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‘Banana Sundae’s’ spoof draws mixed reactions

‘Banana Sundae’s’ spoof draws mixed reactions

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  • ABS-CBN’s ‘Banana Sundae’ attracted controversy for using blackface in skit
  • The Sunday afternoon comedy show is in the middle of a growing controversy after its actors sported blackface to make fun of the Binay family, one of the Philippines’ major political clans
  • ‘Banana Sundae’ uses Blackface, sparks anger in netizens

On April 27, during an election forum organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in a church, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay  and her brother, also her political rival, got into a pretty heated argument. Abby says that her brother said some pretty nasty things to her, including something about her husband Luis Campos, and these all happened infront of their father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

According to reports, everything started when Abby, during her speech, said that the other candidates should stop spreading lies about her, which triggered her brother. When she returned to her seat beside Junjun, the siblings immediately got into it and were separated.

‘Banana Sundae,’ formerly known as ‘Banana Split,’ a gag show that has been around since 2008, did a skit of the entire situation last Sunday.

The Binays are known for their darker than usual skin tone, and this feature have has been made fun of before. The skit showed three people playing Abby, Junjun, and Jejomar, with their faces painted in black.

Netizen Joey Lazaro aired his frustration by posting that “A skit was shown in Banana Sundae with the intent of having a spoof of the Binay incident that happened last week. The show just used black face to portray the Binay siblings including their father, our former Vice President.

Dear ABS-CBN , how could you allow such insensitivity to happen? NOT FUNNY AT ALL.”

The Facebook post has nearly 8k likes and has been shared over 6k times.

Netizens felt that the skit was disrespectful and ‘racist.’ They also criticized ABS-CBN for allowing it to be aired. But a good amount of netizens were not concerned about it and actually found the whole skit to be funny.

Blackface is part of a history of dehumanization, of denied citizenship, and of efforts to justify state violence. In the 20th-century in America, non-black actors used blackface to portray black people that created racist stereotypes. After the civil rights movement, blackface was labeled offensive and  unacceptable by modern standards of political correctness.

Here in the Philippines, unlike in the west, we have no known history of slavery. Nobody enslaved the native Aetas, and they are closest to being black than any indigenous group in the country, and that is the reason why Filipinos still do not understand why the blackface is offensive.

There have been blackface issues in the past, for example ‘Bubble Gang’ making a skit about NBA Star LeBron James, the show ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya,’ ‘Nita Negrita,’ and a few others.

Twitter users had something to say about it too.

https://twitter.com/joshuamontajes/status/1124934576839643136

https://twitter.com/_helloyd/status/1124926657318379521

https://twitter.com/Izeeeett/status/1124928075261546497

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Sen. Nancy Binay: VP Binay’s life story is good material for a soap opera

Sen. Nancy Binay: VP Binay’s life story is good material for a soap opera

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During a press conference with members of the entertainment press on Sunday, July 12, Senator Nancy Binay revealed she is not affected by negative issues being thrown at her family.

Stressing that she knows the truth, Sen. Nancy said that their family intends to focus more on helping others rather than entertaining lies.

“If truth is with us, so why get bothered with all the lies being thrown against us when, alam ko naman, alam ng pamilya namin na walang katotohanan? Bakit namin didibdibin? Walang mangyayari kung puro negative ang mga iisipin namin,” she said.

(If truth is with us, so why get bothered with all the lies being thrown against us when I know and my family knows that these are not true. Why should we let these issues bother us? Nothing will happen if we will only entertain negative thoughts.)

VP Binay’s Life: A Constant Struggle

Photo from positivelyfilipino.com
Photo from positivelyfilipino.com

According to the 42-year-old politician, her father’s life story is colorful enough to be used as a material for films and soap operas.

Prior to losing his parents, Binay experienced a privileged life. In fact, his parents used to call him “senyorito.”

Suddenly, everything was taken away from Binay when he was orphaned at the age of nine. He had to live with his uncle where he served as a househelper.

“Kasi, kumbaga sa pelikula, inaapi yung bida, tapos babangon at magtatagumpay. So, yun ang kuwento ng buhay niya.”

(Like in the movies, the protagonist experiences oppression then stands up and finally succeeds. That’s the story of his life.)

“And, hopefully, pagdating ng 2016, e, ganoon pa din yung cycle na inaapi tapos magwawagi,” she added.

(Hopefully, the same thing will happen in 2016, that the oppressed will win.)

Mum on Issue with Sen. Grace Poe

When asked to comment about her father’s rumored rival Sen. Grace Poe in the upcoming Presidential elections in 2016, Sen. Binay refused to give any statement.

Sen. Binay revealed that her father was with the late Fernando Poe Jr., Sen. Grace’s father, when he had a fatal heart attack. VP Binay, according to Sen. Binay, was the one who brought the King of Philippine Cinema to the hospital.

“Mas importante yung pinagsamahan more than politics sa amin. Ganoon ang mindset namin,” she explained.

(For us, relationships are more important than politics. That’s our mindset.)

Despite the issues both are facing, Sen. Binay disclosed there’s no feeling of awkwardness between her and Sen. Poe.

I thought baka magkailangan kaming dalawa, but when we saw each other, nagngitian kami.”

( I thought it would be uncomfortable, but we both smiled when we saw each other.)

Featured image credits to rappler.com

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Junjun Binay: “Social Media critics are ‘trolls’ paid by other politicians”

Junjun Binay: “Social Media critics are ‘trolls’ paid by other politicians”

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Former Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr., son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, said he does not believe in social media and that critics on these sites are only “trolls” paid by other politicians.

Bakit social media ang magiging batayan? Gaano kadami ang nasa social media? Hindi tama yan. Ang dami-daming puwedeng bayaran para maging ‘trolls’. It cannot reflect the true sentiment of the people.”

(Why should social media be the basis? How many people are on social media? That’s not right. There are a lot of people who can be paid as “trolls”. It cannot reflect the true sentiment of the people.)

In an interview with Karen Davila on ANC Headstart, Junjun Binay just smirked at Karen’s question on why he is not affected by social media bashers.

On Grace Poe’s being an inexperienced government official and Nancy being his father’s assistant

Junjun Binay said Grace Poe is running for a different position while his sister Nancy is only a senator. Furthermore, he said that Nancy has been exposed to politics as she has been assisting and accompanying their father.

“Mali naman yang tanong na ‘yun, siya (Nancy) naman lagi kasama ng tatay ko. Kasama siya sa pagtulong sa issues sa HUDCC”

(That’s a wrong question. Nancy has always been with my father. She has always been there to help with the issues at HUDC-Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.)

On answering the issues involving the Binays

When Karen asked why the Binays are not answering the issues being thrown at them, Junjun Binay said they have already answered all the issues. He also said that they are not getting a fair share of exposure from the media.

Kasi nagbigay na siya ng paliwanag sa Senado. Ayaw na nyang magpunta dun… If you’re saying he is not answering, that’s not true! Sa lahat ng pagkakataon sumasagot, kami po ay pilit na sumasagot sa mga periodiko, sa telebisyon. Pero ang hirap po ng kalaban natin, kasi kung sila po ay kaya nilang panghawakan kung anung lalabas sa balita. It’s really dominated, okay? Minsan ang feeling namin, we’re not getting a fair share of our exposure in media to explain our side.”

[It’s because he (VP Binay) has given an explanation to the Senate. He doesn’t want to go back there. In all instances, we answer (issues and allegations) in print, on TV. But we have a formidable enemy because they can control  what is released in the media.]

Junjun Binay said that he disagrees that his father does not answer the issues about at them. He said he is sure and confident that VP Binay can answer all allegations and will continue to answer the other allegations in the next coming days.

On the 24M worth classrooms 

When Karen asked Junjun if the classrooms are worth P 24M each, Junjun Binay said he does not have the exact figures. He also said that a mayor is the last one in the “process”. He also said it is unfair to say that the classrooms are worth P 24 M since it was his father’s political opponents who quoted the amount and that it has no basis.

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