The issue is beyond Willie Revillame being a pompous prick
Its not just his face, his obnoxious voice or his extravagant display of wealth and influence on TV ratings that make me want to punch Revillame square in the face. Why is it that networks wage wars to get this prick on their sides? He’s not even funny. This man is disrespectful in every way and thinks too highly of himself. For all the mess that he has created over these past years, I have yet to hear him accept responsibility for his actions. He is arrogant, immature and is too afraid to admit his faults, perhaps even to himself.
I do not know WHY noontime shows were ever reformatted to their current state of tasteless entertainment. I understand the part of giving money and the games and the bevy of sexy dancers and kooky hosts, but I am completely clueless as to the why contestants have to perform or show whatever TALENTS they have before they play. With or without talent, contestants have to make do with whatever wares they have and bite down humiliation as they sing, dance or act in front of national tv. If people want to show what they are capable of, then they should join TALENT SHOWS instead of GAME SHOWS.
I get the fun in doing something silly as in drinking sprees and parties but to make someone do it for your amusement is not right. To begin with, people who are less fortunate flock to these game shows because they need easy money; not because they want to be artistas or the next singing/dancing sensation. Game shows mean to help, I know that, but they tend to exploit the players’ situation by making them perform when they obviously cannot. Actually, most of what we see on TV is geared towards presenting a challenge and then handing out cash to the victor. But every program has to have a selling point or else every program on TV will be boring and redundant. So do Philippine Game Shows bank on making their players look stupid? To a lot of people, I think they call this ‘entertainment’.
So who is at fault: the industry who feeds Revillame’s ego or Revillame himself?
Now that a lot of companies are pulling their ads from his show, Revillame will soon run out of endorsers who fund the prizes in his show. If the endorser are gone, money will go with them. And with money out, will people still go to Revillame’s side? I think not. You put someone else in Revillame’s shoes, have him throw out loads of cash and people might like him just the same. As I see it, people want him and will stay with him because of money and NOT because of his winning personality, brain-splitting humor and God-given hosting skills. Despite several calls that they have abused the 6 year old Jan Jan, TV5 is willing to back Revillame. And why not, the network has invested a ton of money to buy him on board; they’re still not done milking him.
Revillame has always been bastos and TV Execs are always seeking ways to keep their shows ENTERTAINING but Jan Jan’s parents should have been the primary ones to guard their son from abuse. In the first place, how could a 6 year old boy learn to dance ala macho dancer without anyone prodding or teaching him? The boy could have done something else on the show but that dance routine was probably the product of intensive training under the tutelage of whoever was so desperate and sick to make him dance so provocatively and inappropriately for his age.
Come to think of it, are we also to blame? Perhaps the networks think that we get easily turned on by these spectacles. Sometimes I think that we are also immature in terms of what we want as an audience. And its not just game shows, but the same goes for movies, series, telenovelas, fantaseryes, and actors and the other people we see on tv and tend to worship. I want variety, substance and originality but often we get repackaged, formulated and copied works that are just too annoying to watch. And I beg pardon if I am straying from the main issue here.
But alas, Jan Jan and his family recently confirmed that it was the boy himself who learned the routine. Apparently, the boy was mature enough to decide that he wants to be an artista. Even suggesting that he was supposed to use Careless Whisper as his background music on Willing Wilie. So what, Jan Jan wants to be Hayden Kho? Assuming of course that Jan Jan got the idea from Kho’s macho dancing routine with Katrina Halili. How in the world could a boy his age think of using Kho’s infamous dance? Really, a 6 year old child could do that?!?!? Wow, money does work wonders.