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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 8, 2013

Do Stars Really Have To Display Their Shameful Personal Experiences And Dilemmas On National TV?

IN RECENT WEEKS, we were treated to Ai Ai de las Alas admitting on TV that she and new husband Jed Salang have separated after only a month of marriage because she’s a battered wife. Then we saw Charice confessing that yes, she’s a lesbian. Such dramatic moments. Did they really have to do such unabashed crying scenes on TV?

At the presscon of “My Husband’s Lover”, Kuh Ledesma, who plays Tom Rodriguez’ haughty mom and did some shows with Charice, offered a different view.

“Ang feeling ko, yung ganung bagay, hindi na dapat pinag-uusapan sa national television,” says Kuh. “Kasi maraming nanonood na kabataan sa kanya. Ayaw ng mother niyang umamin siya sa TV, sana sumunod na lang siya. Hindi ko sinasabing mali ang ginawa niya. Ang sinasabi ko, sana sumunod na lang siya sa magulang niya. Sana she gave it more time and prayed about it. Kasi may career ka, hindi mo alam kung paano tatanggapin yan ng tao. Of course, magkakaroon yan ng matinding epekto sa career niya. Ewan ko kung accepted na ng mundo na gay singer ka, ilalantad mo. Makikita natin ang repercussion niya in due time. There are just some things I think that are better left private kasi huhusgahan ka ng tao. Not everyone is merciful at maiintindihan ka. Oo, malaya na siya sa pag-amin niya, pero basta ready siya sa consequences nito.”

What Kuh said applies not only to Charice but to other celebs who choose to display all their dirty linen in public rather than just keeping it private: Ai Ai talking about an abusive husband, Kris Aquino tearfully talking about her breakups with Joey Marquez and James Yap, KC Concepcion about her split from Piolo Pascual, Ruffa Gutierrez as the battered wife of Yilmaz Bektas. Is it really important that they share their misery with the public in a showbiz talk show? That’s why you can admire Claudine Baretto and Raymart Santiago for keeping their mouths shut when it comes to their marital woes.

Of course, these TV shows will always welcome such emotional interviews for the sake of higher ratings, as viewers just love watching celebrities talking about their own sad stories to make them lesser mortals feel that these people they admire on screen also have feet of clay like them. Anything negative and scandalous, the public just laps up with glee.

But does it really help the careers of these celebs that they draw attention to themselves by confessing their shameful misfortunes on cam? In the case of Kris Aquino, we all know it’s part of her way of keeping herself in the limelight and for some deviant reason, it seems to be working for her. But for KC, we don’t think it helped her career at all. It only pulled both her and Piolo down. As for Ai Ai and Charice, we’ll see the outcome of their tear-filled confessions in the days to come.