24 Aug What’s The Big Deal?
JUAN SAYS: The front page photo of Senator De Lima on Manila Times last Monday didn’t set well with us . We wanted to give the benefit of the doubt to the editors of the said newspaper and say that it was a harmless bikini photo of the Senator which merits a front page layout, however we are thinking otherwise.
De Lima is in the middle of controversy, with her scandalous sex video and her supposed “boyfriend driver’s” alleged involvement in the drug operations inside Bilibid (thus implicating her too). Truth be told, the photo has nothing to do with the story. But it has everything to solicit vicious comments from tactless bashers talking about her a. body, and b. her audacity to wear a bikini, which, again has NOTHING to do with the issues at hand.
If we were to talk about the context of the photo and not the story, we would gladly say that there is nothing wrong with the photo. De Lima didn’t pose for any men’s magazine wearing that. And if she did, what would be so wrong with that too? De Lima was in a bikini because she was swimming on the beach, and there is no better attire than a swimsuit in such an occasion. Alangan mag-jeans at mag-longsleeves si ate eh di mas lalong nagmukhang gago!
We have found a good number of photos of politicians in their swimwear but it never landed on the front page of any known and reputable newspapers. So the usage of the photo of De Lima leaves a big question mark in our heads. Anong purpose? Anong goal nyo? Sige, push nyo yan.
If the purpose of putting De Lima’s photo on the front page was to shame her, then yes, the trolls on social media did their job. Yung mga saksakan ng gaganda ang katawan na kung makapost akala mo may six pack abs na litaw na litaw, were really active on social media last Monday. And those who are all conservative condemning the Senator for wearing such clothes were all in attendance. Sila na talaga! And if the purpose was to put color on the story of her alleged involvement with her driver, then yes the newspaper won that round too because any woman with less clothes with an alleged scandal behind her would easily be misconstrued by malicious minds, no matter if the context of the woman wearing those skimpy clothes were correct. Yes, Manila Times won that day if those two reasons were their main purpose for putting De Lima’s bikini photo on the front page. But real journalism died. Gossip won though. Shame on us all.