… I don’t care.
But before you prosecute me for my apathy, let me explain. I used to care. I used to follow the drama. It was a steamy story, so of course I was interested! Famous celebrity + rape accusation + a bloody beating = sensational news! And the entire Philippines was tuning in. But more than a week has gone by and I’m tired of how this convoluted he-said-she-said extravaganza has somehow snowballed into this country’s “most important” headline.
It’s an ABS-CBN versus GMA war, with both networks trying their best to either exonerate or vilify Navarro. Two of the biggest networks in our country are fighting and we’re all just eager bystanders to this scandalous media catfight. Not to mention how our politicians are actually joining in and taking sides, trying to ride on this wave of media popularity! As if there aren’t other issues in our country that should be addressed.
And when we look at the social media scene, regarding the scandal, it’s vicious, and to a completely wrong person! The slut-shaming going on completely disgusts me. Whether or not Lee was telling the truth concerning Cornejo’s attempted rape, she doesn’t deserve the mass outrage directed at her. This is exactly why rape victims hesitate to come forward with stories of their attacks, because of the insinuations that come after it. She was asking for it or She deserved it because of how she acts. It’s complete drivel and it was eye-opening to see how many people actually believed this crap.
I’m not saying that the issue isn’t a serious one or that it shouldn’t receive attention. There were people that were hurt and I agree that justice should be served. But I’m tired of the media circus this has become. If these were ordinary people and not high-profile celebrities, would the Philippines be as interested as they are now? And that’s where the hypocrisy lies.
Flora Anne R. Palabrica, 2012-24581