Let’s digress from all of this politics and brouhaha about blogging and talk about showbiz. After all, I am a showbiz blogger.
(Is that lightning I see and thunder I hear? Oh fishsticks.)
PEP.ph, which is a fine, fine source of objective information about the entertainment industry, has news that Rustom Padilla – who starred in such films as “Gagay: Prinsesa ng Brownout,” “Mistah: Mga Mandirigma,” “Marami Ka Pang Kakaining Bigas,” and “Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure,” former hubby of Carmina Villaroel – is now Binibining “Bibi” Gandanghari.
Woman, model, character, human being, actress, gay… but note: anything BUT Rustom Padilla. Forget whatever idea you have of Rustom right now – yes, down to that “Wheel of Fortune” schtick – and say hello to Bebe Gandanghari.
Yes, Bebe Gandanghari. Not Rustom Padilla.
For all intents and purposes of translation: “Lady Beautiful King.” Sounds anime.
Here’s what the former (?) Rustom Padilla – now Bebe Gandanghari – had to say in that fine example of entertainment broadcast journalism, “Startalk:”
I’d really appreciate if you call me Bebe. Rustom’s not here. Bebe’s here, she’s alive and kicking! Bebe’s a character that people are gonna watch and I’m gonna portray… so, Bebe’s here to stay.
“Bebe…” that’s pronounced “Bi-Bi.”
OK, we all know that Rustom Padilla is gay, is out of the closet, and is happy with where and who he is. No question there. The problem is that there’s a bit of confusion – at least to me – whether it is proper to treat Rustom – or Bebe – as a woman or as a man. I know that Rustom – or Bebe – should be treated as a lovable and capable human being, but it makes things all the more confusing, at least for me.
I don’t know whether this qualifies for “facepalm” or “headscratch;” I have nothing against gay people, but I’m not sure whether Bebe Gandanghari is:
- An actual woman.
- Actually Rustom.
- A character played by Rustom.
- Not Rustom, that Rustom is in fact “dead,” and that Bebe Gandanghari is a “transformation” of the former Rustom Padilla.
- The aliens have invaded, dismembered and discombobulated the guy who starred opposite Alice Dixon in “The Jessica Alfaro Story,” sent him to some alien genetic engineering laboratory, and sent us the secret to universal peace: Bebe Gandanghari.
This is getting quite confusing, really.