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Monday, May 6, 2013

Letter from a Reader: Cause for Alarm

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Hi FP, 

I am an avid follower of your site, kudos for finding the juiciest gossip in town. My apologies in advance for this rant but I can't help myself from sending you my concern. 

As I was watching this weekend show,  3 little girls and some other network talents were dancing to Cindy Lauper's song "She Bop." Do they know that the song is kind of touchy due to its sexually suggestive content? Are they aware of the fact that it has something to do with mas**r*ation??? I was awed and very disturbed while watching the whole production number.  Can't the production staff do some due diligence in researching the content/message of the song or any materials they use before subjecting its talents (especially little girls) to use it for a song/dance number?  

I am not prude by all means but the fact that there were kids involved made me really cringe and I'm sure that other like-minded viewers felt the same way, too. By writing to you I hope this catches their (the network's) attention and they would be more circumspect next time. 

We all know that in media organizations, entertaining and responsible programming is key. As such, these networks should be very vigilant and adhere to the social responsibility they were tasked and vowed to uphold.

Thanks for your time in reading this, FP. 

Responsible citizen,
Anna

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88 comments:

  1. Sure aketch this prod was done in KaH! That channel already has a sleazy history sa shows nila!

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    1. wala ka pa ring bagong linya teh?! tse!

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    2. Haha.. tama.ka anon12:50.

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    3. Hoy teh, baguhin mo naman linya mo, kasing gasgas na tulad ng fezlak mo. Lol

      Kapi Kat

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  2. piging sa kamuning to!

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  3. Oa mo naman! Malay ba ng mga bagets sa meaning nyan hindi nila kapanahunan yan tehh! hindi na nila i-google yan nuh! Basta dance dance lng un pinagawa sa kanila! Buti ba kung may sexual act sila nuh!!!

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    1. Ay te, kahit na! That song is not controversial for nothing. Andami namang mas catchy na songs dyan ah. Hay nako, poor research results to poor production number. Very tasteless!

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    2. Yun nga ang point eh. Ang mga bata hindi pa nila alam dahil inusente sila. Pero ang nasa production puro adults na and they should know better. Kung mahalay pala ang song eh bakit mo patutugtugin and note that it's on national tv pa. Marami namang clean catchy songs noh.

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    3. kya nga ung production team ang kinocondemn ni letter sender dba?! kc cla dpat ung dpat maglagay ng tamang prod sa tamang artist.

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    4. Matatandaan nila yung lyrics at ma-c-curious sila kung ano yun. Kelangan ba dito satin palaging literal? Madaming bagay ang nararating ng subliminal meaning. Nasaan ang magulang ng mga batang ito nuon? Is

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    5. Cyndi said she wanted to write a song that young girls would think was about dancing, then when they hit puberty they would realize it was about mas****ation. Most of the girls I knew who were around that age when the song came out got the message.She never directly stated in the song what the meaning of the song was, so it could receive airplay. - cyndi lauper(wikipedia)

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    6. No wonder ganito ang estado ng bansa natin. Kasi most of us celebrate ignorance. Basta maganda sa pandinig at popular, tanggap na lang ng tanggap. Keber na kung may mga subliminal messages ba. Kumustahin mo naman ang media natin- to think na isa ito sa pillars of society at ang supposed advocate in the weaving of our moral fibers. The more we subject ourselves with such kind of entertainment, it's like sealing them with our approval. To quote a material that I have read "If we choose coarse, banal, or risque entertainment, our culture will flood the market with one." Nakakalungkot. Let us- being responsible adults- be vigilant.

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    7. Over ka naman maka-lait ng bansa mo, Anon 10:59 AM. Saan ba ni-release originally ang kantang yan, at sino ang artist? Di ba sa Amerika at amerkana ang kumanta? Ano naman ang comparison ng Tate sa Pinas? Tapos sasabihin mo ganito ang estado ng pilipinas kasi "most of us celebrate ignorance". Ano naman ang masasabi mo sa bansa kung saan nanggaling ang kantang yan? Nakakaloka ka!

