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Tabloid Nation

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I can’t escape Hayden Kho. My co-workers are constantly updating each other on the latest developments, it’s all over the news (I can’t believe that it made front page of the major broad sheets and that panel discussions are being held on the topic), the sex tapes are being reviewed in the senate (“in aid of legislation” har har har), and even the mayor’s opening remarks to the participants of my workshop in Cavite yesterday were about Hayden and Katrina (because sex scandals are central to the issue of education reform).

There isn’t even anything particularly scandalous about the videos. (I personally thought the highlight of this whole thing was the cheesy dancing to Careless Whisper and not the actual sex, but even that has far outlived its entertainment value.) Are we shocked by Hayden’s behavior? (Did we really expect more from the guy who’s been banging a woman old enough to be his mother for her money?) Are any of the women involved particularly virginal that we’re surprised by their carnal desires? (Isn’t Katrina Halili’s career built on sex in the first place?) Did the encounters involve any weird fetishes? (The sex sounded pretty vanilla to me. No human excrement, amputated limbs, electric eels or anything!) So what’s the big deal, people?

Let’s not even pretend that this is about legitimate issues. It sucks that these women had videos of them taken without their consent but is this really a matter of national importance? It’s ridiculous that national outrage is directed towards Hayden Kho when so many other people have committed much greater offenses against us. I sympathize with Katrina and Co. but really, there are much more grievous crimes against women. You want to talk about women’s rights? Let’s talk about rape and domestic violence and reproductive health and economic gender inequality. Illegal wiretapping? The wiretapping case against Cheche Lazaro is much more serious and more deserving of our attention but she isn’t getting nearly as much coverage as Hayden Kho. With the slew of political, economic, social and environmental problems the Philippines is facing, all this fuss seems like a total waste of our collective energies and resources. I’m not paying taxes so that my legislators can watch homemade porn.

Our obsession with “Haydengate” is such a sad social commentary. Are we Filipinos really this repressed? This shallow and tawdry? It’s downright embarrassing.


Written by Aissa

May 27, 2009 at 5:50 pm

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  1. Lol at the writer of the article. you dont get the point? if you are used to porno,their video is very mild. And why a big fuzz? it is because they are not porno stars and private in nature. to the writer of this article, you will know the impact only if your sister or your mom or your daughter is the one in the video. need i say more? didnt know you are an idiot

    Gerry Enriquez

    May 28, 2009 at 12:41 am

    • Sir, I’m afraid that it is you who does not get the point.

      It is unfortunate that something that is private in nature has been made public. I understand the impact on the persons involved and on their families. That is not the point. The point is, as I stated in my post: “It sucks that these women had videos of them taken without their consent but is this really a matter of national importance?” If it were your mom or your daughter involved in the videos, would you want the entire nation salivating over their intimate encounters and talking about them in detail at every opportunity? Do you think it is acceptable that we have blown up this issue to the proportions that we have?

      A friend commented, “Its also funny how some cities (Palawan, Bohol) are officially declaring him persona non grata…how about JocJoc Bolante and other personalties involved in corruption and other REAL issues of national importance?” Amen to that!

      I can, to some extent, understand the fascination with seeing something that was not meant to be seen. But I personally have no desire to watch homemade sex videos, and the fact that ordinary non-porn star people have sex is not at all remarkable to me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just sex. It’s normal. I think it’s pathetic that people seems so titillated by something so ordinary. I will never understand why people care so much about about who had sex with whom.


      May 28, 2009 at 11:44 am

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