I do not know what is happening to the level of intellect Filipinos have nowadays.
I barely have gotten over about the stupid(est) Anti-Planking Bill in the Philippine Congress two weeks ago, and now we have this issue about the Philippine Medical Association in rage and fury over a magazine cover having a celebrity holding a lit cigar.
Based on reports, the Phil Medical Association is offended by the wrong message the cover (Nora Aunor for Yes Magazine. see above photo) is sending to the public. They see it as irresponsible and mis-informing the public about smoking. Add that they demand a public apology from the Magazine and the actress used for the cover.
““The Filipino reading public is not dumb… If you want to be popular again, be wholesome.”
“Gusto n’yo ba gayahin ka namin? Ang trabaho n’yo is to inspire us, not to scandalize us.”
“Nora, you are ill-advised. You think you are moving forward, it’s a step backwards.”
Another celebrity hot on the grill at the moment is Anne Curtis with her cover for Rogue (see photo below), which incidentally also shows the star holding a lit cigar.
I do not know what to say anymore, given the amount of stupidity a lot of people in the Philippines have, let alone a group of medical professionals. Isn’t there more important, socially relevant and far more intellectual issues left to talk about in our country other than this?
I want to say that the Filipino readers are wise enough to choose for themselves and not be influenced by whatever they see on magazine covers, or maybe on tv and movies, but given the fact that something like this can be blown up into becoming an issue of national interest, is just plain stupid, shallow and very dumb.
I have seen a lot of Vogue covers in Italy and France with supermodels holding a cigar, all deemed artistically beautiful and visually powerful. When Kate Moss returned on the runway for Louis Vuitton last Fall Season, she walked on the runway while smoking and she got a standing ovation and deafening applause.
Wake up, people. Probably almost half of the adult population in the country are tobacco consumers. We see people smoking almost everywhere. So why this magazine cover, which I know not a lot of people buy, be given too much attention and interest.
I believe the main reason of using cigar as a prop for magazine covers, fashion shows, or at any event/occasion is because it is a strong symbolism of female empowerment. When cigarette users are mostly male (only available for men only, once upon a time), image of women smoking shows strength and power, a way of saying that women can also do what men do.
And these covers are art—-a form of expression. They are visual tools of sending out message that women nowadays are empowered, that they are in control and that they are equal with men. They do not serve as advocacy campaigns for smoking. They do not serve as advertisement encouraging people to smoke.
Worries of children might see these images and be given the wrong information that smoking is acceptable, is already within every parents’ and guardians’ responsibility. Children actually see other people smoking everywhere, maybe even at the comfort of their won home. That’s why kids have parents, that’s why kids have guardians—-they are there to guide them and inform them about smoking.
Seeing celebrities before on covers of magazines wearing just vegetables as a protest for animal cruelty did not suggest that we also wear vegetables in our everyday life. Simple as that.
At the end of the day, it is our own responsibility to choose for ourselves to do what to do. These covers do not force us to do anything at all.
Let us be wise enough to decide for ourselves.
I am not a smoker, and I have a lot of friends who smoke. I have a bestfriend who smokes a lot—-but I choose not to follow. I know what is right for me, and I know what is not
So can we just move on from this very shallow issue about covers, cigars and bullshits? If some people are offended seeing other people smoking, then most probably they need to ban smoking itself. HAHA!
What say you, mama Coco?
(photo credit: GOOGLE IMAGES)
In other news, The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is calling on volunteers to assist in repacking 15,000 relief goods at the National Relief Operations Center located along Chapel Road, Pasay City near NAIA Terminal II. Interested individuals may call or text at the NROC Hotline 09189302356 and (02) 8528081.
This, is no bullshit. :)