Fingering the Point

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I’m sure that “Direct to the Point,” or is it “Straight to the Point,” on IBC-13 is a fine social and political commentary program, although I’m not so sure about the giant finger of the mustachioed host pointing to the unwashed, uninformed masses crossing to the Quezon Avenue MRT Station.

It scares the shit out of me.

Nothing screams “punditry” more than the classic finger-pointing pose: I can imagine the likes of Ted Failon, Mike Enriquez, Manolo Quezon and Ricky Carandang pose like that on print ads for their respective TV programs.  Finger-pointing gives you an air of authority and reputability.  You have to be taken seriously.  To be perceived as a no-nonsense public service program host, you either fold your arms over like Clark Kent, or point your finger like Kent Brockman.

On more finger-pointing news, it seems that the UAAP Finals between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the De La Salle Green Archers was caused by a “dirty finger” incident involving Archers forward Rico Maierhofer.  In a September 26 article by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Coach Franz Pumaren defended his star player by saying that the gesture was a play signal, not an offensive gesture.  An incensed Pumaren saw the conclusion of the two-game sweep as “the worst officiating ever seen in the Finals.”  You have to give it to the Archer fans for the “sore loser” bits thrown around the Intarnets; if you’re going to lose the most prestigious college basketball award, you should lose it in a better way than having a man down just because of a finger-flickin’-good moment.

It’s hard to make a point with your big toe, so you have to “finger” the point every now and then.  Whenever I gesticulate, I prefer to “hand” my point.  I use a lot of flowing hand-motions, or I gesticulate with my cigarette (or other props, like a rolled-up newspaper, a can of Coke, a spoon and fork, a pen, or whatever is at hand).  Besides, my fingers are not exactly manly enough to do a competent finger-pointing gesture.  I’ve been known to employ a lot of offensive gestures in public, though:

  • The middle finger (the old reliable)
  • The Shocker (I heart this insult, so I use it very sparingly)
  • The Bras d’Honneur (also called the Brazilian Banana or the Gest Kozakiewicza, so offensive that even Bayani Fernando managed to sneak it into his giant “less than one thousand pesos” tarpaulin banners all over EDSA)

On one last note: when I was a kid, penis size was measured through a guy poking his index finger through a piece of folded paper.  If you’ve seen my fingers before…

1 comments on “Fingering the Point”

    • DK
    • September 29, 2008
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    last paragraph was hilarious to me. so scary finger pointing guy in the billboard near Q.ave must really make his women happy. :))

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