The easiest thing to do would be to ignore it; it’s fairly easy – if not accurate – to pass off Adam Carolla’s latest tirades against the Philippines as sophomoric attempts at satirizing and lampooning the Filipino condition. Right now it’s fairly easy to Google every blog that talks about Adam Carolla, and leave comments about boycotting his show, kicking his ass, belittling him, or engaging him in the kind of intellectual debate in levels he probably can’t even comprehend. Make him go down on his knees, and publicly apologize to an entire nation which he found so convenient to insult.
The other easy thing to do would be to accept it; after all, it is kind of true. For all our experiences with the Teri Hatchers, the Claire Daneses, and the Chip Tsaos of this planet, it seems that a negative observation of the Philippines only becomes “racist” because it is “foreign.” Or that “everybody’s just a little bit racist.” Truth hurts, all right; even an extremely shallow, bankrupt statement like the racial slurs made by Carolla are not that difficult to disagree with. It can even be passed off as satire, or perhaps fair comment, that a comedian – for sheer lack of material or talent to not play the racist card – could do exactly that, and pass it off as artistic license.
I listened to the clips and read the transcripts, and I found it offensive. I found it KSP. Carolla saying, “All they have over there is Manny Pacquiao and sex tours” is proof enough that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. For the lack of heroes and role models, we have Pacquiao – a very good role model at that – and only him. After all, we’ve already rubbed Penaflorida’s face down the gutter because of his crush on Angel Locsin, right?
Then again, the outrage of at least a dozen bloggers out there is not because of the truth – or the absence of it – in Carolla’s sweeping generalization, but because the statement hits, once again, a raw nerve.
What do we do about it? We don’t even have “The Man Show” anymore, so boycotting Carolla is out of the question. Perhaps we can go to the toy stores and look for “Crank Yankers” merchandise that we could burn. For all we know, this may all be a set-up for higher ratings, jumping on the bandwagon, garnering attention, or for all intents and purposes of the benefit of the doubt, it’s his brand of comedy. (Or maybe because Jimmy Kimmel – his partner in “The Man Show” – is an avid fan of Manny Pacquiao.) Technically, Adam Carolla got away with it.
It seems as if all our patriotic outrage and nationalistic fervor can be triggered solely (or worse, only) through the occasional snide, offensive remark about our nation, while all the while we turn a blind eye to things that actually damage us and validate these snarky, racist comments altogether. I say that while we should shoot the hell out of Carolla if that’s what we really want to do, we’re not about to go back to this country without having bullets for the real problems confronting us.
We’re so BV’d by his BS that it triggers the blinding flash of being Filipino, yet our outrage is lost in things that should insult us. The affronts to our dignity should come in things that are already here: in one national newspaper, bogus party-list organizations. You have a bunch of doctors and health workers arrested on the grounds that they’re Communists. In another national newspaper, you have news that the wrong ink was used on our ballots come 2010. You have a journalist being threatened.
We have the daily problems of hunger, graft and corruption, Government incompetence, yet the opinions of a racist comedian lacking material is elevated to something that should merit the outrage of an entire nation? I don’t think so. If Adam Carolla’s feelings on the national boxer, and his thoughts on sex shops in the Philippines matter to us, shouldn’t the daily insult to our intelligence – the shenanigans of This Government and the daily pains and perils of the Filipino condition – affect us more?
Then again, a year ago, we had Chip Tsao.