Monday, March 28, 2011

Exploit Them Not

Last week one of my friends in Singapore pointed me out to a Youtube video of a little boy dancing like an exotic dancer (watch it here at 5:00). I was shocked. I felt cold all over and wanted to berate his parents. I wanted to take action, but I was pressed for time so I thought I'd tweet about it and ping my fellow online mommies. So I did. I then became so busy over the weekend and only got the chance to see updates today and so I saw Noemi's letter to MVP and DSWD's statement and TV5's apology. I'm sure my Dad would be happy to see how one tiny protest tweet went a long way.

What's done is done and hopefully the little boy won't be traumatized over the incident. What is disturbing though is the values we are showing on TV. Inasmuch as TV5 and the show producers are saying that they did not mean for it to happen and that the child was allowed by his parents to come out on TV, it should have been instinctive on the part of the host and the producer to stop what he was doing.

I never really understood why some local shows are based on awa and poverty. It doesn't really help in creating a right mindset in re-building our nation/economy. People just end up hoping that they would win a contest as their ticket to have a good life. It breeds laziness. And the child was used as an instrument to get money. That's a double whammy. I believe there are other creative ways to entertain and to help. What I saw in that video is exploitation.

Some would probably say I'm being a prude and should just see it as harmless fun. Pasensya na, but that's not what I learned from my parents. I was given dignity and respect as a child and I've done the same with my son. I hope it's not too much to ask these show producers to review what they are doing vis-a-vis proper values (check your GMRC). They have so much influence on so many people, so a little effort to uplift our nation/economy in a creative way would go a long, long way.

“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed. (Proverbs 12:24)”

You might also want to read my Dad's thoughts about Moral Discipline.