Two weeks after the concert of Vice Ganda at the Araneta Coliseum, he is now facing controversy over his comedy spiels.
In one of the segments in his concert entitled i-Vice Ganda mo ako sa Araneta, Vice played as a boldstar and made fun on famous Philippine TV personalities. He used Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda, Gus Abelgas, Willie Revillame, Kim Atienza and Jessica Soho as subjects and portrayed them should they become bold stars.
During his take on Jessica Soho, he envisioned a rape scene which he exaggerates to a gang rape taking potshot on Jessica’s body size. And that spiel on rape and size caught the ire and flak of the netizens.
Vice Ganda was criticized for his unfounded remarks over the respected news anchor. Arnold Clavio, one of Soho’s colleagues in GMA also slammed him on his radio show for using Jessica in his rape joke. He also insinuates, why not use personalities from ABS-CBN. Many people on twitter showed their sympathy for Ms. Soho and bashed Vice Ganda for this jokes.
Fat jokes and making fun of rape? How tasteless and mean. fb.me/IBOj9SvW
— Nina (Mellow 94.7) (@DJ_Nina) May 28, 2013
Reena B.Q. (@rheena_berri) May 28, 2013
That’s too much. Vice Ganda just crossed the line of censures. FYI, Jessica Soho is a well-trusted personality. Don’t be a narcissist.
Rafhael Lorenzana(@migszlorenzana) May 28, 2013
In all my years of knowing Miss Jessica Soho, she is nothing but pleasant and professional. Needless to say, she didn’t deserve that.
Irene (@mindanaoan) May 28, 2013
Rolando A. Bernales (@rabernales) May 28, 2013
im a huge fan of jessica soho, inspiration of many,epitome of pride,respect,dignity, & intelligence #isalute RT Tapos gaganunin lng ni vice?
YanaCM. (@YanaOhNine) May 28, 2013
While I am not saying that what Vice Ganda did was perfectly right, I don’t think it should be dealt with this kind of proportion. Yes they are below the belt jokes but they are still jokes. Who doesn’t laugh in our lifetime when we hear this kinds of jokes? Another thing, in the Arnold Clavio statement, he doesn’t wanted Vice Ganda to joke on Jessica’s but he chided on why not use subjects from ABS-CBN (which Vice did). Is it a great way to defend someone but getting even? When in fact the real premise of the joke is not the rape but the size of the subject.
In my humble opinion we get easily caught by this jokes not because of anything but because we are accustomed to stereo-typing. That we can joke and laugh to nameless people but with famous and well known it is off. One of my twitter friends Jay-R Trinidad even said “This country thrives on insult comedy. that is the cold, harsh truth.”.
Now that the issue is gearing towards rape jokes (which I’m not buying because it’s not just plain rape but a “rape scene” in a movie with the main premise on the subject’s size), one question is lingering my mind that I can’t help but ask, should it be not Jessica Soho that was used, will it be this big issue still?