’s made in CHINA and CONTAINS LEAD, go for it! It’s perfectly safe! It will not only protect your PIG SKIN, it will give you a slimming effect. Not to mention CANCER, that will hasten your weight LOSS, if your ever considering it!

    Girl, being pasty is OUT, you as Fashionista should know that, spend some time in the sun will you? On second thought, maybe you don’t TAN, maybe you get SUNBURN, boy of boy that will make you look like a ROASTED PIG, we don’t want that happening do we?

    I would have considered you an ICON in the leagues of your 3rd World Contry’s Imelda Marcos and Baby Arenas until you spelled Marc Jacobs Mark Jacobs, Annick Goutard Anik Goutard, called Jo Malone a HE and wear an ADIDAS sneakers on the beach? Oh come on! Perish the thought! Posh Beckham will roll her eyeballs when she hears this!

    Next time also, stay away from RUBY TUESDAYS, girl, you know that is a factory for TRANSFAT, go ask Angelina Jonlie her diet secret, definitely no eating at American middle class chains. It is not only a FAT TRAP, PAPARAZZIs don’t hang out there as well.

    Lastly, never ever fly COACH, for pete’s sake! Traveling for rich people is all about convenience my dear, A LISTERS like us would dare not think about saving a dime to comprimise convenience and privacy, unless of course there’s photo-op… Other than that stay fab my dear. Tah tah!

    Your girl,
    Paris

    P.S. I am sorry I have to re-write my first letter, I thought it’ll be more effective if I call on my Hollywood friends and drop their name. Guess I am not smart enough, it’s friend ready the 3 dollar tabloid mags I guess? Who has time reading a book anyway? I’d rather party in Vegas, or Miami or the South of France wouldn’t you agree? Love Paris.

    • BAS on August 21, 2007 at 3:08 am

    It’s obvious that our kontrabida gusto lang magpasikat. I mean she must be very insecure with that pig-ish body. I don’t know if she’s that rich, but there are rich people who take pride in their bodies, and looks. They would go to great lengths, use a substantial amount from their wealth, to at least look good and presentable. Well, if she’s rich, she must have done so to no avail. So nagpapaka-kontrobersyal na lang. I am just silently amused thinking what she must feel reading all the tirades against her. Oh well, maybe she does not read them at all. Still, if she has friends, NAKAKAHIYA!

    • -dz on August 21, 2007 at 3:20 am

    Oh my gosh, I am obssessed with the fatty mc fat! I posted the same letter here: http://www.opmb.com/forums-mb/view_topic.php?id=11044&forum_id=1&jump_to=166596#p166596 complete with pictures! Thanks guys!

  7. from the country of immature:

    Am I talking to the 17 year old again or to the immature uncle?

    I am condemning the lady columnist but I am not for the decision that would affect many lives of people.

    I believe that you do not deserve to hold a position in an organization. Scary. The more if you will become a president. Baka icriticize ka lang ipabomba mo na ang buong village kung saan nakatira ang nagcriticize saiyo.

    GROW UP OLD MAN.

  8. And if this man from Canada can just stop citing Canada for every rebuttal that he makes, he would know that the people are barking up at a wrong tree.
    It’s the advertisers’ silly that can force the publication to react.

    The columnist can always invoke freedom of speech. The management would not act since they may be careful not to set a precedent.

    There are other ways to lose the lady. One is to make her take a vacation.

    In business, we “freeze” the person or send him away for a much needed rest. When he comes back, he will find out that his “horn” has been trimmed by limiting his power or reducing him to a staff position.

    Sorry, my dear Canadian, I am only applying the crisis management experience that I gain due to my title.

    • BrianB on August 21, 2007 at 5:32 am

    “ca’t & rom, i fully agree. as the sun shineth equally on both the just and the wicked, speech is protected no matter how hateful and irrational, unless impinging on individual right or national security”

    People you are all being naive. If it was someone else without connections, manuelbuencamino for example he’d lose his column.

    • tonio on August 21, 2007 at 8:37 am

    hi guys… long time. i see everyone is still as sharp as ever. 🙂

    well, my two cents i guess. malu fernandez is an example of how this patronage-based society can allow practically anything to get into the media.

    mlq3, cursi indeed. in my experience as well, it’s the pretentious who are noisy and garish.

    as for what to do next? who knows? if people will actually not allow this issue to die an ignominious death, some lessons might actually be learned here.

    and ms. fernandez, please, you want acerbic? read the commenters on this blog, who can pull of acerbic far better than you… on a bad day even.

