8 Reasons Why Robin Padilla
Was Right (And Wrong)
By Tim Henares
After being on the receiving end of Pinoy Outrage because he went pretty hard on a Korean magician auditioning in Pilipinas Got Talent, Robin Padilla has made it very clear that he has no apologies to offer.
Robin Padilla’s statement was fairly to the point:
Filipino Hospitality is far different from slavery and stupidity.. mahalin mo ang bayan mo at ang lahi mo lalo ang wika mo bago ang lahi at wika at bayan ng dayuhan. Always Fight for your freedom to gain respect never allow a foreign power to intimidate you in your country just because they are rich. Be a proud Filipino!!! Mabuhay ang lahing kayumanggi!! Mabuhay ang Tagalog Republic!!!
So, is he right? Should the Korean kid have learned Filipino, or should he have cut the kid some slack? Well, like most things, the answer lies somewhere in between.
8. Right: Jiwan Kim could have learned a bit of Filipino to appeal to the judges.
If Jiwan Kim really wanted to appeal to the judges, nothing could have endeared him better than to learn a few key phrases to get them on his side. Sandara Park knew this very well.
A star was born.
In fact, thanks to Angel Locsin coaching him, Jiwan ended up doing just that, making Angel Locsin 2-0 against DDS people. Just ask Mocha.
7. Wrong: Jiwan Kim should not be required to learn Filipino just to qualify.
This is a free-for-all talent show, and Jiwan Kim was given the opportunity to strut his stuff. Even if he didn’t know a lick of Filipino, the worst he should have gotten was a few ribs from the judges, but not an outright refusal for him to demonstrate his talent.
6. Right: Other countries don’t necessarily adjust for us.
It’s hard to get around countries like Japan or France if you don’t know a bit of the language because they notoriously don’t like it when people are ignorant of their language. After all, when in Rome, do as Romans do, right?
5. Wrong: This is a talent show audition, not the mean streets.
There’s a time and a place to be a hardass. Guess what, Robin? This wasn’t one of them, especially since we don’t get that kind of treatment when we send our non-English speaking talents to other countries to audition.