A Distasteful Man Called WILLIE REVILLAME
“A rude nature is worse than a brute nature by so much more as man is better than a beast: and those that are of civil natures and genteel dispositions are as much nearer to celestial creatures as those that are rude and cruel are to devils.” – Margaret Cavendish
From the very beginning, I never really liked Willie Revillame much more Wowowee. I never introduced my child to watch him neither pronounce his name and would often get upset at our helpers or nannies at home whenever they would watch the show with my daughter. I mean it is alright for our nannies to watch Wowowee then but only when my daughter was asleep or not around. I always thought he was a very rude, distasteful man who would want to win the hearts of the poor through their own weaknesses: money. Everyone praised him as if he was the God when no one ever thought that these monetary gifts came from sponsors. And I was right in the first place when he threatened to resign at ABS-CBN just because a reporter was criticizing him. Well, who is he not to be criticized? Willie thought he was the God until the gods of ABS-CBN came down to judge him.
Another powerful man in the name of Manny Pangilinan came and rescue him thinking that Willie Revillame could give fame and fortune to TV 5 through another variety show dubbed as Willing Willie. This time around, they tested the market by doing it on a time slot when every local channels would air news and teleseryes. Brilliant but not enough. Since then, many had despised Willie. His actions revealed that he is not only a crass but a person who was tagged as, “walang utang na loob.” A Filipino statement that means someone who is ungrateful. Yes, he was ungrateful to think that many years back, Willie Revillame had already lost everything he had. Fame, fortune with so many debts to pay and houses forfeited by the government. ABS-CBN gave him more than he ever deserved. Much more that even the powerful TV network could no longer tolerate Revillame’s rowdy behavior.
Proof of this behavior was when he posted a big billboard of his new show at TV 5 Willieng Willie at his vacant lot (supposedly Will mall) right in front of ABS-CBN. Another crass attitude that he showed was when humiliated his best friend, John Estrada during the opening of Willing Willie because the latter was offered an opportunity to work for ABS-CBN as one of the main hosts in a new noontime show Happy Yipee Yehey. The very ill-mannered Revillame showed on TV just exactly the type of person he is when he got upset at a best friend and promised not to attend the wedding as John’s “best man.” And he never really did.
The most recent behavior that he showed totally got everyone furious when he placed a six-year old boy in such a humiliating situation. Willie Revillame was so desperate to win the public’s interest that he had totally gone mad and ran out of control. His being insensitive and uncivilized was caught on cam and has gone viral. In fact, it is now a public issue. As a parent, I can never imagine a child being dragged on national TV to dance like a macho dancer much more when tears are running down his eyes already. On the other hand, Willie Revillame should not be the only one to be blamed on this. The parents must also answer this issue because it is very apparent that the father (who could be gay since the child confirms that he works for a parlor) was the one who taught his son to do the indecent dance. He didn’t even think that he was putting his son to such humiliation.
Today, I am just so glad to read that DSWD is doing something about this issue. In an article that came out at Philippine Daily Inquirer written by Leila B. Salaverria, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman had written a letter to TV 5’s Manny Pangilinan and asked him to rebuke Revillame for his “insensitive and deplorable actions,” and not to allow young children to appear in Willing Willie and other shows that cash in on the plight of the poor. She even added that, Revillame taunted the dancing boy, nicknamed “Jan-Jan,” as tears streamed down his cheeks. “Persuading a little child to dance sexy adult dances in exchange for a measly sum, while he is being laughed at and ridiculed will definitely traumatize the child,” Soliman said in her letter.
It was also noted that Willie Revillame and the rest of TV 5’s Willing Willie apologizes for such act saying that it was never their intention to humiliate or abuse the six-year old Jan Jan. They even made a lame excuse such as, “the boy appeared to be sad or even in tears, not because he was being forced to dance, but because he felt the dance was ‘serious’ and he was playing a role. He did not want to smile because of his missing upper front teeth and because of the presence on the set of former basketball player Bonel Balingit whom Jan-Jan thought was a scary ‘giant.’”
Don’t call me bias. I may be but these are just mere recounts of issues behind the real Willie Revillame’s stupid acts and behavior. You be the judge.