• Jun 15, 2009

    “Whoever feeds you is your god.”

    More than a month ago, posters of Willie Revillame with the phrases, “Capitalist Whores” and “Wow pera!”, have gained for itself its own popularity among the local media and the general public.


    I have to be honest in saying that I have a personal bias against works with socio-political sensibilities, but this is definitely not the case with the Willie posters. In the process of all the sensation, the posters have elicited quite a number of reactions, and to me, these reactions are quite funny.


    Here's one: The media and the local authorities were quick to brand these posters “Anti-Willie”. Are they really? Not entirely, of course. It's not hard to believe, even without asking the artists themselves, that these posters were not so much an attack on Revillame as they are a commentary on the sorrowful state of the Filipino poor.


    Wowowee has grown for itself a Whoever-feeds-you-is-your-God culture, and the media would not like to admit that. Instead, they accuse our street artists of being grammatically incorrect. Are the media and the authorities stupid enough not to know that the word “whores” is a noun in plural form, and therefore can not be used to describe a singular such as Willie? You may call us vandals, but we are not idiots, so FUCK YOU.


    I applaud these artists for shoving in our faces the painful reality of our times, not a romanticized telling of a story that is all too common in the newspapers.


    -KOC