Thursday, September 06, 2007

UPDATED: Malu's back

Malu Fernandez, that is. I'm glad MST brought her back from the dead. But like I said before, I'm not in favor of getting her fired. Boycott? Yes. Fire Malu? No.

Ito yung sinabi ni MLQ3 back in Aug. 29:

However, if the potential for the re-escalation of the issue is fulfilled by the resumption of the column -which would also firmly lay the passions raised firmly at the feet of the paper and no longer the magazine- things would get possibly worse. After all, all the to-do about an apology and a resignation, would be proven either insincere, or merely a gambit: those arguing for moderation or a more nuanced approach would have been proven naive.


UPDATE: Ang Kape ni Lattex says no to boycott and calls people to "move on" from the issue.

He adds this:

Tess Termulo laments, over Twitter, that more people have given this controversy attention than Cris Mendez’s brutal murder. I agree with her (and I’m guilty of it too). The loss of an innocent life is infinitely more important than the words of a bigoted diva.

I have to disagree here. The Mainstream media gave the Cris Mendez story more attention (kahit na mas bago ito) -- which leads to more people being aware of this story -- than the Malu/MST controversy.

There's no contest really.

Besides, most people don't have much to add because all the facts on the case are not yet available for us to make a determination on who's responsible for this heinous act. Kaya nga may investigation pa isinasagawa eh. Let the authorities do their job. And not jump to conclusions re who's guilty. Or else, ganito ang mangyayari.

UPDATE: Forget Malu, let's pay more attention to Cris Mendez!

UPDATE: (oops! bakit nawala?)

5 comments:

cvj said...

For the boycott to be effective, it must be targetted at the advertisers. I hope someone comes up with a list.

Jonjon said...

john,

While it's true that the old media already has given enough attention to Cris Mendez, and that trial by publicity should be discouraged, it doesn't remove the fact that someone died out of getting beat.

Besides, the whole Malu Fernandez brouhaha is likewise a trial by publicity -- publicity that the Manila Standard Today is *enjoying*, not suffering from.

Tama si cvj, dapat yung advertisers ang targetin, if they want an effective boycott.

Prudence said...

Jon (LaTtEX) and I were referring to bloggers and other commenters who engaged in passionate and enraged conversations over the Malu Controversy. But when here comes the Cris Mendez issue, there are visibly less of those passionate and enraged conversations online, which is quite a puzzle for me. People got enraged by insults thrown by a socialite lifestyle columnist but not by the idea of young people dying because of traditional practices in fraternities/sororities/other organizations?

I think it would be better if we mobilize the power of the bloggers to spread the awareness regarding fraternity-related violence. However, it seems to me that many people are more interested in getting back at Malu than at this issue.

--- Prudence, http://tesstermulo.com

john marzan said...

While it's true that the old media already has given enough attention to Cris Mendez, and that trial by publicity should be discouraged, it doesn't remove the fact that someone died out of getting beat.

Besides, the whole Malu Fernandez brouhaha is likewise a trial by publicity -- publicity that the Manila Standard Today is *enjoying*, not suffering from.


unlike the cris mendez case, we already know pretty much the facts in malu case and can decide for ourselves kung tama si malu/MST o hindi.

the authorities and our local CSI are already on the mendez case and the guilty will be tried in a court of law, hopefully.

kay malu at MST naman, wala silang lusot sa court of public opinion.

john marzan said...

Jon (LaTtEX) and I were referring to bloggers and other commenters who engaged in passionate and enraged conversations over the Malu Controversy. But when here comes the Cris Mendez issue, there are visibly less of those passionate and enraged conversations online, which is quite a puzzle for me. People got enraged by insults thrown by a socialite lifestyle columnist but not by the idea of young people dying because of traditional practices in fraternities/sororities/other organizations?

why more passionate over malu's comments than mendez? i don't know. i mean, even mlq3 has yet to blog re it. pero ito ang possibleng dahilan:

1) we're still in the dark as to who's responsible, and are reserving our judgment on the case until the police investigation is completed. worst thing you can do is hang the wrong guy.

2) many people get murdered or killed everyday. obviously, if you're from UP, this mendez case is especially troubling. but many other people are dying everyday too, but they're not from UP or ateneo or la salle or they come from poor backgrounds, so they're not getting much attention. why is that? tignan mo na lang yung kaso ni jonas burgos.

3) maybe because mainstream media refused to cover the malu controversy for the longest time, kaya sa blogosphere uminit ang controversy. siguro kung pinansin kaagad ito ng media at nag-issue kaagad ng apology si malu, this would have cut the story/controversy at the knees.

4) and i just disagree re the use of mendez' death to attack those who were offended with malu/MST. if people have something more to add to the mendez case, they'll say it. with mendez's case, we still don't know who was behind this act. with malu, we pretty much know everything. plus the fact that she was unrepentant at first didn't help her at all. the MST move only complicated matters.