Despite apology, TV5 and Willie are not sorry

Mr. Willie Revillame, the producers of ‘Willing Willie’ and TV5 sincerely and deeply apologize for the segment of the show featuring 6-year-old Jan-Jan Suan which viewers may have found offensive or in bad taste. We wish to stress that there was never any intention to humiliate or abuse Jan-Jan or any contestant on the show,” said the statement.

“. . .WAS NEVER ANY INTENTION to humiliate or abuse Jan-jan or any contestant on the show,” was TV5’s statement to even justify what Willie Revillame did to a traumatized six-year-old boy.

Is it business as usual? I think so. A popular saying stated this, “Whatever will not kill you will only make you stronger.” It seems like this event will only make – not just Willie Revillame – TV5 bolder and audacious and empower Willing Willie to do more to get their ratings up.

One of the many things the public can do to get their message across is to publicly boycott advertisers of Willing Willie. Can this be done? If the conviction of the public is strong enough to send advertisers that indirectly ‘prey’ on minors by supporting shows like this, then we can see the success of this endeavor.

The question now is – is the public game?

 

Read my previous blog about this matter

Read the oversight agency’s statement about this matter

Read the Social Welfare’s Department statement

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