Monday, May 16, 2005

VOYEUR NATION

This sex video craze has got to stop. What started it all were the sex video scandals more known now as the ‘La Salle Scandal’ and ‘Dumaguete Scandal’ which came out last year, then followed by every imaginable ‘scandal’ from every town and province. Suddenly, everybody wanted their own claim to fame. From Pampanga to Davao, the whole breadth of the islands was swamped with young men and women huffing and puffing on amateur video.

Next came naked photos from a stolen camera of a so-so TV personality (antedating Paris Hilton by a year), and now this: sex videos of actors and actresses have hogged the talk shows every weekend, during which Filipino families spend all day watching TV with their kids. The affected parties are, of course, doing the rounds to deny (categorically, as usual, ho-hum!) that they are the ones in the videos.

This craze (‘crazy’ is more like it) has got to stop. There are many ways to make a living or boost a sagging career. Titillating as these may be, it’s hardly helping shape our identity as a nation. If anything, it has opened us to the sad possibility that we actually are a voyeur nation.

And I thought Japanese porn was the height of voyeurism. No, really.

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