Looking Back: That Woman Who Called You a Slacker

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

This is part of Malu Fernandez's article some time in 2008 entitled, "THE PROBLEM WITH BLOGGING" and I must say, the woman loved attention --- specifically,  the attention she gets from bloggers. She probably realized that the time and effort bloggers have given her after the brouhaha on her People Asia article (remember this? published in June 2007 back when blogging was still super "in") made her quite famous notorious. Cliche as it is, "negative publicity is still publicity."

You see, for her to say that "blogging is a slacker job or a medium and pastime for lonely people to connect" is such a direct attack on bloggers --- making us look like pathetic people who've got nothing to do. You see Malu, "some people knit, others blog!" That's how it is --- a hobby that isn't necessarily related to slacking. Most bloggers are professionals. Some are intelligent homemakers who chose to stay at home to fill a much challenging role of being mothers. I don't see any slacking on that, more so, loneliness. I started blogging back when I was the happiest, in fact blogging is where I found a whole new world separate from my "happy happy life." Although don't get me wrong, there are bloggers who are sad and really find comfort typing away in cyber space but it's just as good as journalists who write their worries away or a public school teacher or the street vendor --- anyone can be lonely and choose an outlet they deem to be effective. Lonely people don't just decide, "I am so depressed I'm going to blog!" and yes of course, bloggers can also be slackers, just as an accountant could, or a secretary, a doctor, or a lawyer --- anyway, you get my point.

I agree that blogs can be a haven for coward people hiding in anonymity. It's still an issue to date. I mean, how many comments have I blocked for insane useless remarks I've received, hahaha. People get all so "tapang" when they can remain nameless. It's a sad fact but it's just gotten so accessible online. People can also talk about you and ruin your reputation while keeping their identities secret as well. It's just harder offline you know. I just don't know why the negativity.

Yes, Malu was bashed by bloggers because she was bigot and quite "mata pobre!" --- anong magagawa mo, those who read People Asia do blog. Sila ang generation who stay online 24/7. Kami yun! You won't get your articles read by those who are always staying at the kantos or sa pondahan sa probinsya tapos idi-discuss nila kung pano ka napagkamalang DH tapos akala mo, nasa impyerno ka na! Dapat inaalam din ang market ng sinusulatang magazine or dyaryo. Ang nagbabasa ng mga articles na ganyan who will take time talking about it ay yung mga palaging online.

I felt dismay because I discovered about these remarks on bloggers seven years too late! Grabe. Masyado ba akong umiwas sa blog world noon for me to not have read it? Well, I have no idea what happened to her years after since I live in Siberia and honestly, I don't care. I just hope people of such high opinion of themselves especially those who get gratification by belittling others won't be given shots in major publications. For all I know, she now blogs. But yeah, she'd separate herself from us because she probably walks alongside Perez or Bryanboy, patawa sa earth lang talaga. #YAYAMANIN

I am posting the article that started it all and caused people to call her names [oh well --- she is bigot indeed] (photos grabbed from www.oocities.org via google image search) --- see below.

Controversial highlights from the article:

However I forgot that the hub was in Dubai and the majority of the OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) were stationed there. The duty-free shop was overrun with Filipino workers selling cell phones and perfume. Meanwhile, I wanted to slash my wrist at the thought of being trapped in a plane with all of them.

While I was on the plane (where the seats were so small I had bruises on my legs), my only consolation was the entertainment on the small flat screen in front of me. But it was busted, so I heaved a sigh, popped my sleeping pills and dozed off to the sounds of gum chewing and endless yelling of “HOY! Kumusta ka na? At taga saan ka? Domestic helper ka rin ba?” Translation: “Hey there? Where are you from? Are you a domestic helper as well?” I though I had died and God had sent me to my very own private hell.

On my way back, I had to bravely take the economy flight once more. This time I had already resigned myself to being trapped like a sardine in a sardine can with all these OFWs smelling of AXE and Charlie cologne while my Jo Malone evaporated into thin air.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good summer. Jetting from the Aegean Sea to the Pacific may sound a bit pretentious until you wake up in economy class smelling like air freshener.

From Malu’s response to the complaints:

As I type this, I’d like you to know that it’s not about whining, complaining and bitching but just stating the facts. Just recently, I wrote a funny article in my magazine column and my friends thought it was hilarious. It was humorous and quite tongue-in-cheek, or at least I thought so, until the magazine got a few e-mails from people who didn’t get the meaning of my acerbic wit. The bottom line was just that I had offended the reader’s socioeconomic background. If any of these people actually read anything thicker then a magazine they would find it very funny. Most people don’t get the fact that they need bitches like me to shake up their world, otherwise their lives would be boring and mediocre. I obviously write for the a certain target audience and if what I write offends you, just stop reading.

Although it may sound elitist to you the fact is this country is built on the foundation of haves, have-nots and wannabes. One group will never get the culture of the other. Although I could mention that it is easier to understand someone who has a lower socioeconomic background that would entail a whole other page and frankly I don’t want to be someone to bridge the gap between socioeconomic classes. I leave that to the politicians in my family who believe they can actually help. Now I seriously ask you, am I being a diva or are people around me just lacking in common sense? Perhaps it’s a little of both!

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Bloggers are slackers: Photo was grabbed from http://therealincognitogeek.tumblr.com

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