Set aside morals and ask this, “Do we want Willing Willie back on air?”
I will attempt to post only five questions that will help me answer not just the sentiments of the recent controversy because that’s too shallow but to look at the show’s merits (and other shows for that matter) and see if this show has any worth to the public.
- Does it make me happy?
- What am I laughing about?
- Is it right to laugh at people?
- What – about the people – do we laugh at?
- Do we laugh at their jokes or is it because of how these people look?
Entertainment is like a weapon. The purpose may be for good use but if used for something else, it’s damaging. A good book said this, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Imagine what Janjan was subjected to when the whole TV5 studio were laughing at him? How many ‘swords’ pierced him when he was talked into more lewd dancing? Who knows how much damage the public inflicted on him? Surely no one knows – not even a psychologist can precisely say.
The advertisers/show sponsors should hold fast in their values and look for other means to promote their products and services. It’s a lie that Willing Willie is the only show that can give the public the awareness they need to promote their products or services.
We can offer the “mahirap na masa” (poor masses) something much better than laughing at their condition.
We set aside morals but in this discussion we can’t set aside values.