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    8. The Children didn't know the meaning and will never if no one will tell them. Why bother on making arguments about this kind of matter ? Di ka na-bother ang mga bagets.
      A child doesn't know a malicious act until he is told. BAKIT, MAY PLANO KAYONG SABIHIN TO SA MGA BAGETS ?
      Ito pang si Anon10:59 umabot pa sa problema ng pilipinas. Ano kinalaman ng pilipinas diyan sa prod nila ? KalerQUI

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    9. 2:16 Te, mas**r*ation is the message of the song. Ikaw kaya ang ignorant. So you think iba ang message ng song sa Tate at iba sa Pinas? Gosh, ang shunga mo lang te! Seriosuly!

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    10. Any sensible individual must have understood- or at the very least, came across "the tip of the iceberg." Nuff said.

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  4. Saw this prod no. And I think there's nothing wrong with it. It was properly done, hindi malaswa ang sayaw ng mga bata. Ayos naman ang execution. People have different interpretations and hindi mas****ation ang lumabas sa prod na yon. Mas nakaka bother pa nga yung mga bata na kumakanta ng "saving all my love for you" na di hamak na mas maraming beses na napalabas sa TV at kung saan saan na contest pero we know na they do it just to show their vocal capabilities. It's all in your mind dear.

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    1. it was the song content teh basa basa din pag may time and try to comprehend bago magbigay ng opinion teh.

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    2. Teh, the song is 'a blatant ode to mas****ation' , as no less than Cyndi Lauper stated in an old interview. There's no room for interpretation dahil masyado na syang literal.

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    3. Anon 2:53 and 4:16 may i remind you the clear message of the song "saving all my love for you" kanta ng mga kabitchina! Now tell me sino ang inappropriate sa dalawa? Pero deadma lang kayo pag naririnig nyo sa mga bata na kumakanta!

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    4. i had no idea that that song is about mas****ation! and i'm in my 30's! baka naman the prod people didnt know about it. i never heard that "she bop" was controversial, and i dont think that people nowadays really care about the song.

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    5. Masyado nyo pinapadami ang problema nyo. Kanta lang yan, di alam ng mga bata ang subliminal-subliminal meaning nyan. Pag malaki na sila saka pa nila malalaman, at yan ay kung maririnig pa nila ulit at kung ire-research nila pagdating ng panahon. Maraming kantang may iba ring meaning, anuveh. Merong pang-terorista, merong pang-kabitsina, meron pang-luka-luka, merong puro hate, meron pang literal na nagmumura. Tama na 'to, lets move on na. Wala yan, kalimutan na. Lol.

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    6. Mali pa rin ang paggamit ng kanta na about mas**r*ation. Poor prod staff! Walang research skills!

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    7. +1 kina Anon 1:17pm at Anon 2:22pm! I think people are overreacting. Kung hindi naman pala alam ng mga bata (or even the prods) yung totoong meaning nung kanta, anong masama ngayon? At kahit sabihin niyong may subliminal context yun, eh ano ngayon? What's inherently wrong with mas****ation anyway? It's a natural thing to do. Ang dami-daming Pinoy novelty songs na may double meaning na madalas din sinasayaw ng mga bata noon - Spaghetti, Jumbo Hotdog, Bulaklak, etc. May mga bata rin na gumagaya sa dance steps ni Michael Jackson na parang nag-mamas****ate. What's wrong kung sasayawin nila yun? Walang masama sa seksualidad. Walang masama sa mas****ation. Humans are s***al animals.

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    8. Yung mga OA jan for sure yung katapat ang pinapanood. Haha! Mapintasan lang ang production staff. Sige sana lang next week isend din lahat ng may double meaning na song dito sa FP ng magsawa sila at mag mukang T

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  5. Yikesss
    -PACHENG

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  6. am now on my 40s but i never knew what the song meant until now...made research on this, and tama nga!

