Nicole Reflux

Call it Nicole Reflux–or whatever it’s called when an alleged victim ofย  sexual abuse does a 180 and settles out of court and gives serious bloggers an excuse to be fashionably cynical– but it’s happened again. And it couldn’t have happened to a bigger douche bag.

This guy.

This guy.

Recently, Yasmien Kurdi filed a case against Baron Geisler for allegedly harassing her by copping a feel and masturbating in front of her. Words like “walang atrasan (no turning back)” and the fight for the dignity of women were thrown around.

Now, though, she just wants a public apology from Geisler. Judging from his awkward and drunken apology on “Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition,” though, where Baron pretty much blamed everything on a dependency on alcohol and then proceeded to act accordingly , the apology may come off more offensive than the original act.

(UPDATE: I guess she’s pursuing the case again.)


  1. Fashionably cynical? LOL. Hardly. Nowadays, I think it is more fashionable to pump fists and wave flags at the slightest provocation.

  2. @rom: What’s your basis for that statement? Membership in student activist organizations has been dwindling since ’01, and even before that, it was hardly cool to be an activist.

    Also, what counts as a slight provocation? I seem to recall similar fists and flags over some article some Chinese guy wrote.

  3. Hmm. I do see na uso ngayon ang commercialized congregation. (I couldn’t think of a better way to name it, pero you’ll see what I mean.)

    How many brands do we see that have tv adverts of supposedly rallying behind some cause or banding together for whatever reason pero yun pala for a certain product lang? Let’s see.

    [1] There’s this fruit-flavored yoghurt (which I will not plug) in a rally scene tv ad;

    [2] then there’s this money transfer service (that I cannot plug either because the ad was so contrived and bullshitesque I tuned out and couldn’t recall the brand) using black&white scenes of assembly and protest;

    [3] there’s this lower-end mobile telecoms brand (that oddly, absolutely none of my contacts subscribe to because if they’re not on G___E, and they’re not on S___T, they’re on S_N) with endorsers Dantes & Montano with their lot parading and waving their brand’s flag; and

    [4] there’s this powdered milk brand that made its major celebrity endorsers and “mommy” models pose in groups gesturing a triangle with their thumbs and index fingers.

    These days everybody wants to believe he/she takes a stand for something. Just to feel good about themselves. Hay nako.

  4. Ramon M,

    Wow. You’re absolutely right. I wonder if that trend somehow reflects a growing militant sentiment among the people. (Probably not, but here’s hoping.)

    The cellphone ad was pretty nice, actually. Well, it was pleasing to the eyes, at least.

  5. onetamad:after your exchange with ramon m., do I have to answer the question why I think it’s more fashionable to pump fists and wave flags? LOL.

    As to what constitutes a slight provocation, that’s pretty subjective. What may not matter to me may be enuff for you to take to the streets, yes?

    And you soooo missed the point of my post that you linked to.

  6. rom: That the number of protest-themed ads means that protesting with raised fists and such is now in vogue.
    They’re hardly the same thing.

    If you mean the feel-good movements like Ako Mismo and I am Ninoy, though, then I agree with you (especially on Ninoy.) But that’s not the parliament of the streets that we’re talking about either.

    On the other hand, you got me on everything else.
    Finding something offensive is subjective, and I should have known better.

    Also, my girlfriend said that linking to your post was pretty childish of me, and she’s right. Sorry.

  7. Adverts reflect trends. Occasionally, adverts start fads, but by and large, adverts work because they resonate with what people either do already or are pre-disposed to do. So, the increase in protest themed adverts can be said to reasonably reflect the current frame of mind of most people about what’s important and what’s worth doing. In this case, mass action.

  8. rom: How do you know this?

    The advertisements promote devotion to the product, as one would have for an ideology, sure. But that’s just the concept, the treatment developed by the creative team. They don’t necessarily reflect anything.

    The whole Republic of TM gimmick, as well as the protest-themed ads for yoghurt, etc. could just as well reflect the same us vs. them concept of the Kapamilya and Kapuso campaign than the rebirth of a protest culture.

    If mass action is as fashionable as you say, then where are the people?

    In UP alone, the numbers of protesters even against budget cuts and tuition fee increases (historically the most attended) have been going down. The last mob I saw could hardly fill a large classroom.

    Even the rallies for the extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program have not been in very impressive numbers. And that was an issue with broad multi-sectoral support.

    The most people I’ve seen in a concerted effort to push an agenda was when Quezon City Rep. Anna Susano trucked in her constituents to oppose the Reproductive Health bill. And none of those in attendance would, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered fashionable.

