Comedy is a big part of every Filipino’s life. Being funny is in fact innate to us and it can be our means of refuge during difficult times. As what they say, it’s more fun in the Philippines, right? But how would one know when a comedic joke has gone overboard?
One of Philippine’s most popular comedians, Vice Ganda, gets a handful of scrutiny from reporters of nation’s number one network, GMA, after making a ‘rape’ joke about GMA Executive and veteran news anchor, Jessica Soho. The comedian is an ABS-CBN (GMA Network’s direct competitor) talent.
During his concert at the Big Dome last May 17, Vice Ganda made fun about Soho’s weight then made a joke about her being gang-raped.
Ang hirap nga lang kung si Jessica Soho magbo-bold. Kailangan gang rape lagi. Sasabihin ng rapist, ‘Ipasa ang lechon.’ Sasabihin naman ni Jessica, ‘Eh nasaan yung apple?
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I did not laugh at one bit. As a matter of fact, I got offended. Of all people, he managed to pick on a highly respectable news anchor. The whole joke was TASTELESS. When we look back at Dolphy’s life in the entertainment industry, he became the KING of Comedy without reviling other people. Maybe she can ask advice from other popular comedians, such as Jose and Wally, or even Ryzza Mae Dizon.
Of course GMA News reporters vented their anger thru social media due to the comedian’s tasteless jokes and basically treating a very sensitive subject of rape, well, like a joke.
Rape is never funny and it shouldn’t ever be used in comedy. You could’ve done better Vice Ganda. That joke was NOT funny. – Mark Zambrano
Vice ganda should realize that rape is not a joke. That rape is a form of violence. Pls RT hanggang umabot sa kanya. – Maki Pulido
Para kay Vice Ganda, personal ko ito. Hindi joke ang salitang “rape.” Pakiretweet po hanggang makaabot sa kanya. – Jiggy Manicad
On his morning radio show on DZBB with Lala Roque, GMA veteran Arnold Clavio fumed, “Bakit mo binibiktima ang mga taong seryoso sa trabaho nila? Huwag mo silang kasangkapanin para lang makapagpagpatawa. Bakit hindi taga-diyan sa inyo ang gawin mong subject ng jokes mo? Baki hindi taga-ABS?”
What Vice Ganda did to a well-known individual is below-the-belt. I have lost all the respect for him for what he did. For those who are blinded by sheer adoration for Vice Ganda or to ABS-CBN, maybe you should accept the fact that joking about something as sensitive as ‘rape’ is ethically wrong.