Posted by: theboyfromsmallville | August 31, 2007

I hate to say I told you so

A handful of former classmates sent me text messages a few days after the Malu Fernandez controversy really exploded in the blogosphere.

“You’ve seem to distance yourself from that controversy,” a friend SMS-ed. “I was expecting you would blog about it.”

I smiled.

I would have wanted so much to post something about the column Malu Fernandez wrote degrading—without provocation other than, apparently,  the fact that she couldn’t comfortable fit her frame into an airplane economy seat that [I wonder why, sarcasm intended] a 6-foot-9, 270-pound behemoth like Asi Taulava had no problems getting comfortable with—our hardworking overseas Filipino workers.  Our OFWs, who happen to be the biggest (legal and honest) dollar-earning sector today.

I wanted to pull heavy words out such as bigotry, racism, socio-economic differences and elitist ideologies and find a way to string them up in a decent sentence.

I wanted to come up with something dramatic, something passionately written to rouse a reading public into a state of rebellion so that people would march straight into the Manila Standard Today office armed with everything from AK-47’s, broken bottles, flaming pitchforks and torches to demand for the writer’s resignation.

But, hey. What’s the use?

For one, the tirade-laced column, which looked more related to someone butchering a rat out of penis envy than a supposedly witty—acerbic, I think, was how the columnist described it—piece of written work, has had its share of backlash already.

In fact, while writing this, I wanted to post a link to direct you to blogs or sites dedicated to burying Malu Fernandez’ career below six feet of dirt. But then, really, all you need is google her name and you’ll get an avalanche of URLs (izzat what you call ‘em?)  with posts containing words one regularly finds in hate mails.

What more can one more post from me do?

Science tells us that at a certain point, an elephant can carry enough on its back to no longer notice another pound of brick added to the load. That’s what a post of mine, sir, would have been. Just another pound of brick to the load already heaped on the back of an elephant.

Oh wait. I didn’t mean that Malu Fernandez is an elephant. Or looks like one. It was simply a metaphor. Of me blogging, I mean. Not a metaphor of the columnist. I am not that acerbic.

But more importantly, I stayed away because I know what would eventually happen. Hate posts would finally break her into resigning. Only for her to use her newfound infamy and resurface again. Because newspapers can be capitalists, too, like that.

Like that, as in, anybody who sells is worth newspaper space. Like, say, if Willie Revillame came cheap, all he needs now to earn a column is another game show scandal like, maybe a sexual harassment suit from one of his gypsy-like gyrating girls.

In fact, as I had commented here, it was premature to celebrate Malu Fernandez’s resignation from Manila Standard Today and People Asia.

As it turns out, I may be right.

Because que horror or que barbaridad or whatever phrase of disbelief is popular among members of her socio-economic stratum is, she’s back. Or will be back, depending on when you’re reading this.

In a day desk meeting with fellow Inquirer editors, word circled that Manila Standard Today refused to accept Malu Fernandez’s resignation. She will start writing anew for the paper on September 3.

For the first time in my life, I wished the editors were wrong. I wished that it wasn’t true that the paper wrote a media forum citing press freedom as one of their reasons for not accepting her resignation. That the paper would have followed the lead of People Asia and simply let Malu Fernandez go quietly in the night.

That we will no longer have to deal with someone who tries too hard to write like Jessica Zafra and sound like Howard Stern but ends up coming pitifully across as nothing more than a bitter soul who knows her grammar straight but misuses that knowledge to mask her own insecurities.

Because, really, I hate, hate, hate to say I told you so.

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Responses

  1. NOOOOO!!!! nooooOO!! Seriously… well, I will simply just not read Manila Standard. And wait for her to do something stupid again and give us another reason to blog about her stupidity…

  2. Wow. That was fast. As in, eight minutes-plus fast. Yeah. Boycott the Manila Standard! (Read the Inquirer! hehehe, hard sell)

    Chances are, though, people could end up buying the paper even more because of the notoriety. I hope I don’t get to say I told you so this time.

  3. Kiko, wala naman nagbabasa ng Manila Standard Today (what a weird newspaper name). Maybe the editors didn’t want to let go of Malu ‘coz she singlehandedly reminded people na may newspaper palang Manila Standard Today (again, what a weird name, haha). Sort of the end justifies the means, ganun.

  4. oo nga noh! hahahaha. gigimikan lang nila yan eh. shempre, hot item sha kaya they’d do anything to keep her. it’s the one thing i hate the most about this business. basta, abangan nalang natin ang column naman ni willie revillame. hahahahahahahaha! by the way, fyi, weird name came from a merger of two papers: manila standard and the previously intellectually stimulating today.

  5. armed with everything from AK-47’s, broken bottles, flaming pitchforks and torches …

    Ayan ka na naman sa fascination mo sa mga broken beer bottles that are like batutas with knives.

  6. Rissa: OO NGA ANO! Grabe, subliminal na ito! Without my even knowing! Shet!

    oist, parang di yata kita nakikita ngayon.

  7. This is a perfect description: That we will no longer have to deal with someone who tries too hard to write like Jessica Zafra and sound like Howard Stern but ends up coming pitifully across as nothing more than a bitter soul who knows her grammar straight but misuses that knowledge to mask her own insecurities.

    I couldn’t imagine MST stooping down to accomodate Ms. fernandez in the guise of press freedom. Her piece did not deserve space but the editors (citing press freedom or just sheer animation to the story) printed it. But Ms. fernandez caused quite a stir, which I think gave the paper a badly-needed push. As they say, any kind of publicity, whether its negative or positive, is still publicity.

  8. Cedelf: That’s the problem with publicity. It’s hard to judge where you stand with it. When will we ever learn?

  9. dapat kasi may media literacy na subject na in grade school and hope na ma-absorb ng kids para maging discerning din sila at madadala nila hanggang sa paglaki. im sure maraming dyaryo at TV station malulugi. hehehe

  10. Nye, off ko po ngayon. Hehe. :)

  11. Cedelf: Di naman kase career talaga ang profession natin eh. It’s a calling. Kaya dapat, self-policing tayo.

    Rissa: Di, matagal na kita talaga di nakikita. Di lang today

  12. agree. sad to say iba ang pananaw ni ms fernandez. hehe

  13. — Oh wait. I didn’t mean that Malu Fernandez is an elephant. Or looks like one. It was simply a metaphor. Of me blogging, I mean. Not a metaphor of the columnist. I am not that acerbic. —

    biting. i laughed my head off. :)

  14. W: so you go by san mig now! Cool… hehehehe. Thanks for dropping by. Keep up the posts on your site. Great reads.

  15. Ah. Well it was your off, then I was on sick leave for two days, then your off again, then mine. Today’s a Saturday and hopefully we’ll bump into each other. :)

  16. and there we now have cois and rissa’s skeds waw hahaha :) di ako involved dito sa scandal na to (received one, two emails at most) does that mean di na ako in?

    boo ang bokot ko.

  17. Kate: In ka pa rin. may email ka eh. may nag log-in sa internet para padalhan ka ng emails about this. ako nga text lang eh. hehehehehe. post mo na rin sked mo para masaya. hahahahaha!

  18. Sigh… now it’s official. She’s really back. Although I knew she would be, I still kinda hoped I was wrong. But:
    http://creepygerry.blogspot.com/2007/09/malu-who.html

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