  9. Oy! don’t be too literal, one. When I said it was more fashionable to pump fists, I wasn’t just referring to people going out in the streets. I’m talking about people jumping onto bandwagons and hollering their outrage or support or whatever by whatever means – be it out in the streets, or in the comfort of a starbucks with a wifi-ed laptop.

    that’s a frame-of-mind thing, one. a predisposition, if you will, that the makers of adverts capitalize on heavily, and it shows. art imitating life, y’know?

    the protest culture has’t been re-born. it has merely evolved into a form that maybe you haven’t recognized yet. Which is ironic considering that this site of yours is precisely a manifestation of protest culture 2.0.

  10. rom: That wasn’t what you said at all. I gave you the chance to jump on that by saying that I would agree with you if you meant movements like Ako Mismo, but you ignored it.

    With no context to your assertion, there really is no other way to take it but literally.

    Again, you can’t point to commercials as proof of a protest culture. These are made by creative directors, and reflect only their aesthetic vision, and are not necessarily signs of the times.

    And that doesn’t even wash, really. Consider the ads for TM and the unnamed remittance service. These hardly cater to people “in the comfort of a starbucks with a wifi-ed laptop.”

    The yoghurt and milk campaigns, on the other hand, target mothers and such, not your typical hotbed of radicals.

    Your argument is pretty much based on an assumption.

    Granted twitter and other social-networking sites have made it easier for people to speak out, this still doesn’t mean that protest has become, as you say, fashionable.

    What percentage of tweets on your list are about dissent and dissatisfaction with the government? What percentage of tweets in total?

    Also, we are not a protest website or even a political one. If you skim through the site, you’ll see that we’re not even a serious blog at all. So your assertion that this “is precisely a manifestation of protest culture 2.0” doesn’t wash either.

    That being said, none of us is going to gain anything from a long debate on this thread. You’ve said your piece, I’ve said mine.

    If you want to get a final word in, that’s fine. But I don’t think this will end until one of us disengages, so how about we end this beef already?

  11. Interesting exchange, you guys.

    Just a moment ago I saw on C/S9 an advert showing people rallying again – this time for a bottled energy drink (clue: brand name is a word referring to a skilled Japanese warrior of medieval times). The advert shows the brand’s below-the-line people carrying placards saying fight fatigue. They were “rallying” at Welcome Rotonda (prolly hoping for free coverage by curious MEDIA).

    Usong uso talaga.

  12. Dunno what you mean by “good,” though I wouldn’t call it bad either. It was clever, because they’re targetting motoristas specif. jeepney/bus drivers and ticket boys that would get bottlenecked doon sa Welcome Rotonda (especially with their “rally” eh sisikip talaga du’n). May sampling sila ng energy drink nila in plastic cups doon mismo. While this might not have made it into the news kasi hindi tunay na rally, I give them points for pulling it off.

    If I may overanalyze it a bit, it ain’t as goofy an idea as that Calcium-rich milk brand’s event that aimed to have women dancing like silly in the streets. For at least 2 different years they tried to run that event; the absence of post-event press release splatterings for both years tells us just how successful they were.

  13. It’s an example of what Rom said about what people already do or what they’re predisposed to do. In this case, the rally pakulo seemed somewhat less contrived compared to the dancing-in-the-streets-for-reasons-other-than-actual-celebration.

  14. I gotta ask onetamad and rom (if she gets to read this) because I couldn’t understand for the life of me:

    Within the context of the arguments you both wrote above, who can explain (sorry but this will digress from the article on top) why in hell Kris Aquino is all over the place, i.e., in all sorts of commercials? I mean, what does that say about us as Pinoys? What is the underlying trend there?

    Second only to Sunshine Dizon (for whom GMA7’s preference I will also never understand because she’s in more places than Marian is), Kris appears to have sold her soul to the devil to become the Oprah-wannabe that she is today. So bakit nga ba? What’s the insight that I’m missing here?

    (You might say maysado akong apektado, but really – I just don’t get it. I doesn’t give me a proper formula for success. Unless, of course, the message pala is that it takes a real freakin’ bitch to succeed (and even that is problem for me because I’m a dude!)

  15. @Ramon M: It would be great if the next ad shows the cops hosing them down with Extra Joss from their water cannons.

    @Monty Dean: That’s quite a question indeed. I think it deserves its own post, in fact. Here’s a clue: the Devil.

  16. Looking forward to that post ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw, your Extra Joss hose-down idea is hilarious! rofl

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