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Pray NO HOLDS BARRED Armida Siguion-Reyna 03/15/2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Armida Siguion-Reyna
Tragedy brings out the worst and the best in people. Our not-so distant memories of Typhoon “Ondoy” support the statement to be fact.

How truly awful now in the aftermath of the twin quakes that hit Japan, to have despicable opportunists set to make money out of the misery of others; termite-like publicity-seekers out of the woodwork believing that good or bad, publicity is still publicity; and idiots-and-a-half pushing to have their share of the limelight.

In the US, CNBC anchor Larry Kudlow on the business segment of his show was perhaps trying to be witty, when he compared the global stock market doing better than Japan: “The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll and we can be grateful for that.” Viewers were outraged, and he apologized, explaining he was really only “talking about markets, I flubbed the line. Sincere apology.”

A supposedly popular American rap star — I’d never heard of the guy, 50 Cent, I mean, how can that be the name of a person — made offensive tweets about the earthquake and the tsunami and is being lambasted for it. He dismissed the tsunami threat to the US West Coast with “Wave will hit 8 a.m. them crazy white boys try to go surfing.” (sic) And followed it up with “Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate my hoes (the slang word, I am told, for whores) from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol” (sic). Reacting to intense criticism, the rapper’s feeble alibi was “Some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value. Hate it or love it. I’m cool either way.”.... MORE

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