    • BrianB on August 21, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Why can’t older people be more like Tony Abaya or my lolo, especially my lolo’s brother who died a hero during Japanese occupation. Most old people especially those with power are losers and don’t bother acting like it.

    Someone here described me as cynical. No, I am idealistic, that’s why I keep complaining. It’s the corrupt who are cynical. They don’t believe in anything and just go about acquiring more power and more money like devil-possessed termites.

    • vic on August 21, 2007 at 8:48 am

    “And if this man from Canada can just stop citing Canada for every rebuttal that he makes, he would know that the people are barking up at a wrong tree.
    It’s the advertisers’ silly that can force the publication to react.”

    How about an effective Protest or Boycott of the publication’s product or its advertisers’? Could it works too, just asking since you are the expert on this field.

    I’m just a naive Canadian, who don’t know much, just happen to also detect my kind maybe? and there are quite a few around here, but I remember the first posting I made with MLQ I specifically mentioned to Him that I will be posting on Canadian perspectives, when he first asked to give him some summary on Electoral Process here. so just like what Malu Fernandez said if you don’t like it, just don’t read it and since nobody here can fire me out (I could retire anytime, not grown up yet) go ahead and fire me out anyways, just pay my severance..not very much, any Philippine Big Time Politician can afford it in a day’s work… meantime off to work…

    • cvj on August 21, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Vic, don’t mind the Fil-Ams. Keep those Canadian benchmarks coming as we all (including Fil-Ams) could learn from them. Nevertheless, i do agree that Malu Fernandez is protected by her right to free speech. I’m not that sold on the liberal application of ‘hate speech'(although i acknowledge the concept exists) as we can get to all sorts of complications. If they apply hate speech laws over here, it might get turned around and applied against those who are campaigning for Fernandez’ termination.

    • Bencard on August 21, 2007 at 9:31 am

    vic, you can listen to cvj and not mind us, fil-ams. but i, for one, can learn about canada, if and when i need to. just address your “lecture” to cvj – he likes anything foreign anytime, relevant or not.

  9. “Mabuti pa ang bahay kubo, kung ang nakatira naman ay tao. Kaysa naman sa bahay na bato, kung ang nakatira naman ay si Malu.”

    • Anna on August 21, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Here’s something to think about: –

    ON Freedom of Speech – the guarantees of free speech are NOT UNLIMITED. There is only so much you can say which can be considered protected. When speech results in harm or injury or when it is used to spread bigotry and discrimination against a particular class, when it defames, when it results in slander – then it loses the protection of that freedom.

    Check the USSC and supremecourt.gov.ph for the cases, and see for yourself. Free speech is not some protective blanket bigots can always rely on to shield them from taking responsibility for statements they utter or write.

    • inodoro ni emilie on August 21, 2007 at 11:00 am

    what?!? with teddy boy locsin no longer at its helm, you mean the manilasub-standardtoday has readership?!?

    • Jeg on August 21, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Anna: ON Freedom of Speech – the guarantees of free speech are NOT UNLIMITED. There is only so much you can say which can be considered protected.

    So far so good. But then it becomes iffy when you said

    When speech results in harm or injury or when it is used to spread bigotry and discrimination against a particular class, when it defames, when it results in slander – then it loses the protection of that freedom.

    Are you saying these types of speeches should be stopped? Bigots should be muzzled? ‘Defamers’ should be silenced? Who gets to determine what defamation is?

    In my opinion, Fernandez’s stupid drivel is protected speech. And she is being righteously defamed for it.

  10. From Rom:

    everyone: malu’s comments may rankle and hurt. but isn’t that what the freedom of expression is all about? free speech is there precisely to guarantee this kind of retarded writing.

    And that’s why i’d rather not see her fired.

  11. btw, i think bencard’s using the blacks calling other blacks niggers doesn’t apply.

    it’s not about race, but economics.

    one in the upper middle class looking down on poor working class filipinos.

  12. Manila Standard may be assessing where the noise is coming from. From the OFWs themselves or from people who may not like their political leanings?

    Now, THAT’S an interesting theory, cathcath.

    • Jeg on August 21, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    Manila Standard,a newspaper, has political leanings? What has the world come to?

