Dealing With Harassment/ Maruja, Defender Of The Great Brown Race
How should a queer queen like me handle certain situations I felt violated?
Last Wednesday, while typing a script (or pretend to type a script), one of our technical crew lounged in our production room while waiting for the video clips to render in the editing room. He then stretch as if yawning and exclaimed that his tool is so hard.
He asked if it's a good thing. In jest, I just said, "It might burst."
But he didn't stop and commented that I'm probably good for ass-borking.
Although pretending to be one of the boys, I let out the crispiest cuss imaginable. It sounded like, "Put Tang in a mow."
We both laughed to hide the brewing tension. He should be.
LIFE IS SOOOOOO NOT FAIR!!!
Why do some people (like Gengki) are so lucky to have this?
While I have to settle for this?
THE MOST INTELLIGENT WAY TO EAT
When I first heard about this news, I thought it was a hoax just like Mariah Carey lambasting Regine Velasquez as "a brown monkey who can sing."
But it is as true as the rising price of oil, a 7-year-old Filipino boy in Canada was being disciplined by the school monitor just because he eats his lunch in a Filipino manner: with a fork and spoon.
And what's infuriating is the principal's statement to the complaining mother: that since they are in Canada, they should eat how Canadians eat (with just a fork).
That comment was just sick. It reeks of alienation and outright ignorance. I thought Canada is supposed to be a country that embraces cultural diversity? Should the school monitor also reprimand Chinese students from eating with chopsticks, calling it dirty and yucky? How about certain students who eat with just a spoon, would they be called pigs?
Well, sorry for those fork-sticking Canadians, but eating with only a fork is stupid and dumb. For one, scooping rice (the loose one, mind you) with a fork would only result to utter mess since most of the rice grains would just fall off spaces between the tinders. And don't get me started with using the fork in eating soup.
Eating the Filipino way is the most intelligent way to eat. You pick a piece of meat with a fork and eat it, then scoop some rice using a spoon and use the fork to sweep the loose grains onto the spoon. Not much of a mess.
Arrrgh, enough of the ranting for now. This argument would not end here, I'm sure of it.
But the bottom line is that the school monitor and the principal were disrespectful and disregarding of other people's cultures. That in itself is not educational.
"FILIPINO" IS NOT A BAD WORD
This leads to another issue concerning the Great Brown Race. I remember Donita Rose, former MTV Asia VJ, told a personal account while riding a taxi around Singapore. The cab driver asked her what ethnicity she was, she proudly stated that she was Filipino (Filipino-American to be exact). The cabbie was stunned.
"You're not Filipino," the driver exclaimed. "That's impossible."
Probably the driver thought that all Filipinos look like this.
On another note, a local celebrity and her entourage visited Australia several years ago. She then went into a restaurant for lunch. Upon learning that she and her companions are Filipino, the restaurant staff suddenly put out a spray bottle and started squirting disinfectant to them.
What's so wrong about the word "Filipino"? Better yet, what's wrong with being Filipino anyway?
Dog eaters? The French eat pig brains. Americans eat bull's testicles. Japanese eat raw food.
Maids? So are the Sri Lankans, Chinese, Indonesians, and yes, even French.
Uneducated? We are a nation of writers, educators, inventors, businessmen, statesmen, diplomats, artists, and all other jobs the first-world occupy.
Whores? What's wrong with our innate exotic beauty?
Nothing belittles us Filipinos. We have toppled presidents in peaceful revolutions while America does not have a female president yet.
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