Temporary Territory: Slices Migrates! (1)

My home is still my home.

Five years of work on this baby is no joke https://opinion8ated.wordpress.com/, but for the sake of trying — I’m working out something a little different for my usual ‘thought catalogue’.

Be warned: the cake is still the cake, no matter what oven was used to bake.

  1. Red Chic, Wrong Chic

Social media was in an uproar over the Philippine Tattler’s fashion issue cover girl: dictator daughter Imee Marcos. Dressed in an ironic shade of red and flaunting her legs, the seeming image of elegance served as the backdrop for some not-so fashyon editing treatments on social media.

Verdict: There are two sides to the Imee coin. One side lauds the image of an elegant Filipina — radiant, graceful and admittedly sexy at sixty. The other side sees the the glamorized image of a woman who lived luxuriously thanks to a million or so taxpayers. A woman whose seemingly ageless figure was thanks not to a vegetarian diet or genuine good genes, but to good old plastic surgery.

Both sides seemed to make sense to me — but I found myself drawn to a sort of ‘middle ground’.

I feel that I lack the capability to judge the legitimacy of Imee’s physical attributes because I’ve seen no proof that she did indeed go under the knife. I’m drawn to agree, but I don’t want to jump to conclusions. Photos perhaps should provide proof? (anyone have any?)

I don’t really read the Philippine Tattler so I wouldn’t be the type to look forward to their ‘fashion issues’ (do people even read magazines as much nowadays?).

Correct me if I’m wrong, but the real issue here seems to stem from the glorification of an individual whose origins aren’t exactly…. positive?

We don’t really know (or do we?) whether Imee played a big role in the entirety of the human rights violations that were committed during her father’s administration. But the story (and spirit) of Archimedes Trajano seems, to me, substantial proof that she wasn’t exactly against whatever was happening during that time.

I feel as though this argument will last forever if I delve into the involvement of the Marcos kids in their daddy’s dirty deeds. What I do want to know is this:

The justification of the Philippine Tattler in choosing Imee as a cover model

Why the Philippine Tattler has remained mum in the wake of the uproar over the issue (Rolling Stone sure responded promptly in the wake of the controversy that surrounded having the Boston bomber on their cover, but then RS has been known for controversial covers in the past).

Speak up.

2. Bing Bong Bing Bong Bing BOOOONG

Just when you thought the Marcos madness came to an end with the Imee issue, we come face to face with the prospect of having Bongbong Marcos as a possible VP.

It doesn’t end there — the good (not Oxford) man decided to share a few choice words about his thoughts on living with the legacy of his father.

Before we go on further, do check this out:

This piece from Rappler includes segments from that controversial interview

Verdict:

I’m not here to talk about Bongbong’s political record. What I am here to talk about is the fact that I find myself disgusted at his opinion about Martial Law.

Perhaps it would seem too much for him to apologize for what his father did, but the fact that he seems blatantly unaware of the dark side of that period is what bothers me the most. [The GMA article provides some context as to why that was the case.]

A boatload of traumatic stories, novels like Desaparesidos and Dekada 70? So much heartbreak and lifelong dismay brought upon so much Filipinos, and he seems not to have the guts to acknowledge that these incidents were not outliers, but commonalities. Realities that came with that regime.

But then, what are we to expect from a member of the inner circle?

Dissent, really?

Postscript:

Does anyone have any resources that talk about how Ferdinand Marcos played a part in the raising of Imee and Bongbong? I want to know what kind of figure he was in their lives. Perhaps that can provide context as to what their father-son dynamic was. ← this might have something to do with why he perceived things that way.

An easy explanation: they lived grand and were silver spoon kids, and that’s why they’re blatantly unaware of the atrocities that occurred. An obvious answer is education. But, as mentioned earlier… the proof is EVERYWHERE.

From Lualhati Bautista to Rappler’s pieces on a number of student leaders, the resources are there! Do they refuse to listen, or to accept? Perhaps.

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.