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    1. Pareho tayo, Anon 12:33. Sinasayaw ko din yan nung kapanahunan ko pero wala namang naging masamang epekto sa kin, kaya kung ako sa iba dyan, dedmahin na lang tutal malaki ang tsans na di rin yan mapapansin ng mga bata, tulad ko at ni Anon 12:33 AM, hehehe.

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  7. I'm beyond 30 and I know Cyndi Lauper but I didn't know that She Bop's about that. You got your point across, but I'm sure this was not deliberately done.

    "Lauper said she wanted little kids to think the song was about dancing, and to understand the real meaning as they got older. " -wikipedia

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  8. I agree with 12:18 AM, mostly naman ng mga bata hindi alam ang message ng mga kanta lalo na ngayon na iba na ang generation. Basta ba nag-eenjoy yung mga bata sa pagsayaw, why not just enjoy the show.

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  9. Era ko din un pero hindi ko napansin yung meaning, dahil siguro sa beat.

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  10. you are prude.

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  11. I didn't even know that She Bop is about mas**r*ation. In short, walang malisya para sa akin kung sayawin yan ng mga bata.

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    1. Same here. Sometimes kasi masyado din tayo OA. Saka, bakit kaya di siya sa MTRCB sumulat at dito pa nya sa FP pinadala? Anong intentions nya? Responsible citizen pero di niya alam na MTRCB ang dapat pagsumbungan niya! hays...

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  12. i think this is T.P?

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  13. S show sa kaF..

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  14. ma y.t nga yang She bop na yan. aling show ba ito?

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  15. who cares???!!! it just a dance ok.it not like a song were you sing it lerics.i dont even know what song it She Pop it.it popular before? who singit? the girls dint know it also iam right?? feel ko lahat nlang u make it issue..haaay

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    1. Sabog ang grammar at spelling mo te. ("Lerics" talaga?) Mag-Tagalog ka na lang.

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    2. Duguan ang english language sa yo, teh.

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    3. Ikaw cguro teh ung mga bumibirit sa ktv sa kanto! Kaloka sabog na sabog!

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    4. ineng, magtagalog ka na lang ha.

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    5. R.I.P. english ....

      nag nosebleed ako sayo at sa mga "LERICS" mong patiwakal ang pagkakaayos xD

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  16. Eh ung oppa gangnam style anu po meaning nun? Parang bastos nga un pero sinsayaw ng lahat.

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    1. Dear, hindi yun basta kahit i-translate mo pa sa English. Cyndi Lauper (yung singer) admitted that She Bop is really about mas**r*ation, so why defend pa? Please lang, wag magpaka-fantard.

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    2. eh what about BOP BOP BABY ng westlife. di ko pa rin gets ang meaning nun.

      -former 90's kid

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    3. Anon 2:43AM
      Matanong nga kita, kung hindi ba sinabi ni Cindy Lauper na tungkol duon yung kanta nya, ikaw ba mismo yun ang iisipin mo? And please wag ka agad magsabi ng fantard, tama sabi ng iba dito, yung iba wala namang pakialam sa lyrics basta maganda lang yung beat. ngayon kung nasa lyrics mismo yung sinabi ni Cindy Lauper at me nagdefend, you have all the right na magtawag ng fantard.

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    4. 11:26 Eh di i-research mo! Di mo alam mag-google te?
      4:17 The lyrics themselves are clear that the song is about mas**r*ation. Duh! Hindi sinabi ni Lauper outright noon kasi gusto niyang magka-publicity, only when people started talking about it that she admitted that the song is about mas**r*ation.

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  17. Hindi naman straightforward yung lyrics. To most kids, it's just an innocuous song to dance to. My daughter's favorite song is "California Gurls", malay ba nya kung tungkol saan yung popsicle? I can't stop her from liking it, it's being played on mainstream radio. When I was young, we danced to "Ice, Ice Baby" in our school presentation. Malay ba namin it was about drug run. It was just a danceable hit. I'm sure the parents in the 80s didn't mind their kids dancing to She Bop, it's a good rhyme song and Cyndi is wholesome as Andre the Giant. Anna, you may want to cover your children's ears when pop music is played or fill their ipods with TG songs coz most pop songs are filled with sexual and violent innuendos and it ain't gonna change.

