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Bianca Gonzalez and Toni Gonzaga

Historical revisionism is also about show business

It’s been centuries that the Philippine showbiz was blinded by the idea that entertainment isn’t political. 

Thanks to the divisiveness created by the current regime and other partisans that permeated, too, to the very core of show business, the confusion and disorientation has been cleared although not at all understood. 

The alliances forged by Dutertards against the forces of the so-called dilawan in the realm of film, TV and other glitz and glam media delineated a simple contradiction but there’s more to them than meets the eye. It requires an analytical mind to separate the chaff from the grain. The battle between good and evil is complex. Before we become judgmental, we have to study hard facts and not just emotional bickering. 

There’s nothing wrong about being political, to begin with, simply because politics isn’t only government or possession of power but everyday life as well. Go and refer it to the glossary. 

Politics is also for the betterment of life of each and every person in a given community if only the gauge is godliness. Nothing wrong with being powerful but it should be for the majority of people. 

Sadly, the politics being played reeks with self-centeredness, tyranny, oppression, lopsidedness or the prevalence of necropolitics and other inhuman acts being deodorized by spinning hollow smiles, PR, grease money, fake news etc. 

Thanks but no thanks to the vlog interview of Toni Gonzaga on Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.—better known as Bongbong Marcos—the demarcation between two forces was stirred anew. There were those who favored the video chat and there were those who negated it, one of them Bianca Gonzalez who said that her stand on the issue has always been her anti-Marcos although Bianca clarified that Toni is a friend so she talked to her privately about the case. 

Why can’t show business get involved in the issue of historical revisionism during the reign of the Marcos dictatorship when not a few film and television artists were victims of the brutality of the state military apparatus? 

Let’s not include the departed like National Artist for Film Lino Brocka or actor, director and writer Behn Cervantes who were incarcerated for joining transport strike rallies together (Behn was first detained in a military camp prior to Brocka’s incident) but let’s talk about the living witnesses like award-winning screenwriters Ricardo Lee, also known as Ricky Lee, Jose F. Lacaba, Bonifacio Ilagan, to name only a few, who could talk about their ordeal when they were imprisoned for writing about the atrocities of the Marcos regime. 

Most of the popular stars benefitted from the creativity of these people so one is as important and related as the other. 

How will you erase the grim story of the collapse of the Manila Film Center where construction workers were allegedly buried alive which former first lady Imelda R. Marcos—the proponent of the building of the edifice for the 1982 Manila International Film Festival—vehemently denied? “There’s no single bone of a man in there,” she defended. 

Let’s not look away from the sordid past and weigh things in for better politics. 

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