Blogs have changed.
Pictures got bigger,
Prose got shorter,
And yet we’re still
Hello everyone I got lost for the past few days, but now I’m back with a vengeance and one crappy post. So here’s another blackout poetry taken right out of a newspaper. Unlike Addie’s blackout poems that keeps getting better and better, mine seems to be getting worse. I means look at the way I scribbled! A kindergarten would have done a much better job, yeah and people call me an ‘artist’. hahaha.
But never mind the way I did it, and focus on the thought. I read this article from last Friday’s Youngstar column over at the Philippine Star. I really agreed that blogs nowadays have evolved from the original online diary a.k.a a ‘web log’ (thus derived the term blog) into picture galleries, with little or no thoughts at all. Tumblr got a lot of those. And I’ll be in that platform myself for my art blog launch this summer! God bless the exciting world of blogging and its fascinating citizens.
Point No. 2: (yes this is a treyenwan post, as in three thoughts in one post) At the very back of the article linked above, is another curious topic which has become nowadays a national controversy. Youngstar actually run a post using two of its best writers to write it, click here. The topic is about this March FHM cover featuring Bela Padilla (wait is she Robin’s daughter?). My question is: Is this picture racist or not?
In my personal opinion as an artist, feeling artist pala, NO COMMENT. Racism is really not a topic I would tackle on this blog. It’s just too sensitive and very subjective just like the appreciation of an artwork: a garbage for others, might be a gold for me. Although, at a first glance those black ladies were downgraded a bit to highlight the goddesslikeness of Bela. But truth be told this particular cover is one of my favorite shoot in FHM history. I love the emphasis and the contrast cast by clever lighting of the picture (I wonder how much of it were photoshopped?), I can recall myself saying ‘This is one bombshell material’. Bela is now a lot more famous thanks to the controversy. I was surprised when I learned BBC interviewed her, whew it’s really a big stir, international level. Bela apologized during that broadcast. What a good girl, but it’s not really necessary for her to give an apology when you know you didn’t do anything wrong or had motives to hurt people. It wasn’t her fault for Christ sake!
Then this afternoon I saw the controvesial issue in the magazine stands and found out there’s already a new cover, a far cry from the original. FHM changed what could be a classic magazine cover, because some people got irritated and called it racist. That’s freedom of expression, great. Lesson: Just because this is a democratic country doesn’t mean you can do unlimited forms of arts however you like it. You also have to think the possible reactions from your audience. If it ain’t appreciated it no art, it’s crap man.
Point Number 3. I just watched a downloaded video of last week’s 84th Annual Academy Awards and Billy Crystal and some of its presentors were very funny. Love that show! Congratulations to The Artist for winning the major awards. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’ll try maybe tomorrow I hope it wont make me doze off (like that paking Tree of Life). Bagotilyo, our online superhero blogger, requested help for a cover design for his fesbuk timeline, and I notice the word ‘Artist’ so I quickly came to the rescue. And here’s the result: Ka ‘ching!
- Bela Padilla: Filipina Actress Apologizes; FHM Pulls ‘Racist’ Cover (ibtimes.com)
- VIDEO: FHM Philippines in racism storm (bbc.co.uk)
- ‘Racist’ Filipino Magazine Cover Axed After Online Outrage (heloise8.wordpress.com)