How someone looked down upon as a diva of soft-porn in cyberspace has created so much disturbance, to a point that bleeding heart human rights activists and lovers of freedom of expression, could be so disoriented that they ended up miserably contradicting themselves?
How the high and mighty experts in academe, with pedigrees from world-renowned Universities both here and abroad, wearing suits and speaking in twangs, could be so threatened that they ended up clutching on their advanced degrees as symbolic lifelines to a losing battle with one without a formal training in their fields of expertise?
How the seasoned journalists of Rappler and Inquirer, trained in CNN, schooled in esteemed journalism schools, all veterans in news gathering and reporting, could be blindsided by one whose only credential in media is giving advice on how to French kiss, and how to prolong orgasm?
I call this phenomenon as “Mocha Usoned.”
And now, some from the class of the pedigreed scholars and the human rights activists, lovers of knowledge and freedom of speech, have banded with the self-righteous moralists to demand that the diva, the sex-kitten, the usurper of academic discipline, the high priestess of trolls and fake news sites, Mocha Uson to her millions of fans, be gagged.
And media stands in horror, watching and wondering how on earth this Mocha character could have jeopardized the very foundation of their freedom to write and publish, even as they share the guilt for being part of the crowd that demonized and delegitimized her.
In a moment of disgust, half-due to the shock that they felt for being routed by one with lesser academic credentials, half-due to the shame that they felt for falling in the hands of an amateur sex blogger, these scholars and activists, mostly anti-Duterte in their politics, decided to fight back. They are now circulating a petition for Facebook to take down Mocha’s FB blog site and its over 4 million likes.
Mocha Uson is being targeted for destruction for allegedly being a purveyor of half-truths, for allowing her blogsite to become the nesting ground of fake news, and to some for exposing her cleavage in social media.
But the real story goes beyond this.
Mocha Uson is being targeted by the decent and the learned for the simple reason that she exposed their hypocrisy and destabilized their sources of power.
Mocha Uson is powerful not because of her intelligence. She is powerful because she renders intelligence useless.
She is powerful not because she produces facts. She is powerful because she renders facts irrelevant.
She has become powerful by reinventing her sexuality.
The pedigreed scholars, the renowned journalists, and the self-righteous moralists suddenly found their comfort zones assaulted.
Mocha challenged the foundation of scholarship, by asserting that academic knowledge is not necessary for one to become influential and be followed by millions of people.
She diminished the foundation of media by becoming a living example that one does not have to be schooled in journalism to be read by millions of followers.
She undermined the moral foundation of self-righteousness by projecting a kind of sexual agency post-feminism that turned her cleavage into a source of power, then reinventing it and ended up exposing political hypocrisy. She embraced her physicality and transformed the slut-shaming she got into a capital to put to shame the hypocrites that demeaned her as merely an objectified sex kitten, yet are defenders of one looking so decent but plays around with married drivers and bodyguards.
Mocha Uson destabilized, challenged, unmasked. She forced the contradictions of the conflicted, hypocritical social elites to unravel. And nothing could be more compelling to watch than to see human rights advocates be so diminished when those who staunchly defended the right to life of drug criminals did not think twice to sign a petition that would deny Mocha her right to speak and write.
Her detractors could have just blocked her. But she has millions of followers to spare.
For the elite, Mocha Uson is a danger who needs to be neutralized. For the self-appointed gatekeepers of acceptable speech, Mocha deserves to be silenced for daring to encroach on their monopoly over political virtue, history and truth.
And the arrogance of self-entitlement is just so deep-seated for this class that they are also taking down others like Sass Rogando Sasot, who has been suspended from Facebook on several occasions, and like Thinking Pinoy and I who have been constantly subjected to trolling and cyber-bullying.
But it is Mocha Uson’s gag petition that has brought everything into a clearer picture of how disoriented and desperate this defeated noisy crowd has become that they are willing to compromise a fundamental right. They speak of democracy and deploy #neveragain hashtags, yet are now using the same weapons the dictatorship deployed.
They are in panic just because of one Mocha Uson.
“Mocha Usoned.” Remember this, for it may become a term that is synonymous with hubris and hypocrisy soundly defeated by an amateur.