Tuesday, May 24, 2011

PHILIPPINES - What the TV degrades the image of childhood

It is a story of show-business and hunger for fame, conflict between permissiveness and conservative society, but also exploitation of children. In short, a very Filipino scandal. Willie Revillame, the personality of the highest paid Philippine media landscape, is being investigated for child abuse after being prompted, in March, a boy of 6 years to jiggle like a stripper before a Hilarious audience and millions of viewers during Willing Willie, his show.

Coming from a disadvantaged background, Jan-Jan Suan, face streaming with tears, had agreed to imitate the movements of the pelvis suggestive of a macho dancer for a sum of 10,000 pesos [€ 160] paid to his family. The images of humiliation have spread like wildfire. Ministers and religious leaders rushed to denounce the popular television news presenter.

The Supervisory Board and classification of audiovisual and cinema has announced the opening of an investigation, as the Commission on Human Rights. Staging erotic At first glance, the images of this frail little boy fidgeting nervously on a piece of rapper Snoop Dogg appear innocent. Yet things are not as innocuous as that when we look more closely.

While Jan-Jan cries of despair rippling basin, the studio audience, whose family of the boy, laughing richly, excited by Revillame. Ruthless, the leader pushes the boy to pursue her dancing for money while comparing his performance to Burleske Queen, a Filipino film cult 1970s in which Vilma Santos (now converted into politics) plays a dancer cabaret numbers so traumatized by his sexy she had a miscarriage on stage.

"That's life! Jan-Jan is forced to learn the macho dancing at his age to support his family, "laughs Revillame. If the forces that led Jan-Jan under the spotlight are cultural elements unique to the Philippines, Manila is not an isolated case. Throughout Southeast Asia, games, reality TV shows, talent contests, product launches, advertising and mainstream films are increasingly depicting children and minors in sexualized and erotic way .

In Thailand, a private TV channel has created a contest - "mini-Thai idol" - in which kids parading outrageously disguised, sometimes as young as 3 years of singing and dancing provocatively in racy outfits. The Cambodian and Indonesian public is entitled to similar issues. It is generally perceived as something cute, but we can also consider these shows as incitement to pedophilia.

Thailand again, it organizes beauty contest where girls just beginning to walk are masked and wearing a pink t-shirt proclaiming "I'm single." Treating children as mere commodities is not the preserve of mainstream media. Bars and brothels have made their business a long time. And, according to several experts, Southeast Asia continues to maintain, in public and private spheres, a pernicious culture of impunity vis-à-vis sexual abuse and child trafficking.

Natives and foreigners often assume, incorrectly, that the scourge of pedophilia and child prostitution have declined with the economic and social development compared to what they were in the years 1980 and 1990. But police and researchers say that trafficking and prostitution of young children are rising.

Thailand now serves as a hub for trafficking in child prostitutes, most of whom are from poor countries neighboring Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. For Carina Chotirawe cultural formatting, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, the road is still long for "that parents and society as a whole are concerned about protecting children." He added: "Children dress up in a sexual image, it is a form of abuse is spreading in public blatantly, which is very worrying.

Issuing Revillame was abject. One gets the impression that poverty prostitute, it forces the poor to lend to its whims cons money. Willie thinks he is God, He invites parents so accustomed to the deprivation that they consider is their destiny - and the obscene money they earn instantly, well let's go! "In the eyes of the university, a "cultural formatting" deep is at work in Southeast Asia: "The children are trained to think they will go much further by being sexy as adults.

Education, work and perseverance are losing their value. In Thailand, it is found even in the performances of the nursery schools, where girls dressed to the nines and dance to songs masked with provocative lyrics. No doubt there is a link with child prostitution. In less dramatic cases, if children grow up in an environment more easily and have the chance to escape this fate, they are encouraged to become ready, these models parading, for example, at the motor show.


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