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    1. yeah meron pa ngang line sa califoria gurls na "s*x on the beach" hehe but i love the song

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    2. Given na lahat ng pop music may explicit words or what but hindi naman kelngan i promote pa on national tv coz not all parents will understand or let their children listen to any songs they want!

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  18. Karamihan kasi sa atin, basta maganda ang beat, walang paki sa words. Either they don't understand or they don't care.

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    1. yep, we dont care because we dont understand. why make a big deal about something na walang malisya sa mga tao?

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    2. Agree! E ako nga 49 years old, now ko lang nalaman, seriously! I didn't care. Kahit nung kasikatan ng kantang yan sinasayaw din ng mga bata sa TV becasue of the beat. I do not know what the motive of this letter sender is, but the lyrics are not explicit so i hope you just shut your mouth. Imagine what the kids will think if they unknowingly dance to the song with hidden meaning.

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  19. Really ? Point of discussion and time Ito ?

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  20. ang sipag mag reply ni letter sender sa mga comments :)

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  21. Ka F na show that "rocks" once a week! Napanuod ko toh! Kalowkah!

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  22. sipag ni ateng anna magsulat ke fp ah. ikaw rin ba un anna sa an amalayer story? LOL

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  23. kung concern ka talaga bakit dito ka nagpadala ng letter at di nagreklamo sa mtrcb? halatang tsismosa ka talaga ateng !!!

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  24. You dearie are indeed prude and sanctimonious. Who here didn't sing their lungs out with the Spice Girls 2 become 1. The meaning is more blatant than this.

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    1. I didn't because I know what 2 become 1 means. I sang Wanna Be! Girl Power! :)

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  25. Parte na ng buhay natin ang mga kanta, kahit anong mauso, kahit ano pa meaning, kahit ano pang language, sige pa rin tayo sa pakikinig at pag maganda yung beat sinasayaw. Ang mga bata, wala sila pakialam kung ano sinasayaw nila, basta feel nila sayawin. Halos lahat na ng kanta ngayon may explicit content. Ikaw ba ate sender, magaganda ba napapakinggan mong kanta, nakikinig ka ba ng Hillsong, citipointe, planetshakers? Wag mong akusahan ang ibang tao kung ang pinapakinggan mo eh walang pinagkaiba sa production staff?

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    1. kahit naman nung sinuauna pa, may pagka sexual ang message ng kanta. ano sa palagay niyo ang kwento ng kundiman na, "Nabasag ang Banga". It's about the loss of a woman's virginity. But that song is regarded a classic. Huwag masyadong uptight. Enjoy life. It's far too short to be concerned with mundane things.

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    2. Nabasag sa Banga was made famous by national artist Atang dela Rama during the early 1900's. Nagrebelde ba ang mga mongha at fraile?

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  26. nung bata ako sinayaw na rin namin ito sa school..at i even sing it then, pero wala naman naging epekto yun sa pagkatao ko ngayon..hindi naman ako naging s** addict or p**p**..OA ka lang letter sender. wag masyadong maging literal.

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  27. ang OA naman na Anna na yan! Get a life, you boorish prude!

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    1. Respect her, she has every right to say what she wants.

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  28. I guess we should never let these young girls listen or dance to any songs of Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, and Lady Gaga. We all know the sexual euphemisms contained in their songs. Our poor kids of today are getting corrupted by music. Horrors!

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    1. So paano yan - mag tinikling na lang sila?

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    2. baka pati tinikling ipagbawal kasi it mimics the mating rituals of the tikling birds.

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  29. As a mother, I never told my girls what to listen to and what not to listen. I just explained how some songs are not written for them because they were implying things that only adults should do. And pramis, sa murang edad nila, they enjoy music for the beats and sound, not for the messages. Nasa magulang yan how they guide their kids! Kahit ano pa marinig nila sa loob at labas ng bahay, kung may gabay ng magulang, hindi mapapariwara. Ikaw atey na letter sender, maybe you should guide your kids. I'm too afraid they'll rebel against you sooner or later.

