28.9.11

STOP THE HATE. GIVE THEM A BREAK.

It’s been a week since that gruesome shooting incident happened inside a mall (refresher course: a 13 year-old boy shoots alleged boyfriend and then shoot himself). It was all over the news. Upon hearing it on television, I became sad. Just because of a crazy little thing called love, two young people lost their lives. Ang sayang lang!
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I’m surprised that someone actually created a fan page dedicated to Jake - the 13-year-old young man. I don't have any idea on what's the real intention of the page creator but I think the page will do more harm than good. Thought there’s a lot of people who expressed their genuine concerns and deepest condolences to the families, there are also a number of overly self-righteous Filipinos who out rightly judged and criticized the two young men without even knowing the whole story. Look, I am not defending Jake for what he has done. Nor I’m tolerating their relationship considering their age but c’mon can we at least give some respect to the souls of these young men and their families.

Some also brought up their sexuality – a nice sample of classic discrimination. NEWS FLASH: This incident can happen to any heterosexual couples out there. All along, I thought that sexual preference discrimination has subsided in the Philippines but it seems that I am wrong.

People might insist these as their own claim of freedom of speech there’s no problem with that. In a democracy, everyone is free to express his opinion. But not all opinions are intended to help. Some, let’s just say, aimed to achieve more sinister results.

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I had a “heated” argument the other day. I reacted to one of the posts (pictured above) of the page I’m subscribing to. I just want people to be more sensitive of the feelings of others. It is just an opinion, as good as anyone’s, but unfortunately it was given more credence than it should.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with finding happiness amidst tragedies. Nor do I have anything against the administrator (after all, why should I, I don’t even know him personally) but I must argue that what he posted is way-out-of-the-line and indeed, inappropriate.

And just because I’m the only one who think that the joke didn’t make a lick of sense nor was it a good one I am automatically close-minded? Wow. With all due respect to him, how can he assert that I am close-minded if he himself just brushed my comment off without even bothering to look where I’m coming from.

*start of rant* Dude, only those who are shallow will use language as a counter argument. You’re at a loss so instead of providing an intelligent counter argument to debunk what I have said, you shoot the messenger. You are not forced to agree with it, you’re free to offer your own “views” but where is it? *end of rant*
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I know that the screen caps are just a very few out of a lot of FBs and tweets re: the shooting incident but I don't need to see the rest to know that there are still people who are just plain irresponsible and insensitive. Can we be responsible posters for once, pretty freakin' please?

Also, let us stop this “hate” thing against the third sex. In the eyes of God, everyone is equal and everyone deserves to be love.

To Jake and Jonathan, you will surely be missed.

18 comments:

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Hate is easy; LOVE takes courage.

Leah said...

Wow.. sino daw ang "close-minded", eh di nga nya kayang tanggapin ang opinyon na iba nung sa knya.. Lol.. kakatawa sya. :p

Daming nagkakalat na mga jokes pareho nyan sa Twitter TL ko tsaka sa FB wall.. Parang ginagawa nang punchline. They weren't funny, but some people find them hilarious. Like duh.. anong nakakatawa dun?

Pathetic.

I hope the souls of Jake and Jonathan find peace. Amen.

len said...

well, wag nalang patulan yung mga ganun..

nakakaawa nga yung mga namatay sa mall.. hays.. :)

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Honestly, I held to my temper as long and as hard as I can Ate Leah. I don't want to lost it. LOL.

Yeah, I don't know how can people joke about a serious thing like this for Pete's sake. And the sad thing is that some people find it funny. Duh! Get real, people!

SunnyToast said...

So much bad things happening now...which one of the reason why i give my television to my sister..I don't wanna hear news like that...stress lang! unlike the net you have an easy way to click or not.....what's going to the world...mama:)

And thank you for your support:) everyone is equal and everyone deserves to be love:)

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Yeah Sunny. Every time I open the television, it's always bad, bad, bad news. Very stressful, indeed.

Stop the hate. Let's spread love (and lust). LOL.

Zen said...

I get your point Hoobert.. We have to respect others.
And making fun out of the incident is no joke too..

Tripper10 : Tripsiders said...

Hi,
Sana huwag nilang gawing biro ang mga ganyan bagay... tsk..tsk..tsk...

Respetuhin sana nila yung pamilya ng 2.

Sey said...

I got this on your comment box "Freedom of speech is the essence of a democratic society but it should not be exercised with unbridled liberty". I hope people would be more careful with what they say and post. Those kind of funny things for them gives them happiness but sadness to the family of Jake and Jonathan.

Let's pray for their soul.

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Hello Zen! Thank God I'm not alone. Respect begets respect as the saying goes. If these people can't say anything good then they better shut up their mouth.

Agree?

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Hey Tripper10, yeah. The families of the two are now in the grieving process. I hope people would understand what they are going through right now.

The best thing that we can do is to just pray for the souls of the two young men.

You're new here right? Thanks for visiting. I really appreciate that you dropped a comment. :D

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Indeed Ate Sey. Freedom of speech is a right of any individual but like all the others, it has its limitations.

And people should know that by now.

Albert Corsame Umbac said...

may they rest in peace!

So sad how people react on this matter. This is one of the reasona why the Philippines is not progressing. I hope THEY'LL find justice. so sad...

i'm following you now. hope you follow me too.. nice post...

Miss `Chievous said...

These things should be taken seriously. It's not something to laugh at or joke about.

When I was younger, I think that these shallow dilemmas are faced by kids outside the Philippines. Pinoys are known to be happy go lucky people. Pero, I think we are being influenced na.

Standing up to your beliefs can always shake your temper. But afterwards, we feel so much better expressing ourselves.

glentot said...

Lakas nya maka-accuse na close-minded ka. Hayaan mo na yung mga yun hindi sila quality human beings.

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Hello Miss Chievous! I can't agree more. People should learn that everything has its limitation.

I have to admit that I was really pissed. Medyo nagalit nga ako. But I held to my temper as long and as hard as I can. Lols.

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Hahaha no comment Sir Glentot!

Thanks for the visit anyway. I really appreciate it. Ilabas mo na yung next installment ng Strange Women series. Hehehe. Excited much.

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Shocker yung nangyari and it is quite sad din how the media turned this into a circus of some sorts.

May napanood nga din ako na YouTube 'tribute' video for the two at sa dulo nalungkot ako dahil sa last pic. Oh well. I hope na what happened to them will serve as a lesson na rin sa iba. Sana din matigil na ang pag-sensationalize dito.