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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.

Aug 25, 2017

Vice Ganda Should Really Be More Cautious In Delivering Jokes That Can Be Offensive To Some People

VICE GANDA found himself in hot water when he compared a “Tawag ng Tanghalan” contestant with veteran journalist Tony Calvento in a derisive manner. Tony threatened to sue him and he had no choice but to apologize on the air.

He then made fun of GMA Network when he remarked “Kung sinasabing GMA is where you belong, bakit sila nagsisilipatan?" He says it's just a joke but for some people, he was just being his usual insensitive self, often crossing the line in cracking jokes at the expense of others. Some folks are amused when he elicits laughs by putting other people down, but others get offended.

One of them is Joey de Leon, who answered him on social media with: “We don’t care where we belong. Ang iniintindi namin ay TO BE LONG! Or TO BE THE LONGEST.” He adds in another post: “Wala pa pala kaming kabuhay-buhay nung lagay na yun dahil LIFE BEGINS AT 40!” He is referring to his own noontime show, “Eat Bulaga”, the longest running entertainment show in local TV history that will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary.

What Vice forgot when he made of fun of GMA in their noontime show is that Karylle and Bela Padilla, who were present then, both came from GMA and another co-host who’s shown having so much fun with him, was also a former Kapuso. Someone should remind Vice that local showbiz is such a small world, especially now that only two top networks are really active in giving us local shows, so he should be more careful with his jokes that antagonize people.

It’s true that there are Kapuso stars who transferred to Channel 2, but these are the stars whose contracts GMA no longer renewed, like Aljur Abrenica and Louise de los Reyes, who GMA really supported and tried to build up by giving them several starring roles.

Among the stars who began with ABS-CBN but found stardom in GMA are Dennis Trillo and Alfred Vargas, both introduced in Star Circle, and Tom Rodriguez, a PBB discovery. Willie Revillame used to be a Kapamilya but is now also with GMA. Also Ai Ai de las Alas. It’s said that Kris Aquino is also moving to GMA soon.

Vice should really be more circumspect with his pronouncements because we all know that the “gulong ng palad” is round. Sometimes you’re Up and sometimes you’re Down. Vice is on the top today as a Kapamilya property and no one can argue with his success. But as they say, “bilog ang mundo”, you can never predict what will happen next. Knock on wood but, what if his career at ABS-CBN suffers a setback and they drop him like what happened to his “asawa” Kris, do you think he could make a move to transfer to GMA now that he has antagonized them?