Currently making waves in the local blogosphere is this tasteless and exploitative segment in a local TV show which took advantage of a child in exchange of a few wads of cash.
In this country where money makes the world go round, and there is a strong culture of mendicancy among the poor: whatever damage that subjecting a child to something like this may bring is erasable with a few thousands pesos. In the case of Jan-Jan, his innocence is worth ten thousand pesos.
I am having problems trying to finish the video since this is so heartbreaking, it’s almost hard to swallow. If I am in the studio, I will smack that annoying “Tita Josie” whose lifelong dream is to hug the moron who is hosting the program. What kind of an effing dream is that anyway? What about sending your kids to good schools or having a better life? Well, all of that is irrelevant as long as you get to hug your “idol” and he gives you a few crisp bills, right?
I don’t have any child yet…but I don’t need to be a mother to know that subjecting your kid to that kind of humiliation on national TV is not the right way to raise a child. And please, I hope Jan-Jan’s parents will not give the same old crap that “the child is doing that to help them out of poverty”. Cos last time I checked, it is not Jan-Jan’s job to bring you out of poverty–as parents, THAT IS YOUR JOB. Your son should be in school or should be enjoying his childhood.
Here’s the latest development on this appalling treatment of children, courtesy of Inquirer.Net:
CHR to probe into child abuse on popular TV program
By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Commission on Human Rights has joined the condemnation of the controversial “Willing Willie” episode where a six-year-old boy was made to perform a lewd dance, saying it was studying the possibility of filing legal charges against those responsible for the “child abuse.”
In a statement Tuesday, CHR said, “This is an exploitation of the child’s innocence and demeans his inherent dignity for entertainment’s sake.”
The CHR said the boy’s family, crowd and the television show, which aired on TV5, were complicit in the “abuse” of the child identified as Jan-Jan Suan.
“The CHR will investigate this incident in order to identify the person/s liable and to recommend proper legal actions against them,” the statement added.