At this day and age, ratings have become a lame excuse to do just practically anything to catch attention, even at the expense of innocent bystanders. Add the fact that some Twitter trending topics via hashtags solidify the popularity of certain broadcast programs, an observation that I was told that some programs have even learned to plug hashtags so that they would see their respective programs trend on Twitter. On my end though, after seeing the not-so-bright side of Twitter, the ugly realization is this = not all trending topics are “trending” per se. They don’t trend not because practically everyone is tweeting about something. They trend because that is what plugging is for.
Before I go off the rails all over again because of the harsh realizations in Twitter, it has dawned on me that DJ Mo Twister is using Howard Stern as a peg on his radio program “Good Times” by fabricating a nasty hashtag to make his own program trend on Twitter … at the expense of Charice who never did anything bad to him. But Charice is popular, she has a fanbase that ranged from solid to rabid in terms of their devotion to their idol and Mo knew they would react in a way that would help further trend the hashtag #charicepempengcosextape. It is just so foul that it reeks of desperation. Seriously he can do better than that but took the low road knowing be it negative or positive, there is still a reaction looming to trend his program on Twitter. Is this a subtle admission that he really found it hard this time around to shake off GTWMT’s competitor, The Morning Rush?
Don’t worry, I’ve read as many tweets as possible before writing this and I am flabbergasted at the Mo apologists saying “Can’t you take a joke?” as if something as sensitive as this could be taken as a joke. It is not funny and it’s something damaging to Charice as a person. Good Times at the expense of Charice? No, thank you. There are jokes that are meant to be funny and there are jokes meant to offend and turn a person into a laughingstock for a mob.
It’s not that people like the Chasters can’t take a joke. It’s just that the hashtag was demeaning, deliberately demeaning. No, I’m not buying the apology because deep down inside, he’s enjoying the attention he’s getting right now due to this Charice brouhaha that he created online. (It’s also the reason why I had qualms at first in writing this) Something even tells me that he only apologized to Charice only after the Magic memo got published and dragged his co-hosts into the quagmire. It was all fun and laughter until the three of them got slapped with a suspension. Now where did the Good Times go?
Truth be told, I’m not sure if he’s worth forgiving at this point (I’m willing to forgive Suzy and Mia though since they only got dragged into this by affinity, I believe). What if we forgive him and then he does it again? God is forgiving but we’re not God. What makes forgiveness difficult to dish out is the fact that you don’t see remorse or penance on the part of the one who started this. Perhaps it isn’t enough yet that he lost children by abortion to even think of atonement for everything he had done.
I know, I know. Some of you would crucify me for dragging his personal life into this critique of Mo. When he dragged Charice’s personal life by creating a hashtag on Twitter and trending it in a lame attempt to throw off the competition (even just on Twitter), how come some of you still come to his defense? What sucks about this is that he found it so easy to bash on other celebrities as if he doesn’t have skeletons in the closet that could have been worse than the stuff he said on air. It reminds you of some stand up comics who found it so easy to make fun of celebs but clam up and cry foul when it’s their personal life being dissected and becoming subject to nasty humor.
Charice will find it easy to move on from this = she’s made. I can’t say the same thing for Mo though.