Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Striptease by a Boy

For those who aren't in the know, a game show, famous for showcasing the different talents of its audience/contestants, before letting them play a certain game, asked a little boy to demonstrate his talent. He then took the centerstage and gyrated to some music. It is the same dance a macho dancer does to tickle the fantasies of his audience!

The host's initial reaction was shocked, bordering on amused, and but he later on enjoyed it, but the audience's initial reaction was more shocking -- they went wild and egged on the boy to dance more!

I saw the actual episode of a game show when it was aired weeks ago and I thought that it was not in bad taste but it was also disrespectful of the rights of the child. (No, I don't watch the show, but I was just clicking on the remote and I saw the part) However, I watched it because after that, the host asked the boy who taught him to dance like that. And if I remember it correctly, he answered that it was his Tita and Papa. And the camera panned on a woman who was clapping and dancing her heart out, cheering the poor boy.

I don't think that it is just the show and the network and the host who are at fault. We also have to look at the parents/ relatives of the child who taught him to dance that way, in the first place! They could have just asked him to dance the macarena or declaim, but no, they taught him to do a macho dancer's dance and it is revolting!

Maybe, we also have to look at the social conscience/morals of the country. This has a lot to do with what is acceptable to us, Filipinos. If one would review that episode, the people were entertained by the boy's dance. And those people are there not only to get entertained but to try their luck and probably bring home instant money, which, nowadays is hard to come by. So, going back to the boy's parents, I think they taught him that to have a greater chance to get more money from the host. It was an uncommon act, it was funny for them, and the boy is cute. It was an opportunity to make easy money at the expense of the boy. I can just imagine the trauma it brought on the boy but also on the smart viewers out there (children included). And it paid off for them because think the boy was given 10,000.

So, where are our morals now?

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