In Defense of Willie Revillame – An Analysis of the Jan-Jan video

Watch the video again. Again. Closely. Pay attention. Watch the kid. Watch Willie. Listen. Consider the whole situation.

Outrageous, isn’t it? Willie Revillame was actually trying to SAVE the kid from humiliation.

YeahbuhWHAT?

To everyone saying that it’s degrading for the kid to dance like a stripper: you’re wrong.

Can’t blame you for thinking this, especially when Willie likened his performance to the scene in Burlesk Queen where a stripper was crying as she performed her dance, all too aware of the indignity and sexual degradation that she’s sunk into.

But see, Willie was making a joke. Because this is a completely different situation.

The kid’s humiliation doesn’t stem from the fact that he’s pantomiming a risque dance. He doesn’t understand that the act is sexual in nature. Or even what the hell “sexual in nature” means.

Proof: watch his face as he starts dancing automatically every time they start to play the music. Blank. Robotic. It’s Pavlovian how he goes through the exact same motions when that music starts playing.

To him, it’s just a meaningless act he was taught to do. This is what parents do, and probably what your parents did to you too: train their kid to perform tricks for their amusement. Doing a little skit, singing a little song — all so they can show you off to neighbours and relatives.

But for you and a million other angry netizens, because you recognise this particular trick as a risque dance, you imagine with horror what the kid must be feeling: the indignity of having to gyrate like a Babylonian harlot in front of this jeering audience.

But he doesn’t feel that way at all. This is just a cognitive bias on your part. You’re projecting. Because you think it’s sexually humiliating, you think that he also thinks it’s sexually humiliating. But it’s not. HE’S A SIX-YEAR-OLD KID.

It’s just a trick to him.

The kid wasn’t crying because he’s being exploited sexually. He’s crying over something else.

But what? Let’s return to the source.

In the scene where the kid is stepping up to the stage for his first dance. He’s already in tears. If it’s shame at his sexual act, as in Burlesk Queen, then he should only have started crying after he started the performance. But he already had tears in his eyes when he started, so let’s rewind.

You’ll notice that the kid was in a good mood before the performance starts, while Willie was talking to him. Pay attention to how Willie talks to him. He was actually very nice about it. His tone is gentle and earnest, and he would affectionately repeat and refer to to the kid’s name (“Ilang taon na si Jan-jan?”).

He does crack some jokes when he finds the kid’s response funny (like with the Dad owning a parlor.) and he and the audience have a laugh at it, but two things: one, these jokes go over the kids head (like how the sex thing is beyond him). You’ll see him smiling along as the audience laughs about it. Second, he reins in the audience when he senses the kid getting uncomfortable and then resumes his earnest questioning.

Listen to the kid’s voice throughout all this: normal. He even gives Willie some attitude when asked about his favorite singer. “Di po ako kakanta! (I’m not singing!)” he protests, which makes Willie genuinely laugh. This in turn makes the kid smile.

Now pay attention. We’re going to slow things down here because this is where the drama begins.

Willie asks the boy who he’s with.

Tita ko po (My aunt),” he says.

Willie asks where the kid’s mom is.

Sa bahay (At home),” he says.

Bakit hindi ka sinamahan ni Mama? (Why didn’t Mama come with you?)”

This is where Jan-jan’s tone starts changing into a more sombre mood. He explains that his mom couldn’t accompany him because she just gave birth. Willie senses the mood change and tries to disarm it with casual questions.

Eventually, Jan-jan points out the aunt in in the audience and she makes a request to be allowed to come up to the stage and give Willie a hug. Willie lets her and she is so moved that she breaks down in tears. She confesses that it’s always been her dream to hug Willie.

Now to us, this is the saddest and most pathetic thing ever, to actually see someone whose life goals include hugging Willie Revillame, and then see her actually accomplish it.

But to this poor woman, this is absolutely one of the best moments in her life and she is filled with emotion. The 3,000 pesos Willie gives her makes it even tackier for us, but for her, it’s a double rainbow.

After she returns to her seat, Willie turns back to Jan-jan and asks him if he’s got anything to say to his aunt.

This is it.

As Jan-jan begins to thank his aunt for accompanying her here, his voice starts to break. This is where he starts to cry. And this is why:

He watched the genuinely heartfelt emotions that his aunt expressed and as a six-year-old kid who’s watching a loved one cry, he himself was moved. As he starts expressing gratitude to his aunt and to his dad for bringing him here, he finally wasn’t able to hold himself back and starts tearing up.

At this point, what did you expect Willie to do? Can you stop for a moment to actually play out the alternate scenarios in your head?

Did you expect him to stop the live show, kill the audience’s buzz, and delve into why the kid is crying? Should he have cancelled the kid’s performance and asked him to leave the stage? Should he have called his aunt to get the kid from the stage, the same kid who was so moved that his aunt brought him all the way here because his mother couldn’t?

These are all horrible alternatives and would in fact have lead to greater shame and embarassment for the kid.

So Willie Revillame did something beautiful. He actually tried to stop the kid from crying. He gave him a quick pep talk and encouraged Jan-jan to overcome his sadness by going ahead with his performance and showing off his talent to everybody. He was really nice about this and even gave the kid a kiss.

Jan-jan got up there and started to dance.

If Jan-jan instead sang a beautiful slow song, or performed another style of dance, then there would be no outrage. There would be standing ovation at this kid who persevered through the tears and still managed to perform his talent.

But no, it was a lewd dance. What everyone got was a most incongruous combination of crying and hip gyrating.

It caught the audience by surprise, including Willie. Remember, he originally thought the kid was going to sing. Not dance, especially not like this (UPDATE: Commenter bp pointed out that Willie knew what the kid was going to do). It was absurd. And everyone in studio found it hilarious.

To everyone else watching on the Internet, they just focused on the image of the kid, apparently crying over being forced to do these perverted acts. And because this is Willie Revillame, the despicable sleazeball that’s hated by everyone above a certain income tax bracket, everyone just assumed the worst. “Child abuse” was the accusation.

But watch again, and you’ll find there’s no abuse here. The kid’s crying is unrelated to his dancing, and that dance, in turn, has no sexual meaning for him at all.

Beyond the laughter and the outrage, we forget that there’s a kid who’s actually proud to perform his talent, however distasteful this talent may seem to some of you. He stopped crying midway through, neither shame nor humiliation in his face. He was determined to finish this dance.

He pulled it off, and Willie immediately jumped in to heap praises on him. Naturally, he threw in a few jokes about it, but if you listen, he was genuinely trying to comfort and congratulate the kid. And when Willie asked him to perform for a second time, it was clear, Jan-jan was over his sadness–his chin jutting out, steely resolve on his face.

I am not apologising for Willie Revillame’s character. With or without this incident, the guy is still a total sleazeball. There are plenty of good reasons why you should hate Willie, but I believe this isn’t one of them. Sure he and the studio audience got some lulz from the kid, but it wasn’t of an abusive nature that everyone claims it to be. And anyway, that’s the nature of his show, right? He makes fun of all his guests. In fact, given how he usually behaves, I think he was very supportive and kind to Jan-jan already. Relatively.

I may be wrong but please, before reacting, do watch the video again, consider my points, and let’s discuss it.

–Joseph Dent

47 Comments

  1. I think you’re wrong. Whatever the situation, with consent or not, a minor in sexually suggestive dance is inappropriate and bad taste.
    I was appalled not only because of the boy’s humiliation but from the cheers and applause of Willie and his audience. If this is what many Filipinos find entertaining, then many should take a deep breath and a good look at the mirror. I know many will blame Willie Revillame, the boy’s parents and TV5 for this abuse but Filipinos should also realize that if they want to stop poor taste, moral and cultural degradation on TV, change should first begin in us.

  2. i don’t know about the others, but for me it’s simple. what could have been considered as plain, simple, clean fun turned into something else when willie made the boy repeat his dance over and over again.

  3. @Jason Bruce

    Again, I believe there’s nothing sexual about it. He wasn’t being displayed to the audience to titillate them but to amuse them.

    If he was closer to puberty, then it would have been cause for concern. But he’s an adorable six year old boy doing a burlesque dance! Fully clothed! It’s cute and silly. If my nephew did this in our Christmas family gathering, we would all have a good laugh. And my nephew will not grow up scarred and emotionally disturbed.

    In my opinion, there’s no erosion of taste, moral, and cultural values happening here, just a lack of sense of humour.

  4. I’m sure victims of pedophiles didn’t feel anything sexual when their abusers first asked them to walk around naked–all in good clean fun! Just like playing in the rain!

    Jan-jan didn’t know better, but we do. And if we didn’t, then we have no right to bring more children in this dehumanized existence.

  5. @Cynthia I’m sure they didn’t. Pedophilia is a horrible thing.

    But this isn’t pedophilia at all. No adult is exploiting this child for sexual titillation. They trained him to do this because it’s silly, not because they want to get off on him.

  6. joseph,

    and where did you get the idea that jan-jan was more game the next two times?

    in any case, i can see where willie’s defenders are taking this issue. they’re focusing on the allegation of abuse. and why is that because that’s a big hole and it’s the easiest to demolish.

    they are however avoiding the more obvious fact that as a tv host willie revillame should have been more responsible. when he made jan jan repeat his dance several times, that was not being responsible.

    this happened on national tv on a show that is watched by many. it’s influential in that sense. and what do we get? lots of bad examples especially for kids.

    jan jan performing a dance that everyone knows is commonly associated with the sleazy side of entertainment is a bad example, period.

    and if i may add it’s a big lie that they had no idea jan jan was going to do that dance. willie himself mentioned that there was an audition. knowing how hands-on he is with his program, it’s quite a big lie to say willie didn’t know what that kid’s talent showcase was going to be.

  7. joseph,

    you wrote:

    If he was closer to puberty, then it would have been cause for concern. But he’s an adorable six year old boy doing a burlesque dance! Fully clothed! It’s cute and silly. If my nephew did this in our Christmas family gathering, we would all have a good laugh. And my nephew will not grow up scarred and emotionally disturbed.

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    willing willie is nothing like a private family gathering, is it?

    keyword: media responsibility

  8. @bp

    >and where did you get the idea that jan-jan was more game the next two times?

    Same place where everyone got the idea that Jan-Jan felt degraded, abused, and traumatised for life. By reading his mind.

    No seriously, I got it from how he performed it. Look at his second performance. He threw in a new routine: bending down to hold the rail (which got another laugh from Willie) which to me suggests he had more presence of mind in performing his dance.

    > in any case, i can see where willie\’s defenders are taking this issue. they\’re focusing on the allegation of abuse. and why is that because that\’s a big hole and it\’s the easiest to demolish.

    No. The defenders are focusing on this because this is what people are pissed off about. Not about Willie having no media responsibility (and I completely agree with you on that).

    Now, intellectuals like you are using this as a springboard to criticize Willie on that bigger issue. Which is fine but as I said, you could have started even without this incident. Willie has been an irresponsible public figure for the longest time (see the newest post on this blog).

    > jan jan performing a dance that everyone knows is commonly associated with the sleazy side of entertainment is a bad example, period.

    Period? Sorry but that’s an arguable point. The masses seem to have no problem with it. Ask the masses who liked this (look at the YouTube video, a third of the people like it) and they may probably say: who the hell are you to decide what we find amusing?

    > and if i may add it\’s a big lie that they had no idea jan jan was going to do that dance.

    Noted. He really is a sleazeball.

    > are adults supposed to let children do whatever just because they’re game?

    No and I never said that. But again, the main point of outrage for many people is that he was being forced to do this, that he is not enjoying this, that he is not comfortable with it.

    And all pointed out is: based on what occured in the video, it doesn’t seem like it.

    > willing willie is nothing like a private family gathering, is it?

    I’m replying to the fact that people treat this as an absolute ideal. That it is morally reprehensible for children to dance like this AT ALL.

    And I have a problem with that. I have a problem when people tell me what my moral values SHOULD be.

    You can’t say PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BE AMUSED WITH THIS FILTH while at the same time getting pissed off at Ayala Alabang and the Catholic Church for saying PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BUY CONTRACEPTIVES.

    It is a moral point and those things should be debated and argued and not passed off as fact.

  9. @bp Edited the article to strike out the Willie not knowing about the nature of the kid’s performance. Thanks for the info.

  10. Nice alternative take on the incident. It is possible that it was all done innocently, for fun (and of course with the intent to profit) by the handlers of the child and they did not mean to “exploit” Jan-Jan. In the perspective of the Filipino people of the lower socio-economic status..being a prostitute, mail order bride, a beggar, a domestic helper are ways to get through poverty. This is their reality. They see these occupations as a need to survive hence a normal part of life and believe that God will forgive and understand them as long as they go to church every Sunday.

    Most of these people are uneducated or receive poor quality education and are completely oblivious of what class, culture, etiquette, morality or political correctness is.

    I think what was wrong with this incident was the further promotion by the network instead of cutting to a commercial. Jan-Jan’s dancing is not exactly what we would like to be an example for our children. We certainly would not like our children to think that it’s perfectly ok to earn money by emulating male strippers. What we would want for our children is to introduce to them the value of reading books. The value of education . Encouraging them to develop their talents in singing and dancing (not as a stripper obviously) and sports.

    In conclusion, I think the issue here is not so much the “exploitation” of Jan-Jan but how the Filipino sense of values, decency and morality has gone down the drain. It is a reflection of the ills of society.

  11. joseph,

    fair enough.

    if you recall i started my first comment with “i don’t know about the others…” because from the very beginning i already saw that this “child abuse” angle would just be a big hole in the argument, one that would be exploited by willie and his defenders.

    that is not to say though that there was no child abuse here. i’ll let those more familiar with the law interpret whether or not child abuse did occur.

    for me the bigger issue here really is willie’s obvious lack of responsibility as a media personality.

  12. In the first place, the staff/ willie should not allowed that to be shown on national tv, what parent in their right mind would allow that…

  13. Bp,

    Did you watch this show when it was aired on television or did you watch it on youtube or through other links? Because I think your your view on this issue may have been different had you watched the act on air, without other people’s comments on the video and all.

    I was able to watch the show on television and I have never thought about the child being disrespected by the show host nor have ever seen the act as abusive. And I think I’m sensitive enough to issues of child abuse.

  14. asti,

    doesn’t matter where i saw it. but if you really must know, i saw it on youtube. and contrary to what you wish to imply, i didn’t form any conclusion based on the comments of other people. i have my own brain to use for that.

    also if you want to talk about the child abuse angle, you’re barking up the wrong tree. i’m not anchoring my argument on that. my issue is about willie’s bad judgment call to have jan-jan repeat his performance several times.

    to be frank about it, the first time it could have passed off as just good clean fun. it was all downhill after that.

    so, i maintain there’s something seriously wrong here.

  15. @One True Master:

    Excellent insight about the masses’s attitude towards sex — how it may just be a basic part of their lives so it’s not something they don’t treat with prudish reverence.

    If we examine the humor of those in the lower classes, I think we can find that sex jokes play a prominent part in it, right there with other body functions. And slapstick.

    To the educated upper classes, these are crude and offensive. And I guess that’s what yours and @bp’s take on this is. That those who are educated and are in positions of great influence need to be responsible and start raising the quality of our culture instead of pandering to and exploiting the tastes of the masses.

    That’s something I can get behind.

    This piece I really just wrote as a response to the hysterical reactions against the so-called traumatic ordeal that Jan-Jan had to go through.

  16. first and foremost, this is a show willie is trying to run, and just like any other show of this genre, it must be fun and entertaining for it to survive. and the target demographic here are the masses, so naturally willie has to bring to the table something the masses could relate to, something the masses find fun. obviously, bp does not belong to the masses because he/she barely saw the fun in it. i belong to the masses, i had fun watching it. not because the dance was sexual in nature, but because a six-year-old looked silly doing it. i totally agree with joseph on this one.

    there is a great divide when it comes to what amuses the masses and the rich and educated. remember titanic? while the rich were eating, listening to classical music, and the masses were having their own brand of fun downstairs.

    that’s what happened here. but the rich found it distasteful, the poor did not. the rich made a big fuss about it, putting willie in bad light (again), the poor coming to willie’s rescue (again), hence the further divide.

    abuse only happens when there is an aggrieved party. on this one, there is none.

  17. Protection of children and promotion of children’s rights are not a rich vs. poor issue. It is a universal right that transcends all economic, social and cultural divides. The law applies to all economic strata and the poor can’t hide behind the mantra that poverty excuses all commissions or omissions of crimes and misdemeanors. The more affluent don’t necessarily treat their children any better but there should be a moral tug that one should feel when a child like Jan Jan is made an object of ridicule. Our treatment of children are subject to a complete different set of standards as they are the most vulnerable in our society. They need special protection from everyone. The fact that the majority does not find it deplorable does not make it right.

  18. @EllaG

    Everyone here completely agrees with that.

    Did you even read the post or the comment thread? Because we pretty much concur here that no child abuse happened.

  19. It’s not just in the Philippines where children don’t enjoy a special privilege. It’s everywhere. And we should put a stop to it. The reason why we need to protect them at a young age is because we want to raise them as responsible citizens. It’s not a good start when we teach them how to dance like strippers. Jan Jan is crippled morally because his parents are not even aware that letting a child dance ala stripper is wrong. They are slowly being introduced to the concept of sex at such a young age.

  20. While on a plane back to the Philippine, I had a very interesting conversation with my seatmate who was a foreigner on a business trip to Manila. His girlfriend is a Filipina. He found it sad that when he visited his gf’s family in in the Visayas, he noticed that all the women in the family had to work while all the men were just passing the time in front of the television or at the corner store drinking. He noticed that families prostitute their children for financial gains and parents don’t have any remorse about it.

  21. Most people concur on this thread that there is no child abuse because you are using a standard applicable to adults. When an adult dances ala macho dancer, that’s ok. But when a child is taught to dance that way, that is wrong. And to make the kid dance like that repeatedly WITHOUT REGARD TO HIS FEELINGS AND CONDITIONS is a form of child abuse. Nobody asked if Jan Jan was alright. He was already crying. Crying is a signal of discomfort. And to ignore that and still make fun of the kid is child abuse. You don’t need physical force to inflict child abuse. Taunting a kid and making fun of him is child abuse. We are just not familiar with the concept because we think child abuse is acceptable in our society.

  22. @EllaG I really wish to discuss this more but you obviously didn’t read my blog post or if you did, just chose to ignore it.

    Anyway, may I direct you and your seatmate to Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs). When people can barely meet their primal needs, they don’t tend to give much importance to the higher values and ideals that you hold dear.

  23. @ambrosio dimaculangan

    Purely from his performance as a host, I thought he handled the situation well.

    Really good point about the divide between what the masses find entertaining and what the privileged find entertaining. If there is no abuse, then it really boils down to taste and values.

  24. first of all i’d like to say that this is an excellent comment thread. while there are differing views, there is none of the rabid and nonsensical type of commenting that almost always takes away the fun in intellectually stimulating discussions.

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    ambrosio,

    sorry but your assumption that i do not belong to the masa is wrong. i belong to the masa. maybe i just don’t sound like it.

    this issue is really not about social class. it’s more about values. poor values and bad taste transcends social class as i’m sure you know.

    it’s becoming clear that there’s an attempt to turn this into a rich vs. poor issue. from a pr crisis management standpoint that makes sense and it’s obviously what willie would do to get himself out of this bind.

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    joseph,

    your point about maslow’s heirarchy of needs makes sense. i’m inclined to think though that there’s really nothing that should stop those who give importance to higher values to try to get those who remain fixed on primal needs to move up the ladder.

  25. I agree with you here. I’m not a fan of Willie and never would be – he’s rude and plain nasty at times but this was not one of them. I think the people who are saying it’s child abuse are just overreacting. Many times I see parents, lolas and titas asking young children “sayaw ka ng ispageti anak” or “gayahin mo daw si marimar” – Most of the people who say that Willie is guilty of “child abuse” are probably guilty themselves of teaching their own kids a sexy dance or two. It wasn’t Willie who taught the kid to dance anyway – it was the tita (and the dad) who if you watch the video was so thrilled and looked so proud to see jan jan dancing on tv.

    Taunting a child on national tv or even at home is not child abuse – it’s…well..it’s what adults do. We make fun of kids – probably because it was what the adults did to us when we were growing up. We Filipinos have never been politically correct – and we probably would never be.

    People accuse Willie all sorts of things probably he’s such an easy target. Also partly because he’s got a yacht, several houses and makes more money in a month than some of us would ever see in our lifetime. He is in a position of privilege and people probably expect more from him. But Willie Revillame’s show is not for everyone. It appeals to a certain demographic who find these things amusing. To those who are overly sensitive and read into everything – I suggest changing the channel and watch something on National Geographic.

    If anything it’s really the parents who should be blamed for these things. It’s the parents who allow their kids to be subjected to humiliation, exploitation and child abuse (which the jan jan incident probably was not) all for the sake of a quick buck. There are times when parents are lazy (I’m not saying jan jan’s parents are – maybe they are, maybe they aren’t I can’t really say) and irresponsible and put the burden on their kids to make a living for them.

    Lighten up everyone… children are very resilient and hopefully the child probably was not scarred for life because of this. And guess what, the more you comment and nitpick about Mr. Revillame – the more popular he gets. I’m not going to be surprised if Willie is just laughing his ass off at all this because – we just gave him lots more publicity – which means more endorsements, more shows and more money for him.

  26. @ManufacturedByFacts,

    “Para sa mga taong nagmamarunong diyan:”

    Was that really necessary?

    Despite your attitude, I read your link and I don’t see any declaration that UNICEF has conducted any fact-finding inquiry into the matter. They merely declare their support for whatever statement DSDW and other groups issued.

    Unfortunately, as far as I know, these other groups have also failed to make any formal inquiries, and just reacted to the outrage. This is the politically correct thing to do, but not necessarily the right thing to do.

    UNICEF has experience with children but it doesn’t necessarily make them the superior arbiter on what is or isn’t child abuse. For one, that’s not even their job. Their job is charity. Two, institutions are as fallible as individuals. Some examples where your reasoning goes wrong:

    – Department of Tourism na yan. They should know more about public relations and tourism more than ANYONE here.

    – Office of the Ombudsman na yan. They should know more about clean public service more than ANYONE here.

    – Lehman Brothers na yan. They should know more about mortgages more than ANYONE here.

  27. Are Filipinos moral relativist? Because we are sounding like one on this issue- but that’s another topic 🙂 I think economic status is not a primary factor, social class or education attainment is only secondary. The poor or the “less educated” Filipinos if they have strong moral standards and taste will see that there’s something wrong with a crying 6-year old boy sexually gyrating on TV for money while other people are cheering.

    Just because its entertaining, with parental consent, in good intentions or it brings food on the table doesn’t mean it’s right. We all need to realize that specially Willie R who over and over again hide behind the excuse “gusto lang namin o intensyon lang namin magpasaya”. We all need to think deep that in helping others what is more important: Intentions or results? Ill be interested to see an in-depth report if the poor contestants who won prizes on these shows really turned their lives around for the better. Did the show really helped them or hurt them more?

  28. @JasonBruce: I think the basic point Mr. Dent was trying to make was that Jan-Jan was not “sexually gyrating” on TV. He was dancing. Dancing for money. Which is sad in itself.

  29. >>It is a moral point and those things should be debated and argued and not passed off as fact.

    I would argue that the uproar that people are raising is a part of that debate. I have to confess I never had the chance to watch the video because I couldn’t stomach the thought of watching a child gyrate in front of his elders to please them. As a child, I refused to demean myself by dancing for my rich uncle; I obviously have issues.

    Now I’m a law abiding citizen and I do respect the idea that everyone is entitled to a proper defense of themselves under the law. You’ve also provided what seems to be a balanced look at the events that transpired. But sometimes, really just sometimes, people who are disgusting enough to me exist that I’m willing to bend my morality just a little bit. I mean look, Al Capone got put away on tax evasion charges, not the numerous other much more heinous things that he did in his lifetime. If this is what it takes to put Willie down, then goddamn it I’ll bite the bullet and deal with the ramifications later on.

  30. Greetings to all of you!

    I salute this comment thread. This is exactly what i want to see and read coming from diff. smart and modest people (excluding those who are showing their irrationally extreme opinion) with regards to the topic of Jan-Jan being the subject of “Child Abuse”.

    I myself believed that Jan-jan is far beyond to be considered a victim of Child Abuse when he performed in Willing Willie show…But with the publicity rising up towards the issue, dito nko naaawa s bata…

  31. “I myself believed that Jan-jan is far beyond to be considered a victim of Child Abuse when he performed in Willing Willie show…But with the publicity rising up towards the issue, dito nko naaawa s bata…”

    ^ What do you mean?

  32. Based on your analysis, it is in my opinion that the child’s loneliness and tears could have stemmed from these reasons:
    1. Concern for his mother who just gave birth recently (lack of sleep,lack of money etc).
    2. A feeling of insecurity that his parents, esp the mother, no longer loves him because the attention is geared towards the new baby (his sibling) now.
    3. A temporary sense of abandonment in the part of Jan-Jan because he still doesn’t understand that his newly arrived sibling need all the attention from the parents right now in order to survive.
    4. He needed to be in the show so he could help his parents with the bills. Filipinos are aware that the quickest way to obtain thousands of money is through Willie’s show among others.

    I can understand now why Jan-Jan’s parents have to sue that psychologist named Carandang. She and all others were quick to condemn Willie of child abuse right away.

    His parents are just any other parents who help their talented kids try their luck on TV or other talent contests in hopes of being discovered and become rich and famous.

  33. @ Nonato, Good afternoon Sir.

    With ref.to your question, what i mean is, I dont agree that the 6 year old boy was a victim of Child Abuse, i think they should look on the deeper matter. And with all the media and other Govt.Entities asking the boy and his family to get interviewed with, is a traumatic experience that this boy and family had to go through not to mention the other personalities/politicians condemning his act and judging his parents on the way how he was raised..

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