Willie Revillame has once again created a controversy. I am not surprised by this since his showbiz career has been very controversial. This time the controversy is focused on Willie Revillame reaction to Cory Aquino’s burial.
As we all know Cory Aquino, loved by millions of Filipinos was buried last August 5, 2009. While the funeral procession was going on, ABS-CBN showed the burial procession side be side with the popular variety show WOWOWEE.
The format of WOWOWEE is all about having fun. The show is filled with laughter, games and dancing.
So imagine this, while the people in the ABS-CBN studio was having fun, shouting, giggling and dancing, the people outside the studio several kilometers away were grieving and crying in the funeral procession of one of our most loved former leader. Worst the funeral procession was shown side by side with WOWOWEE. Talk about that being oxymoronic!
In response the show’s host Willie Revillame, reacted to this situation. Here is his statement in Tagalog:
“Sandali, meron akong ano . . sa atong ano . . . hindi naman sa ano. . . kasi hindi siguro magandang tingnan pinipakita nino iyong . . . nag sasaya kami tapos pinakita nyo iyong. . . I don’t think na dapat ipakita iyan management. Eh mahihrapan akong magsalita dito nagpapasaya ako nakikita ko iyong ano ni Tita Cory. Sana pakitanggal naman muna ‘yan sa ating traffic. Kasi kung ganyan pakita nalang natin ‘yan kasi nagsasaya kami dito tapos masakit sa akin yan. Nagsasalita ako ditto . . . yan Pls, sana maintindhan niyo, nagsasaya kami dito papakita niyo sa amin yun. Diba? Hindi tama eh okay?”“Hay nako. Pangit. Hindi maganda ho sa atin nagsasalita pinapakita yung kabaong ni Tita Cory. Diba? Paano kami magkakapagsaya nahihirapan kami? I’m sorry ho ah pero ako totoo ako eh. ‘Wag niyo akong papagalitan…Pagkatapos ng show pakita niyo ‘yung gusto niyong ipalabas. Kasi itong Wowowee gusto ko at alam din ni Tita Cory ‘yan kasi napasaya din siya ng show na ito na laging masaya dito. Okay?”
I have tried to translate Willie Revillame reaction to Cory Aquino’s burial in English for the benefit of everybody. This is not a literal word for word but I have taken into account what he really meant by what he said. More or less this is what he said:
“Wait first, I have something to say, I don’t think it is appropriate to show that (referring to Cory Aquino’s burial) we are having fun here and then you show that. I don’t think management should show that. (side by side with the show) I am having a difficult time trying to let the people have fun and then I see the burial burial procession of Tita Cory. I hope that traffic will remove that. If we really want to show the burial procession then let’s just shows the burial procession. . . . Seeing that is really painful for me.There, (When the inserted frame of the burial procession was removed) Please, I hope you understand me. We are having fun here and then the burial is shown to us. I don’t think its right ok?Oh my goodness, It’s not a very nice that I am speaking here about being happy and having fun and then we are showing the casket of Tita Cory. How are we supposed to have fun? I am sorry but I am just telling the
truth. I want to be truthful I hope you won’t reprimand me. After the show, you can show that if you want to show that. Because in Wowowee (Referring to his show) I know and Tita Cory knows that the show is all about fun, as she used to watch the show and she knows the show is all about being happy and fun. Ok ?”
Honesty speaking I don’t see anything wrong with what he said. In fact he was right and should even be commended. Whoever was in charge of production or T.V traffic at ABS-CBN at that time really had a bad taste. I’m sure this was an honest mistake but it was really the fault of production or traffic not Willie Revillame.
People all over the blogsphere who have a negative view of Willie Revillame reaction to Cory Aquino’s burial seem to have missed the point. They see Willie Revillame as arrogant and insensitive. I don’t think he was. I think these people have over reacted. In fact I see of Willie Revillame reaction to Cory Aquino’s burial as the most sensitive thing that a Cory Aquino fan could ever do for the late President. So my response to these people is try read between the lines. Don’t focus on the “letter of the words” being spoken by Willie Revillame but rather focus on the intention or the “spirit” of what is being said.
Sure, Willie Revillame should have waited for the commercial and then told production or traffic what he felt about it without making a fuss in national t.v. Another thing is that he could have chosen his words carefully and in order that he will not be misinterpreted.
But there are several reasons why he could not have done any of the above and why he blurted out like that in national television. First, It was probably too painful for him that he couldn’t wait for the next commercial break to come in. Secondly, he just said what he felt at the time and failed to see the possible consequence of what he and that it will be misinterpreted by people. I’m sure he could have had chosen his words carefully, but this was an out of the blue reaction and not a pre-arranged speech.
While some people may condemn Willie Revillame reaction to Cory Aquino’s burial, I don’t. In fact I commend him for what he said although I would prefer that he should have not said it in national television or that he choose his words carefully. Well somebody should at least be brave enough to rebuke the ABS-CBN management, production, traffic or whosoever is responsible for such bad taste in television production or lapse in judgment.
Anyway to all those that are mad at Willie for blurting out like that, don’t be mad as you might get lots of acne and will be hassled to get acne treatments hehehehee. 🙂 Ang galit pangit !
By the way if you want to see the youtube video of Willie Revillame reaction to Cory Aquino’s burial, click below: