Following the clash of social media users who have and are watching Game of Thrones with those who have not, now that the series is back for its final season, one Twitter user joined in on the fun by mocking the discourse with a Philippine drama.
Netizen AC Mondragon posted on April 16 on his Twitter account:
“‘I watch game of thrones’
‘uhhh… me I watch goldilocks!’
“I watch game of thrones”
“uhhh… me I watch goldilocks!”
— AC Mondragon (@ItsACsLife) April 16, 2019
His joke went viral with 23 thousand likes and three thousand retweets online.
“(I) (love) this. THIS IS GOLD–” replied one netizen with a pun of her own.
i luv this. THIS IS GOLD–
— The Girl Has No Name (@_heydeej) April 16, 2019
“Kandadong Ginto,” corrected a Twitter user regarding Mondragon’s post.
— Crispy Noodles (@karllegaspiii) April 16, 2019
“Mondragon vs. Mother of Dragons,” wittily replied another Netizen, referencing a character from the hit HBO fantasy drama.
mondragon vs. mother of dragons
— Phlegmatic☝ (@clnyvnngtrrz_) April 16, 2019
“Dahil sayo mamang, nag uumpisa na akong manood ng kadenang ginto at di ako nagsisi,” claimed another social media user.
Kadenang Ginto is a 2018 Philippine drama television series starring Francine Diaz, Andrea Brillantes, Beauty Gonzalez, Albert Martinez, Dimples Romana and Adrian Alandy.
It tells a story of familial bond that was once so precious but slowly becoming an unbreakable chain of deception and cruel desires.
The series premiered on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold afternoon block and worldwide via The Filipino Channel on October 8, 2018, replacing Asintado.
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Putting light-skinned in the mainstream has become a problem in the Philippine movie and television ever since. It is much evident in the local pop culture today.
This issue was tackled again after the release of Bagani’s trailer depicting part-white cast playing roles inspired by the figures of the Philippine mythology and the pre-colonial era.
Bagani, which is set to premiere on ABS-CBN in March, is a drama fantasy set in an imaginary world which portrays elements from the Philippine myths and legends. But as shown in the trailer, bronzer was used, a cosmetic product which is applied to give brown color, to darken the skin of the cast.
Some found out that casting Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil in the show as main leads may seem challenging for the both of them since they are part white. Putting them in the TV series may also make sense since they are two of the most popular and sought-after young actors today.
Liza is half American and half Filipino while Enrique has German, Spanish and Filipino blood. Matteo Guidicelli who portrays a supporting role in the show is half Italian and half Filipino.
Filipino celebrities today are usually light-skinned and/ a mixed race or what they call mestizo. The Philippine movie and television scene still portrays this racial stereotype.
The perception of “white is better” continues at present because the Philippine pop culture is obsessed with white skin.
In 2011, “Nita Negrita”, a TV show which was about how the main character was teased for her looks, was also criticized for putting a light-skinned actress (Barbie Forteza) portraying a role of a half black Filipino.
And Bagani is just another example of this type of trend.
In a posted statement on Facebook, Bagani writer Mark Duane Angos clarified that the show should not be illustrated as historical or pre-colonial because it is set in an imaginary world.
The Bagani writer continued saying “Bagani is set in a fictional world called Sansinukob — an alternative world with elements from Philippine mythology. It is not pre-colonial. It is not historical. Hence it is not a portrayal of pre-colonial people or a particular historical period or event.”
Liza also posted on twitter defending her role in the drama fantasy. She challenged those people who do not believe that she is Filipino enough. It was a reply to a deleted tweet by user @deeCrz.
Some people still argued that the issue is not about how the cast is Filipino enough but their looks don’t match the characters they portray.
The drama fantasy was even compared to the latest Marvel movie titled “Black Panther” in which the story evolved around the African culture but with a black cast.
Are you familiar with pulmonary embolism? I bet you have no idea.
Well, just so you know, pulmonary embolism is a fatal blockage in the artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs, and is usually caused by a blood clot formed in a vein in the leg.
It’s a killer. In fact, according to Independent UK, 60,000 people dies annually because of it in Britain alone. Long-haul economy flights were a well-known cause of the condition.
There’s a recently concluded study in Japan that says watching television for more than five hours a day can make you six times more likely to suffer this fatal blood clot. O-M-G.
Researchers from Japan’s Osaka University presented this study to the European Society of Cardiology and it proposes that men and women between 40-79 years old who watch more than five hours of TV every day are twice as likely to suffer a possibly fatal pulmonary embolism than those who watches TV in less than 2.5 hours a day.
Why is this alarming?
Dr Toru Shirakawa, who led the research by the Department of Social Medicine at Osaka University, pointed out that people were more likely to regularly watch lots of television programs than fly. With the advent of online television services recently has allowed binge watchers to download and watch entire series of shows such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead in one sitting.
Researchers say that leg immobility when you watch television may in part explain the finding. The study tracked 86,000 subjects in Japan for over 18 years. The risks of watching TV were calculated after adjusting for other factors such as a history of hypertension or diabetes, smoking, drinking, and BMIs.
Meanwhile, these experts advise binge watchers to do the same preventive behavior used against economy-class syndrome such as taking a break, standing up, walking around while watching television and drinking water (to prevent dehydration).
Source: Independent UK (via Yahoo/Daily Mail)