In the middle of last week, a mini-drama saga erupted from out of nowhere as Ethel Booba, supposedly a staunch critic of the government, suddenly did a full 180 degrees, in effect denying the last several years of her wildly popular Twitter account, @iamethylgabison.
It’s still confusing to a lot of people to this very day, so here are 8 things you need to know about this whole saga.
8. @iamethylgabison started as a parody account.
Much like @iamsuperstarmarian, the Ethel Booba account was apparently not official so much as it was a parody account of the person. The account’s administrator never knew Ethel, never met her, and never got paid for a thing. Functionally speaking, this means that all the wit on display that we attributed to Ethel Booba this whole time was the product of a ghost writer. Yes, this includes Ethel’s book, which the ghost writer wrote and Ethel claimed all the credit for.
7. Ethel claimed the Twitter account because it was crazy popular.
At the peak of the Twitter account’s popularity, Ethel Booba often promoted it despite apparently not owning it because both she and her talent agency, Viva, liked the positive press it was getting. After all, even the 8List noticed that Ethel Booba successfully reinvented herself via her Twitter account, often butting heads with Mocha Uson. It was a clash of two B-List celebrities that practically wrote itself at the time – only for everyone to find out it was a sham.
6. You can tell the difference between real-life Ethel and online Ethel.
Anyone closely observing Ethel Booba could tell that despite her apparent change of image on her Twitter account, nothing has changed whenever she’s on television. Yes, the parody account was doing an amazing job of mimicking the real-life Ethel, but when it came time to be as witty as her online version, the real-life version was often found wanting. Most of the people watching her chalked it up to the differences between live TV and having the time to write while behind a computer.
5. Turns out, real-life Ethel is a Duterte supporter.
Hey, no judgments here. People can vote and support who they like. The problem is, whereas fake Marian and real-life Marian are probably aligned politically even if they don’t really have anything to do with each other, parody Ethel and real-life Ethel ended up in direct conflict with each other, as the real Ethel Booba voted for the president, and apparently still supports him to this very day.
4. Ethel is being disingenuous about the account being “too political” only now.
Well, it looks official: Ethel booba comes out as DDS in her youtube vid. She says she dont know the twitter acct admin and that she only “owned” it at the height of its fame because viva and fans loved it. Shes disowning it now coz it has turned political
In a way, it feels.. pic.twitter.com/3ROXa4zKOq
— Joaquin Closet (@andy_crush) April 14, 2020
Inasmuch as Ethel wants to pretend the Twitter account got political only this year, it’s actually been taking shots at the government for a long time now. The mere fact there was a Twitter feud with Mocha should be all the hint one needs that this has been going on for a long while, and only in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic did this suddenly become an inconvenience to the real-life Ethel.
3. There is no point speculating if Ethel was threatened so she would disown the account.
People are speculating that Ethel Booba, being a loud celebrity voice against the president at the time, was threatened to do a 180 degrees behind the scenes. Not only is there no evidence to prove this, it seems a lot more likely that what she is saying has always been the case – that this was all the product of a ghost writer who has outlived his or her usefulness to Ethel Booba.
2. There is no point hoping for a reconciliation.
The ghost writer and Ethel Booba are apparently politically at odds, and we’ve often seen people say that friends shouldn’t stop being friends over political opinions. There are a few problems with that.
First, why shouldn’t they, if those differing political opinions reflect differing values that simply cannot co-exist with each other? Some differences are simply insurmountable.
Secondly, who ever said they were friends in the first place?
1. The Twitter account is now a shade-throwing testament to this new reality.
A look at the renamed “Fake Ethel” twitter account shows that its bio now proudly calls itself a parody account – until Ethel Booba claimed it was hers. The shade being thrown would really help us in the coming summer days.
It does make one wonder, though… who else is going around with a ghost writer and getting super popular on the internet through other people’s efforts? Is Carlos Agassi even really wearing all those speedos, or is it just some body double who’s green screening Carlos’s face onto his sculpted abs and bulge? We may never know.
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