    =wink=

    • cvj on August 21, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    The focus should be on getting the discussion going, not on shutting up the Other. We bloggers, of all parties, would stand to lose if the emphasis shifts to what can be said and what cannot be said. For example, what is stopping an elderly Spaniard from accusing BrianB above of ‘hate speech’? In a similar manner, what is stopping BrianB from accusing Ca T of hate speech? I can understand the passions unleashed, but by concentrating on trying to shut Fernandez up, we have shifted the terms of the debate and as a result undermined the moral authority of the aggrieved party (i.e. the OFW’s) by setting her up as a martyr for press freedom.

  13. I do remember 4 prominent US journalists and personalities resigning (or getting fired) because their actions or comments sparked a controversy that started in the blogosphere (issue was driven by blogs) and slowly but surely (albeit sometimes reluctantly) got picked up by the major media.

    – Trent Lott over his Strom Thurmond comment, resigned as Senate Majority Leader

    – Jayson Blair, along with NYT Editor in Chief Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd. The Raines firing was a big deal. Not often do you see a executive editor of a major newspaper getting fired.

    – Dan Rather, after using forged documents to tar Bush re his stint in the TANG in 60 minutes.

    – Eason Jordan – CNN’s chief news exec (the guy who helped build CNN) resigned over his comments na US soldiers were deliberately targetting media people, without providing proof or backing it up. He also wrote an controversial op-ed piece in the NYT back in apr 2003 called “The News We Kept to Ourselves” re Iraq and Saddam.

    • MK on August 21, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Medyo nakatakot na nga lang when people like someone posing as Paris Hilton starts attacking Malu Fernandez about her obese physique. It was getting personnal na. Racism is the worst kind of hate, but when you jump from her racist remarks to making your own unpolitical judgement of Malu just because she is obese is also racism in another perspective. From the frying pan into the fire, this Paris Hilton look alike(?) has jumped down to the level of Malu F.
    Stop the ad hominems and face the real issues.

    • cvj on August 21, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    John, but Trent Lott is a politician. The others are journalists who are perceived to have lost their credibility because of inability to back up what they reported so they had to resign. Fernandez is just a society page writer so is not subject to such high standards.

  14. true cvj.

    i just cited some examples of media controversies that was first noticed by bloggers, and it became bigger and bigger until ole MSM had to cover it.

    I guess i now know what cathcath meant by her “political leanings” comment.

    http://www.sassylawyer.com/2006/01/24/another-case-of-stolen-blog-materials/#comment-977

    sometimes, you have to create a noise in order to be heard, but you have to know where the noise is coming from. check.

    • ganns on August 21, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    If Malu Fernandez is indeed as wealthy as she purports to be – something we take with a pillar of salt, for what rich woman would dare ride economy – the loss of a column will not sting her financially. One less dalliance for her to consume her days with, and one less society column in the pages of one newspaper and one high-brow glossy magazine, either of which have probably never been read by good number of the people seeking her head. (Myself included.) We are obviously not her ‘target market.’

    No, the punishment being sought for Miss Fernandez – ouster from the Manila Standard Today and People Asia – is not half as horrific as the infamy to which her name is now attached. The sheer online vitriol, sure to spill over into traditional media before the week is through, is probably more than enough to send Miss Fernandez into self-imposed exile! At this point, after so much anger directed at her and her publishers, will Miss Fernandez even want to continue writing?

    At this point, we need to remind ourselves that we must conduct ourselves calmly and rationally. What does it say of us the public, despite the outrage to which we are entitled, if we cannot exhibit the class that Miss Fernandez has obviously failed to demonstrate despite her wealth and pedigree?

    I think the Philippine blogging community has more than said its piece. Malu Fernandez will rue the two days she wrote those horrific twin pieces, as surely as the editors of Manila Standard Today and People Asia will think twice about publishing their columnists’ flights of whimsy and self-congratulatory delusions of acerbic wit.

    Meanwhile, Miss Fernandez must be held accountable for her material and face the consequences of her actions, preferably in the form of her ouster from both publications. Should she be fired, I am sure the call for a boycott of either publication will be rendered moot, and all that should rightfully remain of this event are the decomposing remains of Miss Fernandez’s brief print media career.

    • BrianB on August 21, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    ganns,

    If she has any savvy, she can quickly turn this around by apologizing tearfully in a TV show and then share her personal life like a labandera washing dirty comforters on Ayala.

    She can even be an artista after that. Public opinion in this country is fickle, so fickle, fickling fickle.

