Video by Timmy Basil
HAIRSTYLIST to the stars Ricky Reyes has urged his fellow members in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community to “stay in their place” amid debates on the controversial Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality (Sogie) bill.
In a YouTube video posted by a certain Timmy Basil on Monday, Reyes expressed how people in his community were defined.
“Kung ikaw ay may nota, sa lalaki ka. ‘Pag may kipay ka, sa babae ka,” (If you have penis, you are a man. If you have a vagina, then you’re a woman), he said.
“Nirerespeto kita bilang tao, nirerespeto kita bilang bading, pero lumugar tayo sa tamang lugar.” (I respect you as a person; I respect you as someone who’s gay, but let’s know our place.)
He further compared sex reassignment surgeries to “making burgers”.
“Kung nagpa-opera ka, ang bakla, miski may kipay na, may boobs na, bakla pa rin ang utak niyan,” (If you underwent surgery and you’re gay, even if you have vagina and breasts, you are still gay), he said. “Gilingin mo man ‘yan, ang labas niyan baklang hamburger.” (Even if you mix them all together, the result is a gay hamburger.)
The comments came after the controversy surrounding a shopping mall in Quezon City, that involved transgender woman Gretchen Diez who was not allowed to use the women’s washroom inside a mall and was forcefully removed from the premises.
Despite being in a relationship with someone from the same sex, Reyes opposed same-sex marriage, but was in favor of same-sex unions.
“Ang kasal ay para lamang sa lalaki at babae,” (Marriage is only for a man and a woman), he said.
“Mayroong kasabihan sa Catholicism na sacrilege – pambabastos sa relihiyon. ‘Wag na. Ang pagpapakasal bigay natin sa babae’t sa lalaki ‘yan, ‘di ba. Kung gusto niyong mag-union, eh ‘di mag-union kayo.” (Among Catholics, this is called sacrilege, which means the insulting of religion. Don’t do it anymore. Let’s just give marriage to the man and woman. If you want to have a union, then go have a union.)
On the YouTube video, Reyes was praised by people in favor of traditional marriage.
“Grabe ang respeto ko sa inyo mother! Ang lawak po ng pang unawa nyo,” (I have so much respect for you, mother! You are very open-minded), commented user Fatima.
“Mataas na ang estado ni Mader Ricky Reyes sa lipunan and yet he remains humble,” (Ricky Reyes has achieved so much and yet he remains humble), wrote Lanie J.
“Thumbs up po kay mader,” (Thumbs up, mother), commented Hardrik Laureta.
“With all due respect to LGBT community, accept the facts that you are born male or female. It doesn’t mean na tanggap na ang LGBT sa society… pwede n’yo nang gawin ang gusto n’yo. Tama si mader Ricky… Lumugar kayo sa tama. I’m not against sa mga bakla-tomboy. (It doesn’t mean that if the LGBT is respected in society, you can do whatever you want. Mother Ricky is right. Stay in the right place. I’m not against gay people.) I respect them the way I respect everyone. But there are places that you can just go and do what you want. If you want everyone to respect you… then respect other.”
However, on Twitter, views were less favorable.
The Superficial Gazette of the Philippines, a parody account, posted a link when Reyes lost a 2015 lawsuit against an HIV positive man, whom his company fired.
“Wala na ngang naitulong si Ricky Reyes sa mga LGBT+, discriminatory at nanggugulo pa,” (Ricky Reyes has done nothing for gay people, he was already discriminatory and causes confusion.) the account tweeted. “Like a black person who supports racist Nazis, a woman who supports violence against women, or a Filipino who supports China.”
“Nabuhay si Ricky Reyes sa panahong OK lang bugbugin ang bakla, ilublob sa drum ng tubig,” (Ricky Reyes lived in a time where gays are being bullied and drowned.) tweeted @JerryGracio. “Dahil nakaangat siya sa buhay, akala niya, OK na ang mga beks. Kaya gusto niyang ‘lumugar’ ang bakla sa gilid, OK lang may bakla basta’t nasa gilid-gilid. Hindi lahat ng icon ay iconic.” (Because he rose in life, he thought the gay people are OK. That’s why he wants gays to “stay in their place”. It’s OK if they’re gay as long as they’re on the sidelines. Not all icons are iconic.)
Reyes was accused in 2015 by a certain Renato Nocos, who sued the hairstylist for illegal dismissal, underpayment of 13th month pay and wages, non-payment of holiday pay, and separation pay, which Reyes’ company denied.
President Rodrigo Duterte certified the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality (Sogie) bill as urgent on Tuesday. The bill was opposed by mostly evangelical Christian groups.