I WISH I could be kinder to Kris Aquino.
She has grown on me like a callus on my foot, something that I can tolerate not because I like it, but because I am not particularly concerned about the aesthetics of my feet.
But Kris Aquino is one figure that deserves a critical piece, if only to serve as a lesson that not all things that laugh like her bring joy.
I am going to bet that had she not been the daughter of a President, she would not have been where she is now. Her debut on entertainment stage was actually a foreboding of a black comedy, when she fell from the stage of a GMA-7 program.
And everything just flowed like a beautiful nightmare, if I may borrow a phrase from one of Beyonce’s songs. She is beautiful perhaps, but still a nightmare.
It is really puzzling why someone who cannot act, sing or dance became an iconic presence in our TV-addicted lives.
But boy, can she talk.
She can talk and turn her hosting into a monologue and her guests into props. And then you realize that she has created a niche in her own universe. She invaded and implanted herself in the consciousness of many people who were looking for some novelty in a world of canned entertainment.
In a way, she is the Digong Duterte of showbiz, in the sense that he broke all conventions. Digong Duterte is an iconoclast, a trendsetter in the world of politics. He defies the expected, and gets out of the box of what is understood to be acceptable conduct in politics and diplomacy.
And you can very well say that of Kris too.
Kris is an iconoclast, a trendsetter in the world of entertainment. She defies the expected, and gets out of the box of what is understood to be acceptable conduct of somebody with her pedigree–-daughter of a hero, daughter and sister of Presidents. In the universe of things, she may be the only entertainer in our history to have such an esteemed genetic brand.
Digong is being accused of human rights violations for his alleged extra-judicial killings.
And Kris Aquino is guilty of human rights violations too.
Let me tell you how.
One can argue that Kris is guilty of violating Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Kris may be providing entertainment to many. But she could also be seen as a punishment inflicted by her former mother network ABS-CBN on people who don’t like her. I know of people who simply cannot stand her, and would liken any moment of watching her antics as akin to torture, and could even be considered as a form of cruelty.
Kris is also guilty of violating Article 9 of the UDHR. “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile,” it says.
To be forced to watch Kris Aquino on TV is akin to being under arrest or detention, even as to be forced to leave just to flee and avoid her is akin to being forced into exile. I have personally experienced this when I have to endure watching her on the bus TV during my daily commute, where she comments on issues about which she has little knowledge, out-talks her celebrity guests, and turns everything happening in the world as hers to own, interpret, divine, bash and trash.
You escape in the privacy of your own space by tuning in to another channel only to be greeted by a commercial being aired there where she endorses instant noodles or something. You see her in billboards. You see her in magazines.
She is so ubiquitous to a point that she has become rudely intrusive, that avoiding her is a difficult struggle. You have to wonder what is in this woman that she can stalk you even in the privacy of your own mobile phone.
And now, she is trying to sustain her intrusion into our lives after the political exit of her brother, and her own exit from ABS-CBN. She tried to interview the President. Unfortunately, or fortunately perhaps, a migraine attack prevented him from showing up.
Kris Aquino violated our human rights. She may not have extra-judicially murdered a drug addict, but she definitely killed art.
She is guilty of murdering the art of acting when she forced many people to go on believing that what she did in her movies was actually acting. She has extra-judicially killed the art of hosting when people believed that this is what she was doing in her talk shows.
Now, if you still don’t realize that this piece is a parody, then you must have been one of Kris Aquino’s human rights victims. You have totally lost it. You should sue her