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    1. Why will her kids rebel against her? Kaya nga siya napasulat sa FP bec it's precisely that, she is alarmed as a very concerned parent.

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    2. To anon 5:31 baka mag rebelde dahil base sa letter nya parang ang stiff nya na parent. Baka mas malala pa kat mommy P and D. Hahaha

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    3. If you want to be vigilant, follow your children wherever they go and listen to everything they talk about. With the advent of technology, you don't know how much your children are already aware of. You might be surprised to find out that She Bop will pale in comparison.

      Listen to Madonna's I'm Crazy for You: Two by two, their bodies become one. Ayan wala nang subliminal message.

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  30. Alam mo FP, ngayon ko lang nalaman na tungkol pala dun yung song. Before my time daw, ehe. Eh siguro masmalala pero parang pareho na rin yan dun sa mga pinapakanta na power ballad sa mga bata. Yung mga kanta tungkol sa mga nagpapatiwalang na babae dahil iniwan o linoko ng lalake. Never appropriate pero wa care ang mga talent manager. Worse pa ang halos lahat ng rap and r&b songs ngayon, halos lahat tungkol sa s** at dioskopo ang mga babae sa video. Unahin niyo na si Rihanna, never na lang siyang fully clothed.

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  31. anong show to mga teh? nasa row 4 ako ngayon

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  32. so ano ng clue anong show itech?

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  33. Baka thunders na yung letter sender. Hindi nya siguro alam na sa panahon ngayon mas marami at mas grabe ang meaning ng mga kanta na pinapatugtog at labas sa TV at radio. What more kung marinig nya ang mga pop songs ngayon baka atakihin sa puso yan. HAHA!

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    1. manang manang siguro. eh dito nga sa US ini-encourage ang mas*t*r*bation kasi it guards against teenage pregnancy and venereal diseases. there is also scientific proof that prevents prostate cancer kasi nari release ang toxins na naga accumulate.

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  34. lol okay..alam nyo ba yung sinasayaw sa noon time na show na "take it to the head" and at one point they also dance "Pony" by ginuwine. look up the lyrics on that lol..mga batang babae nag cheer sa kanila. sa lahat ng shows sa philippines..mag ingat naman po tayo..peace!

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  35. Sus mga single for life. Mga hindi naman kasi kayo magulang. I wouldn't let my baby dance to that song.

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    1. We may be single forever but it doesn't mean we don't have children, like nieces and nephews to guide. We are just confident that no matter what things they hear or see, they know how to judge if it's proper or not because they are properly guided by us. Don't blame it on the music, game, tv or etc. blame it on the parents' parenting skills.

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    2. Tatlo ang anak ko at may apo na akong isa, Im in my 40's now. Sa panahon ko sumikat ang kanta na yan. I will let my kids and my grand baby dance to that song anytime. Wala kasi akong malisya and I'm pretty sure their life and their future will not be affected in any way by simply dancing to that song. I simply don't let myself and my loved ones get affected by little things like this. Peace.

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  36. Initials ng network ang nasa title? Tsaka dami nagkocomment na ok lang daw.e kung kaH toh tyak masama itong ipalabas. Katulad nung kila R at L vs A.karamihan sa fans ng kaF para sa kanila masagwa yung ginawa nila lovi tapos nung si A nasita ng mtrcb, kung makasabi ng OA daw ang mtrcb.

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  37. there is a thin line between concerned and malicious. anong alam ng mga bata sa meaning ng song? and for sure and prod team ng show na ito walang intention na mag bigay ng ibang meaning sa song. malisyoso ang letter sender. bakit ang song na chasing pavements na sabi nila may ibang meaning eh kinakanta on air. bakit hindi nireklamo yun.

    speaking ofshow..anong show to? lol. row four katabi ng basurahan at malapit sa pinto.

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  38. Oh but you ARE a prude. You can't even spell MAS****ATION out right

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