Have you watched Willie Revillame's talk of the town episode in Willing Willie of TV5? If you haven't, we'll check out the video below and see how Willie Revillame poked fun on Jan Jan, a six year old boy and a contestant of Willing Willie.Nakakarimarim!
While I was watching the video, I can't help but feel pity to the boy and to the family. As we all know, the dance moves of Jan Jan, a six year old boy, are similar with the dance routines of 'macho dancers' in gay bars. Unfortunately,Willie Revillame, who is notorious in bringing in entertainment through bullying contestants, never stops the kid from dancing and even asks for more. The kid is crying and Revillame is just insensitive to act accordingly. In fact, should you watch the video, Willie asks the boy to dance in intervals and keeps on laughing. And in the end of the segment, the show even highlights Jan Jan on a mini crane as girls go gaga over him.
What we have seen is a complete exploitation of the impoverish conditions of some of our kababayans or Filipinos in the Philippines. Individuals who are in power or in position like Revillame banks on asking someone's weaknesses. A poor person is asked to show off craziest and inappropriate "what you can do" talent just to earn a cash prize. This is what has happened to Jan Jan. Ano pa nga ba ang pinagkaiba ng perya sa palabas ni Revillame? At least sa perya, may respeto pang natitira.
Honestly, I'm amazed how some people tend to love Willie Revillame despite his rudeness. Perhaps, the people are blinded with his charisma in reaching out to people by giving out money. Or, some people think of him, especially those who are in soaked in poverty, as a messiah or a savior. Today, with the exploitation with a young boy, believe it or not, people would just ignore the incident and go in with their lives (hopefully not). For some, they may consider the boy's dance as courageous act which earn him some money to buy food and feed a hungry family.
That should not be the case. The government should take action not only among the producers of the show, but on Revillame as well. The show and the management should be accountable. It is also an issue on child abuse and exploitation as shown in national television. Seriously, this is not just a baranggay incident that the culprit can getaway. There are a lot witnesses and the right punishment shall be imposed.
Finally, below is the letter of Soliman in response to Revillame's exploitative acts!
MR. MANNY V. PANGILINAN
ABC Development Corporation
Dear Mr. Pangilinan:
This is with regard to the 12 March 2011 episode of your show “Willing Willie”, which was brought to my attention by several concerned citizens and groups. In the said episode, a six year-old boy named Jan-Jan Estrada was made to repeatedly perform dance moves usually done by adult dancers in indecent shows. The poor child was in tears and looked scared the entire time, as show host Willie Revillame poked fun at him and the audience laughed and cheered.
Under Republic Act No. 7610, also known as "Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act”, the term “child abuse” includes the following acts: “psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment,” and “any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of the child as a human being.”
Given that definition, it is unmistakable that what happened last 12 March 2011 to Jan-Jan Estrada was child abuse.
Persuading a little child to dance sexy adult dances in exchange for a measly sum, while he is being laughed at and ridiculed will definitely traumatize the child. What kind of values are we teaching our children through these shows, especially after Willie Revillame pushed Jan-Jan to do something against his will and then told him that it’s alright because he will receive money in exchange for it?
Given the foregoing, I am requesting that:
(1) Young children not be allowed to appear in Willing Willie and other similar shows in the network that cashes in on poverty;
(2) Host Willie Revillame be rebuked for his insensitive and deplorable actions.
There are limits to children appearing on television, and clearly, your 12 March 2011 episode did not respect the rights of the child and traumatized the six year-old boy. I also wish to raise my concern that the show tends to cash in on the plight of the poor. There are other ways of helping the poor without having to degrade their dignity and earn money out of it.
I hope you can act on this swiftly and I would appreciate a response from your good office.
Very truly yours,
CORAZON JULIANO SOLIMAN
Cc: Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares,