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Dear Fashion PULIS,
I am writing to you to express my disgust towards a celebrity funnyman, FM's unkind and very inconsiderate treatment of our old people who were his avid fans.
On the eve of FM’s concert in our province, my friend F, a vocalist in a band playing at a local bar and restaurant BR, sent me an SMS that there would be a “Meet and Greet with FM” at that restaurant. F's mom, mommy M, was coming to see in person this popular comedian and host, together with her senior citizen friend, mommy S. Both women went travelling a good 50+ kilometers to get to the venue. The old women dropped everything for that day, and readied their camera for their idol FM.
I was curious of FM, too, as everyone finds him hilarious and funny. I’ve watched him occasionally on tv, and yes, he is talented and witty. Nevertheless, I really didn’t care much until I personally witnessed what fame can do to people like him. It’s sad that many look up to him but based on our experience, I find him not worthy at all of the adulation.
Okay, so mommies M and S and I were at BR. It was my treat for the two dear women of mine since we haven’t seen each other in a long time. Fortunately, F's gig was also scheduled that night. The plan was for FM to jam with her band. So we had dinner at the restaurant, then patiently waited for FM. Finally, the “celebrity” arrived with his entourage and had dinner there as well. We then waited till they were done. Mommy S said it was past her bedtime as it was already 10 PM but she really wanted to stay to have her photo taken with FM. Mommy M seconded and she excitedly told us that she would show her photo with FM to her customers at the parlor.
But that wasn't so -- as these old, plain women who only had one simple wish, a photo with their idol, went home very sad and frustrated. FM’s Manila organizers said that they were not informed that there would be a picture-taking. But there were like really few customers, come on! What was 5 minutes of FM's time? He could have made a difference!
Where is your goodwill, FM? You could have called the shots and actually said yes on your own because after all, the people in our province were hospitable and very civilized to you. At BR, we were very polite enough not to have meddled with you until you have thoroughly finished your dinner, and everything. The restaurant owner even pleaded with you that you would have photos with ONLY 5 groups, nothing more - para lang di naman magtampo, especially the old people who came from far away places and needed to go home that night.
We are a loving and kind people and we showed it to you, FM. You knew and felt it because you even tweeted about it many times. Nobody mobbed you, or did anything nasty. But what did you do in return? You broke their hearts! They thought that you’re a good role model until you shamed yourself in our city. Beware, curses from the old are very powerful. I’m afraid of what will happen to you, FM. Maybe you’re on top now, but it’s no guarantee that you will remain on top forever.
Boycotting your tv shows and gigs from now on, gives us power to put you on your place. Good riddance, FM.
Thank you, Fashion PULIS for accommodating my letter.
Note: Letter is edited for brevity
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