  15. jm,

    the case of pcij using happy’s and retzwerx’ cartoons without expressed permission from the two young bloggers was not politically motivated. It was a case of copyright infringement.

    Before sassy’s blog was made in defense of happy, i was already exchanging emails with retz who asked for my help regarding unfair use of his works and sheila coronel for the explanation on her side.

    Sheila Coronel rectified the omission of giving credit to these bloggers in that book published by PCIJ.

    There was no call for boycott, there was no call for rallying of the bloggers.

    I dealt with Sheila Coronel personally. The e-mails are still in my archives. Before that, I called the attention of Alex Pabico’s use of my study about bloggers in the seminar conducted.

    These cases were copyright infringements by the organization affecting two bloggers.

    The case of Malu is entirely a different thing.

    jm, do not compare apple with star apple.

    Prudence is the keyword for the management reaction to any credibility crisis that may affect other innocent people in an organization.

  16. Manila Standard,a newspaper, has political leanings? What has the world come to?

    =wink=

    Are you reading newspapers or just playing naive?

  17. there was no call for rallying of the bloggers.

    I don’t think that’s factual, cathcath.

    http://www.sassylawyer.com/2006/01/24/another-case-of-stolen-blog-materials/#comment-977

    i suggest you read the post above. and try reading the other comments. interesting to see some people’s agenda and other motivations in using that issue.

    as for the non-calling of a boycott, what for? sheila and PCIJ already apologized, unlike you know who. and was even willing to offer compensation.

    And like DJB said, how original were the cartoons anyway? Hindi ba mga screen grabs sa tv yung mga yon?

    so IMO, the pcij cartoon scandal gets a “3” in the outrage meter. the Malu controversy is around “8” or “9”.

    The fact that ms. fernandez not only refused to apologize, but taunted emailers who were offended with her article in her subsequent articles shows lack of remorse, IMO.

    • Rom on August 21, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    john marzan:about DJB’s challenge to originality, the same problem confronted DJs awhile back. By using snippets – or samples – of other songs in their mixes, were they guilty of infringement? I think the consensus that eventually developed – although by no means universally accepted – was that the DJs art consisted of taking these samples and making something entirely new (if a bit derivative). Can we apply the same reasoning to those cartoons? TV grabs yes, but their unique arrangement in the cartoon made the comic strip ‘original’?

    • bw on August 21, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Malu F. tried to be funny with her ‘acerbic wit” which turned out to be wry, tacky humor. Her recount of her supposedly miserable trip to Greece via Emirates Airlines was riddled with inconsistencies. I’ve traveled on Emirates Air and find our OFW’s to be respectable folks who let other passengers mind their own business. OFW’s returning to their overseas jobs are not a rambunctious lot. They are sad to leave their families and such mood is reflected in how they behave on the plane. It is not fair to characterize OFW’s as trapo or vagrants who have no manners. I’ve seen strange things happen on regular trans-Pacific PAL flights from North America to Pinas where passengers take home paltry items such as coffee creamer, sugar packets and left over buns. Only in these flights will you see “ STEALING LIFE VESTS IS PUNISHABLE BY LAW”. These are not OFW loaded flights but why are these things happening ?

    Malu F should have traveled the comfort of first class or business class for that matter if she did not want to rub shoulders with proleat folks. She was obviously on a shoestring budget so she had no reason to bitch. She was the author of her own misery so to speak.

    Lo cortes no quita lo valiente. or “ One’s valor is never diminished by one’s courtesy”. What has this to do with Malu F.’s stuck up , fuc*ed up mentality? Is this supposed to be a justification for her bigotry? What “valor” are we talking about here – the frigging oppressive and racist Spanish mentality that ravaged the entire country?

    If we are unable to fire a cheating President, how much more a pedestrian and pathetic travel columnist ? Was this fat biyatch trying to pull a Rosie O’Donnell stunt to raise her popularity? We can’t do much about a bigot matapobre can’t we?

  18. i suggest you read the post above. and try reading the other comments. interesting to see some people’s agenda and other motivations in using that issue.

    whose agenda?

  19. it is not surprising for happy to consult sassy for his case. She’s a lawyer and happy once designed her template.

    I helped out retz because he was my webmaster at that time. Besides, I was the one who advised him to choose another theme for his blog and avoid politics.

    What’s the agenda? To attack PCIJ? gawd….

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