14 Apr COPYCAT: Watch the epic fail performance of Megan Young’s dress mapping ala JLo

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JUAN SAYS: This is the problem with us Filipinos, our claim on creativity. When we see something on international television, watch it over and over again on youtube, we rip it off and make a poor copy of what worked, and send it down the drain to an epic fail. There is a certain integrity and originality required for creativity, that we believe. And to many Pinoys, ripping off is the way to go. Integrity? What is that?
 
This isn’t the first time that Pinoys have done this, a rip off, tweak it a bit, and hope against hope that it will work. On a Sunday show on GMA-7, the talented writers and producers thought that JLO’s visual 3D mapping concept will look as good on Megan Young’s production number. Sorry, but it is an epic fail to say the least. Nakakahiya sobra! Unang una, 3D mapping nga ang ginawa kay JLO, and not merely a play of lights and projected images on her dresss as what they did on Megan. Why use this concept, when this has been done and watched by millions and millions of Pinoys and foreigners alike. Wala na ba talaga tayong maisip na iba? Wala na ba talaga tayong paghuhugutan? Kulang na lang slide overhead projector ang gamitin para crude kung crude!
 
Yan tayo eh. Tamad mag-isip. Kopya na lang ng kopya. Yan na talaga tayo eh.
 

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This incident reminded us of what Marc Jacob once said in an interview with Vogue:
 

“You know, I am an older person now, I’m going to be 52 in a couple of months,” he acknowledged. “But I look at young fashion and it seems like it’s all the same – the idea of what is edgy or cool. It’s style with no substance; it doesn’t really seem born of anything. I don’t see the rebellion or edge in it. It just looks like a cliche: salad oil in the hair, Frankenstein shoes and the trappings of punk and all these other things.”

And it isn’t just fashion that is getting affected by the lack of soul in ‘creativity.’ Everything has become so accessible that it is easy to copy a concept, call it your own. Or worse, just copy a concept and think that it will work just because.
 
Back in 2012, Yohji Yamamoto told WWD that designers were losing true creativity via their wi-fi and 3G connections.
 

“We are losing those young people because we have too much information by media,” he said, “especially (through computers). We can see everything at the same time, so already they are spoiled too much. So when we have talk sessions with young designers or students, I tell them: ‘Be bright. Your eyes have become dirty.”

 
We are more than disappointed. We are appalled by this segment. There is no more pride in hugot nor is there excitement in creating concepts that we can call “our own.” Whoever thought of this should be FIRED. Seriously.

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