I NEVER thought they would be so petty. But then again, it appears that there is no limit to how low they are willing to go just to paint Mocha Uson as a caricature.
Someone posted a meme of Mocha dining at Cibo to make it appear that she is inauthentic, that she could not effectively represent the masses if she could afford to eat there.
I have dined at Cibo, and I do not feel privileged by the experience.
I have friends who work in the NGO community, whose hearts bleed for the poor, and yet on occasions wine and dine in expensive places.
I teach at a university schooling the children of the elite and the privileged, and we consider it part of our mission to transform them into having hearts for the poor, and be their voice. The last time I checked, they are still elites, and would probably consider it a habit to wine and dine in places like Cibo.
And I am sure my university will take offense at any suggestion that we are a finishing school for hypocrisy just because our alumni eat at Cibo.
To be fair, that post may not truly represent the totality of the anti-Mocha sentiment, but it captured a major theme aimed not only at her, but all the others who share views that are either critical of yellow politics, or are supportive of the President, or both.
And these would include Sass Rogando Sasot and Thinking Pinoy.
Uson. Sasot. Thinking Pinoy.
These three form a formidable trio that gives the yellow apologists and the Duterte haters unending headaches. They are their nightmares that have been unleashed courtesy of a public so disgusted with being looked down upon as ignorant, uninformed, crude and vulgar.
The social media pages of Mocha Uson, Sass RogandoSasot and Thinking Pinoy have out-engaged major media platforms. That must have hurt a lot not only for Maria Ressa, but also the elitists whose politics is enabled by the kind of truth-peddling and facts-deploying that Rappler, The Inquirer, ABS-CBN and others profess.
Mocha, Sass and Thinking Pinoy defy attacks based on stereotypes for the simple reason that they possess in them a vast arsenal of counter-narratives that when deployed can mortally wound any hypocrite.
Mocha was slut-shamed, but the worst thing she ever did was to pose sexy, and run a sex-blog. She is far more decent than Leila de Lima who admitted to being the ex-mistress of a married man who was her subordinate, her driver-bodyguard, and who admitted to have financed his material comfort, including contributing to the construction of his house in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan.
Mocha is being accused of pretentiousness for attempting to speak on behalf of the masses, just because she ate in a pretentiously expensive restaurant. But that is actually in the same league as Leni Robredo’s claim that she fights for the laylayan, yet loves to flaunt her designer bags, and whose authenticity took a hit when she allowed her face to be photoshopped beyond recognition for the cover of a glossy fashion magazine whose market is definitely not that laylayan.
Sass RogandoSasot is being caricaturized for her sexual identity as a transgendered Filipina. But deploying this as insult effectively diminishes the politics of those who would fight for Leila and Leni as women under attack by politically incorrect patriarchy. Such attack effectively trashes with it #everywoman feminism, for an attack against Sass’sexual identity amounts to excluding her kind of woman in the battle for Leila.
Sass’ other source of power is her intelligence and academic rigor. No one can accuse her of ignorance, and of lack of familiarity with international politics. She may not have the degree yet, but she has the tenacity and the rigor of an excellent scholar of international relations, which by my standards, far exceeds even those who may have already obtained academic credentials. She took on Richard Heydarian like a professional when the latter demeaned her as just being a graduate student, by simply showing how it is to render informed political analysis that is based on well-articulated theory and well-researched data.
Thinking Pinoy is an anonymous social media presence, and people attack him for being unaccountable. They condemn his refusal to reveal himself as being trollish, and being a faker. But one only has to read his posts to realize that he is one well-researched, intelligent mind. He cites his sources, more than any journalist with a byline. He puts to shame the intrigue-fed journalism of people like Raissa Robles. To put Thinking Pinoy in the category of being an illegitimate source of political discourse can but invite a serious look at the one making the charge for being too fixated on names of authors, and not on substance of content.
In the final analysis, it is hypocrisy that binds those who attack Mocha, Sass and Thinking Pinoy.