Pride month ngayon at kanselado ang taunang martsa dahil bawal pa ang gatherings and events. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't celebrate. I've been watching several transgender-themed movies and documentaries to educate myself. I recommend Transamerica, Something Must Break and the Netflix original Disclosure. Siyempre, hindi mawawala ang pakikinig ng mga kanta nina Kylie Minogue, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Madonna at iba pang gay icons. No pandemic will stop us celebrating our colorful lives.
Dahil bawal lumabas by Kim Chiu, dumagsa ang mga YouTube videos from different content creators. Kaaliw din manood ng mga buhay-buhay ng mga taong sikat sa social media world. Pero isa sa mga umusbong ang Zoom interviews with beauty queens. Todong na-enjoy ko ang interview ng Missosology kay Pia Wurtzbach lalo na sa part kung paano niya nakumbinsi si Madame Stella na Pinoy gown ang isuout sa Miss Universe. Isa pa ang Korona interview ni MJ Lastimosa. Totoo talagang she's very down to Earth and very kumare ang peg kaya isa siya sa well-loved Pinay queens.
Recently, umani ng batikos ang pag-guest ni Kevin Balot sa Queentuhan hosted by Pia Wurtzbach, Bianca Guidotti and Carla Lizardo. Malinaw na sinabi niyang hindi niya bet sumali ang transgender women sa Miss Universe because she feels that it's not equality anymore. It's asking too much na daw. JUICE KOH! Sumakit ang ulo ko, sumakit ang bewang ko. KALOKA! And while listening to it, ang taray pa ng tono ni madame habang sinasambit ang mga salitang 'yan. YAY! It was also obvious that the host didn't expect that coming from her. Coming from a Miss International Queen. Sad. Bilang damage-control, heto ang kanyang statement via Twitter:
I'm not buying this because of some points. Una, hindi straight English ang usapan nila. They were talking in Taglish. Kung hindi niya kayang magsalita ng English, daanin sa deretsong Tagalog. I'm sure hindi aarte si Pia kahit Miss Universe pa 'yan! The choices of words used by Kevin during the interview was a little bit harsh sa transgender community na patuloy na nakikipaglaban sa pantay na karapatan. Transgender women wanting to join traditional beauty pageants is not a sign of disrespect or asking for too much right. Lastly, I feel that the point came from a privileged person given that she can pass as a straight woman. Iba siguro ang karanasan niya vs. those who can't pass kahit 'sangkaterbang pillar na ang nilaklak. At kahit hindi ka physically nag-transition, you can't deny to yourself that you're a woman.
Honeslty, I'm still educating myself until now. If I don't have enough information about a certain topic, I'd rather park it and will give you my point once I'm fully informed. Natutunan ko sa pagsusulat na mahirap magbitaw ng hilaw na opinyon.
Kevin was given a strong platform at sana nagamit niya sa mas nakakabuti. I don't believe in the "cancel culture" that we have in social media pero kapag nagkamali ang isang tao, I hope they learn how to be responsible and be accountable for that. Don't twist the situation and tell more lies because darling, we hear lies when we hear one. But I believe on her last statement, that she'll take this as a step to improve herself.
It's not too late, Kevin. Hope you become a better person after this issue.