When phobic commentary confounds

Like what my friend Mr. Fullman said, probably TV personality Ms. Tintin Bersola Babao didn’t know what hit her the moment she submitted her PARENTIN column for the Philippine Star a few days back. Her column title was “Being Gay” and it tells of how parents could tell and — wait for it — arrest signs that their sons are turning gay.

Oh yeah. Someone who graduated from the UP College of Mass Communication, a very queer-friendly atmosphere, and someone who entered showbiz via morning talk shows where many queers worked in the lower ranks and higher echelons of the TV network abound could comment on how she has profound love and respect for gays yet could harbor negativity  should her son show signs of being gay. Yes, signs, like, you know, being effeminate and playing with his sister’s girlie toys. ___ [Insert favorite expletive here.] To use gay lingo-fied versions of her Kapamilya personalities, imbyernadettesembrano na nakaka-stressdrilon ang lola mo! Yung nag-apologize daw siya but… basahin mo nga

And then she tweets like this:


swiped from beki friend UP Psych Prof. Eric’s FB

Frankly, my dear, there are no words to describe people’s NGANGA TEH! reaction to her thoughts. Just read the darn article. But no, on the contrary, people have been speaking — LGBTQs, non-LGBTQs, the freaking Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), and maybe later even the kitchen sink. I mean come on, no one could actually believe that such thoughts still existed. But no, Ms. T Babao proves us wrong.

Check out what the PAP has to say about how being queer is not a disease and all that.

Check out a Fil-Am take on it, with matching links to parents for guides and such.

At ang pinaka-bongz, Ms. Lea Salonga’s words:

Ikaw na Miss Lea. Swiped from Ladlad's FB.

Ikaw na Miss Lea. Swiped from Ladlad’s FB.

We at the Philippine Online Chronicles’ (POC) Pinoy LGBT Channel cannot be silent about this, of course. Here is what our section editor has to say about it.

And then here is my, um, heartfelt formal-ish take on it.

Because of this, I was inspired to create three more rebuttals fashioned in a more creative nonfiction way, also for POC. Let’s see what comes first.

But first, read these stuff and have your take on it. And see whether you stand on the wrong or right side of history this time. Apparently, we now know where Ms. T stands.

Are you sure ka na ba teh?

Are you sure ka na ba teh?

A pity.


~ by leaflens on March 14, 2013.

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